FC, MV girls play in UNICO Cup

Forest City’s Taylor-Ray Tammero heads the bull during the first half of Saturday’s 10th annual UNICO Soccer Cup. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/JAKE DANNA STEVENS

BY ASHLEY TEATUM, Times-Shamrock Writer

Players who usually face each other on opposite ends of the soccer pitch played as teammates Saturday at theUniversityofScranton’s Fitzpatrick Field.

ForestCityplayers fedMountain Viewforwards on plays. Scranton Prep defenders made stops and made the outlet toAbingtonHeightsmidfielders.

The Pink Team won, 5-1, over the Green Team in the 10th annual UNICO Soccer Cup girls game, but the experience of playing in the all-star game meant much more.

On the girls’ side,ForestCity’s Taylor-Ray Tammero and Kara Zerby competed for the Green team, as didMountain View’s Katie Cure, Shannon Kavetski, Mercedes Kromko, Sarah Pulice and Melissa Walker.

The Pink defense led byDunmore’s Maggie Dempsey and Scranton Prep goalkeeper Paige Bolus continued to fend off the Green Team attacks.

But the Green Team would not relent, and it maintained possession for much of the latter part of the second half.

With1:15left in the game, though, the Green Team avoided the shutout.

Taking off on a fast break down the right side of the field,ForestCity’s Tammero booted a cross into the box andMountain View’s Pulice ran it into the net for the score.

“I thought it was a great experience coming together, us being such great rivals all year,” Tammero said. “We fought so hard. Everyone. Just to come together and say, ‘Well we can play as a team and not as opponents.’ ”

After the game, Tammero and Pulice hugged – Division II opponents during the regular season putting their rivalry aside.

“It was definitely a great experience to meet everyone,” Pulice said. “I remember playing them on the field, and to come together as one was a great opportunity for our last game as seniors this season.

“Some of us won’t be playing again, and to get that goal toward the end – we definitely came together as a team. It was just fun overall.”