KINGSTON – Wyoming Valley West seems to find new heroes every game.
The Spartans defeated Wyoming Seminary on Tuesday with an overtime goal from Maura Anistranski.
Thursday, Valley West used a Casey Dolan goal with 20 minutes remaining to get past Honesdale 3-2 in WVC field hockey.
The Spartans (9-4) clicked perfectly on a pair of perfect passes to get the ball to Dolan, a senior, who scored her eighth goal of the season.
"I just had to stay composed," Dolan said. "It was a great pass from Kady (Gurtis). I just had to finish it off."
Danielle Grega snuffed out an outlet pass by Honesdale (7-6) and brought the ball into the circle along the right wing. She passed back to Gurtis near the top of the circle, who quickly directed a pass across the goal mouth to an open Dolan.
"Both Kady and Julia (Usefara) have stepped up (their games) a lot," Dolan said of a pair of younger players who have been contributing for the Spartans. "They've become a big part of the team, helping in the midfield and defensively."
The teams combined to score on the first three shots of the game. Honesdale took the lead on a corner, with Sam Krempasky scoring for a second consecutive game. Valley West came right back 61 seconds later, as Grega picked up a misplayed ball in the circle and pumped it into the Hornets' goal.
Valley West took its first lead as Megan Kane made a big play, stopping a Honesdale break out and keeping play inside the circle. Kane worked the ball to the left and passed to Alex Gonda, who slipped the ball to Anistranski on the end line.
From the tough angle, Anistranski squeezed a shot between goalie Nicole Cush and the post for a 2-1 lead.
"I actually expected it to be that way," Honesdale coach Becca Maciejewski said. "We have a couple of seniors who started in the 2009 district semifinal as freshmen. We lost to them in two overtimes and two rounds of strokes. They had a little motivation."
Following the theme of the game, Honesdale knotted the score 2-2 in the 28th minute as Krempasky forced a turnover and connected with Mary Martin. The Hornets' leading scorer dished a nifty cross to Elyssa Stanton, who had an open net to shoot at.
"We wanted to go for a better spot in the playoffs," Maciejewski said. "This was an important game for them, too, though. I've got to give the Valley West defense credit. They are tough.
"They stayed grounded with their sticks. We had to switch our style to get around them."
Honesdale owned the last seven minutes of play, earning three of its 14 corners and keeping the ball in Spartans territory. Valley West keeper Jocelyn Polney made two big saves to preserve the win.
Wyoming Valley West 3, Honesdale 2
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First half: 1. HON, Sam Krempasky (Elyssa Stanton), 26:36; 2. WVW, Danielle Grega, 25:35; 3. WVW, Maura Anistranski (Alex Gonda), 14:02; 4. HON, Stanton (Mary Martin), 2:41. Second half: 5. WVW, Casey Dolan (Kady Gurtis), 20:54.
Shots: HON 8, WVW 9; Saves: HON 5 (Nicole Cush), WVW 2 (Jocelyn Polney); Corners: HON 14, WVW 7.