SCRANTON — Many standout players from the Lackawanna League had one last chance to represent their schools during the 16th annual UNICO Scranton Girls Soccer Cup Nov. 11 at Yhe University of Scranton’s Fitzpatrick Field.
Dunmore’s Gillian Coar especially stood out.
Coar scored three goals to help the Green team defeat the Pink team, 4-3, in the All-Star game.
“It felt great,” Coar said. “I got to play with a lot of my friends from different schools. It proved that you can work well with other people, instead of just your (school) team.”
Coar gave Green an early 1-0 advantage by scoring a goal in the fifth minute.
Lakeland’s Sam Calachino scored for the Pink team to tie the score, 1-1, in the first half.
“It’s nice that a couple girls from every team in the area can get together and have a fun time,” Calachino said of the game.
Calachino had two other quality scoring chances in the first half, but Green goalkeeper AJ Hendershot, of Scranton Prep, turned them away. Hendershot finished the game with 11 saves.
“It kind of gave me a little bit of an adrenaline rush to be playing with such good players and I upped my game,” Hendershot said. “I left my season with a loss, just like everybody else did, but this definitely helps end my senior season on a high note.”
Coar scored her second goal and Forest City’s MacKenzie Hartman added another tally to give Green a 3-1 advantage at halftime.
Abington Heights’ Emily Mahoney scored to pull the Pink team back within one early in the second half.
“It was great to score in my last game,” Mahoney said. “The communication was kind of tough at first just because I didn’t know everybody, but it was really fun because I did recognize a lot of faces. It was good to get back out there.”
Coar finished off her hat trick by scoring off a rebound to put the Green team ahead, 4-2,
Lakeland’s Brooke Longstreet scored on a direct kick for the Pink team in the final minutes, but Green held on for the win.
Holy Cross goalkeeper Allison McGee made four of her six saves in the second half for the Pink team.
“I just wanted them to have fun out there,” said Pink coach Errol Mannick, of Abington Heights. “For the majority of them, it’s probably their last soccer game.”
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