WEST PITTSTON — Be warned, Wyoming Valley Conference.
The avenging Warriors of Wyoming Area have a long and deep memory.
And they aren’t about to forget the field hockey foes who beat them last year.
First up on the hit list was Holy Redeemer, which watched its 25-game Wyoming Valley Conference winning streak come to an abrupt end Thursday when Lauren Parente had a hat trick amidst a flurry of goals that lifted Wyoming Area to a 6-0 victory at the Wyoming Area Field Hockey Complex.
“I just looked for an open shot in the cage and just tried to stick it in,” Parente said.
The Warriors scoring star didn’t mind sticking it to the Royals, who edged Wyoming Area 1-0 in a non-league game last season — an outcome that was still on Parente’s mind when the schools met up again Tuesday.
“Oh definitely,” Parente said. “We wanted to come back.”
This time, the Warriors played out in front.
Parente flicked home the game’s first goal just under nine minutes in, and Kayla Kiwak scored barely five minutes later to give the Warriors an early 2-0 lead.
“I think it’s really important to get off strong,” Parente said. “Then they start to get scared and back off a little bit.”
Here’s a really frightening fact.
Wyoming Area broke the game open by scoring three times in an eight-minute stretch that left a proud Redeemer team reeling, 5-0 at halftime, when a running clock under the mercy rule went into effect for the game’s final 30 minutes.
“We tell them to just keep going,” Wyoming Area second-year coach Erin McGinley said. “We work for 60 minutes. If they let up, that’s always an opportunity for another team to score.”
Speaking of scoring, opponents are finding it especially difficult to find the cage against the Warriors.
With Ellie Glatz between the posts, they haven’t surrendered a single goal while moving to 3-0 through the season’s first three games and have outscored the the competition 18-0.
“No one got through against us,” Parente said. “Our goalie’s amazing, our mids are amazing. I think we’re going to be really good this season.”
The past two years have been great for Redeemer.
Playing in Division 2 of a revamped WVC, the Royals went 12-0 to win division titles in each of the past two seasons. And they embraced a move up to the WVC’s tougher Division 1 this year, opening with a 1-0 victory over Hazleton Area last week to stretch their league win skein to 25 straight.
But the Royals couldn’t find a way to stop the wound-up offense of the Warriors and couldn’t find a way to crack the scoreboard, as Glatz made 14 saves. That made for Redeemer’s first WVC loss under Maura Weskevich, who took over the program two years ago under her maiden name of McCormick.
“We’re aggressive,” McGinley said. “We go after every ball. We know we can win every 50-50 ball.”
Leading by two goals, the Warriors won an early battle of wills with a three-goal outburst that removed all suspense before halftime. Cassidy Orzel scored off an assist from Parente with 9:29 remaining in the opening half, Toni Minichelli followed with another goal and Parente got the mercy rule going with her second goal of the opening half 1:45 from intermission.
Parente then nailed down her hat trick by scoring the only goal of the second half.
“Lauren has a beautiful approach for the goal,” McGinley said, pointing out Parente is capable of scoring in a number of ways, “whether it’s a drive, a chip, a flip. Lauren’s very capable of having big, multi-goal games. She had a very good night.”
If this keeps up, the rest of the league may have some problems holding down the Warriors, who didn’t pull punches while admitting they had payback on their minds for last year’s victory by Redeemer.
“We played very well that game. We just couldn’t put the ball in the cage,” McGinley said. “This team is trying to do the best they can in every situation. That don’t stop. They know they can keep going.
“They have a drive like a team I have never seen.”
Next Wednesday, the Warriors will take a drive to Crestwood to try get back at one of the teams they lost to in Division 1 play last season, then it’s a schedule full of unfinished business against Coughlin, Dallas, Lake-Lehman, Wyoming Valley West and Wyoming Seminary.
“I think they can match up with any team,” McGinley said of her Warriors. “Last year’s in the past, but we talk about consistency. We tell them, ‘If you’re lazy at practice, that’s going to show up in the game.’ They want to be challenged, they want to be pushed.
“That’s what we’re seeing.”
Valley West 12,
Pittston Area 0
Cameryn Forgash and Elisabeth Luff each scored four goals in the first half as the Spartans stormed the Patriots.
Forgash scored first at 1:29 in, then rattled off three more scores in a stretch that lasted just under seven minutes to send Valley West into halftime with an 8-0 lead.
In between, Luff buried four goals in a five-minute spree, three on assists from Forgash.
Alex Dubois and Rory Evans both had a goal and an assist in the second half to complete the scoring.
Hazleton Area 2
Sarah Richards and Chloe Greene each scored twice and dished out two assists apiece as the Comets handled the rival Cougars.
Richards scored the game’s first goal with 3:40 gone and hit for Crestwood’s final tally with 17:12 to play.
Greene’s two goals came within a five-minute span of the first half and gave the Comets a 4-0 lead.
Jill Buchman scored both goals for Hazleton Area in the second half.
Wyoming Seminary 5,
Aubrey Mytych scored four of the game’s five goals and Kelsey Reznick had two assists as the Blue Knights broke away for victory.
Mytych scored the first two goals and had a hat trick by halftime before adding the final goal in the second half with nine minutes to play.
Hannah Maxwell scored Sem’s third goal and Mia Magnotta stopped the only shot against her in goal for the Blue Knights.
Nicole Miszler made nine saves for the Hornets.
Lackawanna Trail 6,
Alyssa Fowler finished with a hat trick and Belle Coleman scored two goals as the Lions roared past the Bulldogs.
Fowler scored the game’s first goal and added two more tallies at the start of the second half to lift Lackawanna Trail into a 5-0 lead.
Lilly Rejrat stopped four shots to protect the shutout for Trail.
Jackie Nevel made 20 saves for Berwick.
Erica O’Hara scored the winning goal with 15:32 remaining in the game as the Tigers pulled out the first victory for first-year coach Jillian Weaver.
O’Hara put the goal in the cage off an insert pass from Loghan Hirkey.
GAR jumped to a 1-0 lead when Erin Leonard scored in the first half, but Tunkhannock tied it on Ashley Griffin’s unassisted goal 3:44 from intermission.
Two WVC games postponed
A pair of WVC Division 2 games involving Northwest at Meyers and Nanticoke Area at Hanover Area were postponed by wet grounds Thursday. Both home sites have grass fields. No makeup dates were immediately set.
Wyoming Area 6, Holy Redeemer 0
Holy Redeemer`0`0 — 0
Wyoming Area`5`1 — 6
First half — 1. WA, Lauren Parente, 21:16; 2. WA, Kayla Kiwak, 16:10; 3. WA, Cassidy Orzel (Parente), 9:30; 4. WA, Toni Minichello, 3:34; 5. WA, Parente, 1:45. Second half — 6. WA, Parente (Orzel), 11:38.
Shots — HR 15; WA 32. Saves — HR 26 (Meredyth Baird 25, Devin Boich 1); WA 15 (Ellie Glatz 14, Megan Beppler 1). Penalty corners — HR 5; WA 15.
Valley West 12, Pittston Area 0
Pittston Area`0`0 — 0
Valley West`8`4 — 12
First half — 1. WVW, Cameryn Forgash (Rina Tsioles), 28:31; 2. WVW, Elisabeth Luff (Avary Heckman), 26:43; 3. WVW, Luff (Forgash), 25:24; 4. WVW, Luff (Forgash), 24:54; 5. WVW, Luff (Forgash); 6. WVW, Forgash, 11:06; 7. WVW, Forgash (Emily Latoski), 7:15; 8. WVW, Forgash (Latoski), 4:30. Second half — 9. WVW, Chloe Kelley (Jenna Rovine), 29:40; 10. WVW, Avary Heckman, 22:02; 11. WVW, Alexis Dubois (Rory Evans); 12. WVW, Evans (Dubois).
Shots — PA 3; WVW 23. Saves — PA 11 (Avery Struckel); WVW 3 (Sydney Rusnock). Penalty corners — PA 2; WVW 8.
Crestwood 6, Hazleton Area 2
Hazleton Area`0`2 — 2
Crestwood`5`1 — 6
First half — 1. CRE, Sarah Richards, 26:20; 2. CRE, Chloe Greene (Richards), 18:27; 3. CRE, Alex Lipinski (Greene), 14:38; 4. CRE, Greene (Richards), 13:44; 5. CRE, Mackenzie Kile, 10:35. Second half — 6. HAZ, Jill Buchman, 29:00; 7. CRE, Richards (Greene), 17:12; 8. HAZ, Buchman (Gabrielle Cavenas), 14:51.
Shots — HAZ 7; CRE 23. Saves — HAZ 17 (Jenna Corra); CRE 5 (Olivia Novrocki). Penalty corners — HAZ 2; CRE 9.
Wyoming Sem 5, Honesdale 0
Honesdale`0`0 — 0
Wyoming Sem`4`1 — 5
First half — 1. SEM, Aubrey Mytych (Kelsey Reznick), 21:30; 2. SEM, Mytych (Reznick), 16:01; 3. SEM, Hannah Maxwell (Alex Wesneski), 15:12; 4. SEM, Mytych, 9:00. Second half — 5. SEM, Mytych (Bari Lefkowitz), 9:00.
Shots — HON 1; SEM 14. Saves — HON 9 (Nicole Miszler); SEM 1 (Mia Magnotta). Penalty corners — HON 4; SEM 15.
Lackawanna Trail 6, Berwick 0
Berwick`0`0 — 0
Lackawanna Trail`3`3 — 6
First half — 1. LT, Alyssa Fowler (Sam Baltrusaitis), 22:51; 2. LT, Morgan Faist, 13:28; 3. LT, Belle Coleman (Jordan Spencer), 4:28. Second half — 4. LT, Fowler (Rachael Beemer), 26:01; 5. LT, Fowler (Liz Litwin), 15:13; 6. LT, Coleman (Maggie Martin), 0:07.
Shots — BER 4; LT 26. Saves — BER 20 (Jackie Nevel); LT 4 (Lilly Rejrat). Penalty corners — BER 2; LT 11.
Tunkhannock 2, GAR 1
GAR`1`0 — 1
Tunkhannock`1`1 — 2
First half — 1. GAR, Erin Leonard, 11:58; 2. TUN, Ashley Griffin, 3:44. Second half — 3. TUN, Erica O’Hara (Loghan Hirkey), 15:32.
Shots — GAR 5; TUN 7. Saves — GAR 5 (Reilly Holden); TUN 4 (Jonica Snay). Penalty corners — GAR 6; TUN 9.
Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski