ALMEDIA — Lewisburg's only losses in a district championship season were shutouts.

When a team averages better than five goals per game, a zero on the scoreboard can be more frustrating than the loss.

The Green Dragons couldn't solve District 2 runner-up Wyoming Area on Tuesday, falling 3-0 in a PIAA Class A first-round tournament game at Central Columbia H.S.

"We played them evenly in field play. We didn't capitalize when we were in the circle, and they did," said Lewisburg coach Daneen Zaleski. "I told the girls it just wasn't our day. We couldn't poke one in."

The Green Dragons (18-3-1) hadn't lost since Sept. 26, a 3-0 setback to Line Mountain. Their other loss prior to Tuesday was to Heartland Athletic Conference-Division II rival Bloomsburg, 2-0. They avenged both of those regular-season losses in the District 4 playoffs on the way to the program's first crown since 2004.

Wyoming Area sophomore Toni Minichello had two goals and an assist Tuesday as the Warriors ended Lewisburg's seven-game win streak, 13-game unbeaten string, and season.

"Wyoming Area was a really strong team," said Gaby Markunas, one of seven Lewisburg seniors. "They were definitely one of the best teams we played all season. They came out ready to play."

The Warriors (13-1-1) scored just more than four minutes in when Kayla Kiwak carried into their attacking end and put a shot on the cage. Minichello collected the rebound and slipped a short pass to Lauren Parente for the goal.

Lewisburg had a chance to answer with its first corner a minute later, but inserter Kara Koch wasn't able to settle a hard ball from Rylee Dyroff near the left post. The Warriors flipped the field and earned consecutive corners, scoring on the second when Kari Melberger found Minichello at the right post.

"We controlled right away, did well really early, and then they scored," said Zaleski. "I think they could have been OK if we could have come back and put one in."

The Green Dragons had a sequence of three corners with fewer than 10 minutes to play in the first half. They forced Warriors senior Ellen Glatz to save rockets from Izabel Zaleski, while another Zaleski drive was wide of the cage.

Wyoming Area then deflated Lewisburg's comeback hopes with a Minichello goal 93 seconds into the second half. She stopped Melberger's reverse-stick try and flicked the ball across the cage from the right post.

"It was difficult to catch up when they scored early on in each half," said Markunas, who led the Green Dragons with 39 goals this season and finished with 71 in her career. She and Izabel Zaleski amassed 159 and 133 career points, respectively.

Lewisburg didn't record a second-half shot, but two corners tied the Warriors with six.

"I didn't feel like we weren't ourselves the first half," said Daneen Zaleski. "I just felt like we weren't capitalizing on the chances we were getting. That's the name of the game."

 

PIAA CLASS A FIELD HOCKEY

FIRST ROUND

At Central Columbia H.S.

WYOMING AREA 3, LEWISBURG 0

First half

WA-Lauren Parente (Toni Minichello), 25:57; WA-Minichello (Kari Melberger), 19:46.

Second half

WA-Minichello (Melberger), 28:37.

Shots: WA, 8-4. Corners: T, 6-6. Saves: Wyoming Area 4 (Ellen Glatz); Lewisburg 5 (Kerstin Koons).

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