Podpora, Varano record assists in BU soccer victory

Bloomsburg University sophomore Nicole Varano, a 2018 graduate of Mount Carmel Area, heads the ball toward the Mansfield net during PSAC Eastern Division soccer action at Steph Pettit Stadium in 2019. Varano scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season in Thursday’s NCAA playoff game against West Virginia State in West Chester.

WEST CHESTER — Nicole Varano scored less than 10 minutes into Thursday’s NCAA Division II women’s soccer first-round game to give Bloomsburg an early lead, but West Virginia State scored the final three goals to grab a 3-2 win in overtime.

The Yellow Jackets (17-2-2) advance to face West Chester, the region’s top seed Saturday.

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