WILKES-BARRE — Both teams walked onto Eddie White Field with identical records and without their leading scorer.
The difference was that Holy Redeemer found a stand-in goal producer.
Gabby Tomasura scored two goals in the first half to lead the Royals to a 4-0 shutout of Wyoming Valley West in a WVC girls soccer match Wednesday in Parsons. The victory separated Holy Redeemer from the Spartans in the standings and protected the Royals' spot in the District Class 2A playoffs.
Holy Redeemer (9-3-1) assumed its lead in the 20th minute when Tomasura headed a ball home off of an Olivia Gregorio corner kick. She added her second in the 39th minute off an Emily Schramm cross that she booted middle-high.
The Royals retained possession for the majority of the contest, limiting the Spartans to a handful of scoring chances.
"I think we put together a really good game," Holy Redeemer coach Bob Hughes said. "We were solid for the whole 80 minutes. We contributed enough. We had most of the possession. We played consistently the whole game. There were no lows or highs."
Royals keeper Emily Becker made five saves for the shutout.
With Pittston Area a half-game ahead and Lake-Lehman a half-game behind in the 2A standings, Hughes said the Royals played their most complete game of the season.
"Our defense played really well," Hughes said. "Our offense made it really easy for our defense and keeper. That was one of our better games for offense and defense."
Holy Redeemer's Nina Paoli scored a goal in the 68th minute. Schramm finished with two assists.
Wyoming Valley West (8-4-1) sits in the driver's seat as the WVC's top Class 3A team. The Spartans played without three of their regular starters, and are still looking for someone to rise up to a scoring role.
"It's difficult, but we prepare everyone to step up and fill those roles when we have injuries," coach Mike Davitt said. "The team needs to step up and fill those roles."Spartans' defender Ashlynn Finnegan made a game-saving stop in the 36th minute. Goalkeeper Paige Heckman thwarted five shots.
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First half: 1. HR, Gabby Tomasura (Olivia Gregorio), 20th minute; 2. HR, Tomasura (Emily Schramm), 39th. Second half: 3. HR, own goal, 61st; 4. HR, Nina Paoloni (Schramm), 68th
Shots: WVW 11, HR 16; Saves: WVW 5 (Paige Heckman), HR 5 (Emily Becker); Corners: WVW 3, HR 6
Ashley Dunbar hit a milestone, scoring four times to reach 100 goals for her career at Dallas in a rout of the Preppers. Dunbar's four goals all came in the opening 22 minutes.
Talia Szatkowksi added three goals of her own for the Mountaineers while Ashley Strazdus scored twice.
First half: 1. DAL, Ashley Dunbar (Kendra Venesko), 2nd min; 2. DAL, Chloe Alles, 5th; 3. DAL, Dunbar (Danielle Spencer), 13th; 4. DAL, Dunbar, 22nd; 5. DAL, Dunbar, 22nd; 6. DAL, Ashley Strazdus 28th; 7. DAL, Talia Szatkowski, 30th; 8. DAL, Szatkowski 32nd; 9. DAL, Szatkowski 35th; 10. DAL, Strazdus, 37th. Second half: 11. DAL, Abrianna Tolomello 44th; 12. DAL, Cassidy Muldoon, 63rd
Shots: MMI 1, DAL 30; Saves: MMI 16 (Alex Van Hoekelen), DAL 1 (Sydney Emershaw, Abrianna Tolomello); Corners: MMI 0, DAL 4.
Josie Zapotosky scored two of Hazleton Area's three second-half goals in a road win.
Second half: 1. HAZ Josie Zapotosky 47th minute; 2. MEY Alexis Yanora (Aubree Patronick) 51st; 3. HAZ Alyssa Sitch 57th; 4. HAZ Zapotosky 71st
Shots: HAZ 23, MEY 9; Saves: HAZ 8 (Hayley Wilkinson), MEY 20 (Leah Merrick); Corners: HAZ 11, MEY 4.
Shoshanna Mahoney scored less than a minute into the game and finished with a hat trick in Lehman's home win.
First half: 1. LL Shoshanna Mahoney (Emily Sutton) 1st minute; 2. LL Mahoney (Kaylee Hillard) 38th. Second half: 1. LL Mahoney (Sutton) 59th
Shots: COU 5, LL 17 Saves: COU 11 (Jasmine Baretto) LL 3 (Amelia Jenkins) Corners: COU 5, LL 7
Karleigh Hartman had three goals in Berwick's road win.
First half: 1. BER, Karleigh Hartman (Brianna Floryshak), 34:29; 2. BER, Floryshak (Olivia Conklin), 21:58. Second half: 1. BER, Hartman (Olivia Seely), 24:42; 2. BER, Hartman (Floryshak), 23:12
Shots: BER 29, CRE 7; Saves: BER 3 (Allison Rinehimer); CRE 21 (Meg White 20, McKenna Mera 1); Corners: BER 6, CRE 2.
Cheyenne Brown scored the lone goal and Traci Kromko stopped nine shots for the shutout.
First half: 1. T, Cheyenne Brown, 23:46
Shots: NAN 9, TUNK 13; Saves: NAN 12 (Shelby Divers), TUNK 9 (Traci Kromko); Corners: NAN 1, TUNK 0
Wyoming Valley Conference girls soccer coaches are advised that the end-of-year meeting to vote for all-star and all-state selections will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Wyoming Valley West High School.