Cross leads postseason honors. Pleska named Division III MVP

Several local girls’ soccer players netted postseason accolades while Mountain View Forward Natalie Cross earned another hat trick.

Cross led the way among local girls’ soccer players being selected All State by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association, earning first-team honors by Lackawanna Division II coaches and being named to the Scranton Time All-Regional team.

She had 16 goals and five assists and led Mountain View to the District II Class A title.

Joining Cross on the Lackawanna League Division II first team were teammate Abby Neri at Defender along with Montrose Forward Chalice Guyette and Midfielder Cici Adams.

Neri, Mountain View’s lone senior, solidified a defense that captured the Lady Eagles’ first District Title in five years.

Guyette scored eight goals during the regular season and helped Montrose reach the District title game. Her importance to the Lady Meteor attack was even more evident when an injury sustained in the semifinal prevented her from playing in the District Championship.

Sophomore Adams also had eight goals and often began the Montrose attack from her midfield position.

In Lackawanna League Division III Forest City’s Bella Pleska was named Most Valuable Player and was joined on the first team by teammates Isabella Richner and Claire Urbas along with Elk Lake’s Katie Cusatis and Tamara Voda.

Pleska had 13 goals and four assists while leading the Lady Foresters to the Division III title from her midfielder position.

Richner, a Junior Forward, also had 13 goals for Forest City while classmate Urbas anchored the defense.

Cusatis scored eight goals and had two assists in leading the Lady Warriors to second place in the division.

Voda accumulated over 300 saves during the season including a season high 39 against Dunmore to lead a young Lady Warrior defense.

Earning second team honors in Division II were Montrose Forward Tangi Smith and Midfielder Lizzy Lathrop along with Mountain View Midfielder Maressa Salansky and Defender Regan Cameron.

In Division III Forest City Forward Jessica Curley was joined by teammates Stephanie Graham (Midfield), Defender Madeline Shema, and Goalkeeper Maddie Bailer on the second team. Elk Lake was represented by Forward Kayleigh Mayer, Midfielder Davia Adams, and Defender Caitlyn Kerr.


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