UNICO game called with two-minutes remaining

Craig Pezak of Valley View, left, fights for control of the ball control Brian Nebzydoski of Forest City during Saturday's 10th annual UNICO Soccer Cup at the University of Scranton's Fitzpatrick Field. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/JAKE DANNA STEVENS

BY ASHLEY TEATUM, Times-Shamrock Writer

With2:30 left to play in Saturday’s UNICO Soccer Cup boys game, there was a collision near the top of the box in front of the White Team’s goal.

While other players got up and dusted themselves off, Green Team defender Ryan Wilson ofElkLakestayed on the ground, keeping his right leg still as trainers and coaches came to the scene.

Within moments, Old Forge coach John Argonish shouted that an ambulance was needed and a parent in the stands called 911.

The game, suddenly secondary in importance, was called with the White Team winning, 3-2, over the Green Team on a bitter and windy evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

Wilsonwas taken by stretcher to an ambulance. His status was not immediately known after the game.

“He’s a great kid,” said Matt Cuomo,Wilson’sElkLaketeammate. “He’s awesome academically, a great athlete.

“It’s really disappointing it happened the last two minutes of the game. I hope he gets better. He’s just a great kid.”

Cuomo had opened the scoring for the Green Team with 21 minutes elapsed.ForestCity’s Brian Neb-zydoski passed to Mid Valley’s Kyle Laniewski, who tried to feed it to Cuomo. Instead, theElkLakemidfielder headed the ball into the net off a deflection by a White Team defender for a 1-0 lead.

“It was a really big thrill,” Cuomo said. “It was a different experience. You have that first competitive level with them in the beginning. Toward the end, it’s fun, and you start to work together well and get good chemistry.”

After getting into the box several times and being unable to finish, Holy Cross’ Aaron Matis dished a cross toMountain View’s Joe Jarrow, who ran the ball into the net to knot the game at 2.

Several local boys also competed on the Green team.Blue Ridge’s Tama Galu-Edgar and Levi Schmidt,ForestCity’s Logan Bitzsimmons, Brian Nebzydoski and Dylan Walsh andMountain View’s Nathan Moyer all played.