LOCK HAVEN – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference announced its preseason women’s basketball coaches poll today. Clarion was predicted ninth in the PSAC West in 2021-22.
The Golden Eagles had the opportunity to play in a condensed schedule for winter 2021. This saw both newcomers as well as veterans see significant court time during that 2-month period. Only 5 players are left from the previous full-season schedule. They will be joined by 9 newcomers or veterans who made their debuts this year.
Jada Smith, who was a starter in 2019-20 but opted out of the 2020-21 season, is one veteran that will help to buoy the lineup. Smith was the Golden Eagles’ leading rebounder with an average of 7.5 boards per game in her last season.
Other veterans from Clarion’s last true conference season include Haille Hart, Emily Hegedus, Olivia Boocks, and Neely whitehead(Hermitage, Kennedy Catholic High), the latter three of which play significant time in spring.
However, the majority of the roster features players who will or are making their college basketball debuts in 2021. Among those who kicked things off this past January is Abby Gatesman, who finished the shortened 2021 schedule as Clarion’s 3rd-leading scorer (10.9) and 2nd-leading rebounder (6.6), while playing a team-high 35.4 minutes per game. Heather Ansell and Allyson Kiraby are two other freshmen from spring. Six new Clarion debutants will complete the roster later in the fall.
The season opens with Clarion taking on Fairmont State, West Virigina on Nov. 13. The Golden Eagles host West Liberty to Tippin Gym for their home opener on Nov. 17.
• Women’s Soccer – The Titans finished the regular season undefeated in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference as the Titans won, 3-1, over Franciscan.
For much of the first half Westminster (15-1-1, 9-0 PAC) and Franciscan (7-8, 4-5 PAC) were in a stalemate until Franciscan’s Tania Davidson headed a goal from a corner kick in the 40th minute. This was the first goal scored by a PAC opponent against the Titans in the entire season. Westminster beat conference counterparts by 25-0. The Barons held a 1-0 advantage to intermission.
Natalie Vilchek found Jocelyn Gillette, a graduate student, one minute and forty seconds in the second half to score her second goal of the season. Julia Redilla, the Titans’ 14th goal of this season and 5th game-winning goal of this season, took the lead in the 61st second. Gillette assisted Allie Augustine in scoring her 6th goal of this year in the 67th minute.
Camille Holzschuh, Titan goalkeeper, recorded 2 saves to earn the win in a full-game effort. Franciscan was outshot by Westminster (33-6), while Franciscan was beaten in shots-on goal (15-3). Corner kicks were also a strength for the Titans (5-3).
The No. 1 seed was secured by the Titans. The Titans were the No. 1 seed in PAC Championship Tournament. They also earned hosting rights and a bye in the first round. Westminster will host No. 4 W&J No. Next week, 5 Waynesburg winner at UPMC Sports Complex. Semifinal dates and start times will be announced after Saturday’s 1st-round results.
• Men’s Soccer –Westminster lost 3-2 at home against Franciscan in a PAC showdown.
Nick Miller, Franciscan (7-2 PAC, 10-5, 7-2 PAC), scored the first goal. At 9:15, Nick Miller scored a second goal for the Barons, making them 2-0. Westminster (11-7 PAC, 7-2 PAC), found its footing after Kai Haseyama scored the 2nd goal of his season. In the 38th, Franciscan got another goal from Sebastian Koehler. The Barons held a 3-1 lead into intermission.
Marc Esqueda scored his fourth goal for the season in the second half to put pressure on Franciscan. The score was 3-2.
Jad Jadallah, Titan goalkeeper, made five saves during the entire game. The shots taken by Franciscan and Westminster were identical (16) and shot-on-goal (8).
The Titans won the No. The Titans secured the No. 3 seed in PAC Championship Tournament. They will host No. 6 seed Geneva (6-8-3, 4-4-1 PAC) Saturday at 1 p.m.
• Women’s Volleyball – Westminster swept Waynesburg on the road Thursday night in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) contest, their 19th shut out of the season.
Near the end (17-15), Westminster (25-4 PAC, 17-0 PAC), was able to win the set with eight of the next 9 points. The set was concluded by a kill by Samantha Kelly, a senior. The Titans got hot in the second, going on a 7-1 run and winning 25-8. Once again, the Titans found themselves in the driver’s seat (10-3), however Waynesburg (9-19, 3-15 PAC) fought back to make it tied at 20. The Titans had the advantage of having the experience they needed to win 25-22, securing the sweep.
Senior Becky Adelman led the Titans with 15 kills to lead the team, followed by Lauren Lampus (ten). Kelly performed admirably, with match-highs in service aces and assists of five and 26 respectively. She also tied for the match-best 15 digs.
Westminster, currently on a 13-match winning streak is back on the court on Saturday, October 30, when it hosts Chatham Senior Day in a PAC bout. Start time for the match is set for 4 p.m.
• Men’s Soccer – Grove City College closed the 2021 regular season Wednesday night by rolling to a 6-1 home win over Saint Vincent in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action at Don Lyle Field.
The win gave Grove City the top seed in the upcoming Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. Grove City vaulted atop the conference Wednesday night with its win, coupled with Franciscan’s 3-2 triumph at Westminster.
Senior goalkeeper Luke Greenway earned his 31st career victory, breaking a three-way tie for first place on Grove City’s career list. Greenway had been tied to Dick Manley (1963-66), and Ben Weaver (12-15), with 30 career victories. Greenway made one save during the first half.
Grove City (9-8, 7-2 PAC), took a 3-0 lead offensively in the first 16 minutes. Sam Belitz, a junior forward converted a penalty kick at 2:19. Belitz’s second goal of the evening doubled the lead at 6 minutes 04 PM. Assists were recorded by Hunter Hardin, sophomore forward, and Luke Kimmich, freshman defender.
Kimmich earned his second assist of the half at 16:11 when senior midfielder Bryce Deaven headed in Kimmich’s corner kick. It is Deaven’s first goal of the season.
Grove City extended its lead to 4 at 37:26, when John-Luc Harbour, a freshman midfielder, scored an unassisted goal.
Junior forward Mark Guinta opened half-time scoring an unassisted goal at the 66:24 mark. Saint Vincent scored an unassisted goal from Andres Mateos Carrrion at 67:06.
At 80:00, Belitz completed his second hat-trick of the season. Junior defender Aaron McFeaters and sophomore forward Lance Lenosky each assisted Belitz’s goal.
Saint Vincent was outshot by Grove City (2-14, 1-8) 31-4. This includes a 17-3 advantage in shots on goal. Saint Vincent had only two corners while Grove City had seven corner kicks. Junior Jesse Greyshock was able to save one in the second half.
Head coach Mike Dreves played 26 men in Wednesday’s win.
Belitz is now the conference’s leader with 15 goals, and 36 points. With 27 career goals, he is tied for eighth in program-history.
Grove City is the top seed and will host either No. 4 Chatham or No. 5 Bethany in next Wednesday’s semifinals at Don Lyle Field.
• Women’s Soccer – GCC closed the 2021 regular season Wednesday evening by earning a 3-1 home win over Saint Vincent in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action at Don Lyle Field. Grove City (7-7, 7-2 PAC), clinched the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament with Wednesday’s victory. The Wolverines are guaranteed a bye to the semifinals of the tournament with six teams.
Grove City took a 1-0 lead at 19:35 when junior forward Hailey Weinert scored her team’s leading seventh goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Megan Mathes assisted Weinert’s goal.
2:38 in the second half, the Wolverines extended their lead to double as sophomore defender Rachel Sullivan scored from the right wing. Senior forward Jacqui Netschert assisted Sullivan’s score.
Saint Vincent cut the lead to 2-1 at 50:29 on Lauren May’s goal. Grove City took back its two-goal lead at 50:29 on Lauren May’s goal. Weinert scored her second goal of evening 17 minutes later. Natalie Merrick, a freshman forward, assisted.
Grove City had a 13-8 advantage in shots, including a 9-3 advantage for shots on goal. Saint Vincent (5-11 and 2-7 PAC), had three corners, while Grove City had 4.
Courtney Lisman, a freshman goalkeeper, made two saves to earn her tenth win of the season.
Grove City will host a semifinal conference tournament at Don Lyle Field next Wednesday. The time of the match and opponent will be determined following Saturday’s quarterfinals.
• Women’s Volleyball –GCC won the home section of the regular season with a win over PAC foe Washington & Jefferson, 22-25, 25-13 and 25-19 on Thursday night at the Grove City College Arena.
Junior Faith Keating paced Grove City’s balanced offensive attack with 15 kills. Sophomore Anna DeGraaf had 13 kills on just 23 attacks, giving her a.435 hitting percent. Eloise Augustine, Sophomore, posted nine kills. Senior Carrie Dill scored seven.
Katie Kenlein, a freshman setter, had a career record of five aces. This also matched the Wolverines single-match season record of five aces. Augustine and Mya, the freshman libero, both added two more aces.
Kenlein had 24 aces, while Kennedy Kerr, a rookie setter, had 21 assists.
Keating led the team with 20 digs, while Lathem had 17 digs. Augustine was able to score a dozen digs, while Kerr and DeGraaf each contributed eight digs. Audrey Donnelly, a freshman from Canada, had three blocks. DeGraaf, Keating, and junior RobynCollier all had two blocks.
Grove City honored its three-player senior class prior to the match: Dill and Emily Rohrs (defensive specialist), and Amanda Schmidt (right side).
Kerr is the only Grove City player to have five consecutive aces this season. She did it Sept. 11 against La Roche, and Sept. 28 at Waynesburg. Kenlein leads Grove City now with 39 aces, Kerr has 38.
Grove City (18-10, 11-6 Pac) will conclude the regular season Saturday afternoon in Geneva. The match will be played in Beaver Falls at 12 p.m. Grove City will be crowned the No. 4 seed in next week’s conference tournament. Thiel (11-7-PAC) will be the tournament’s fourth seed. Grove City will face Thiel in next Tuesday night’s quarterfinals, either in Grove City or Greenville.
• Women’s Soccer –Thiel was defeated 2-0 by the Chatham Cougars during a PAC match at Alumni Stadium, Greenville.
Two seniors from Thiel were honored: Emily Harriman (pictured) and Kate Sollers (pictured).
Chatham scored quickly with a goal less that 7 minutes into the game, at the 6:41 mark. The Cougars added an insurance goal about 50 minutes later.
Harriman made a goal for Tomcats (4-11-1 overall; 1-8 PAC). Kaleigh Atkins and Sollers also scored a goal each. Samantha Hoffman, goaltender, recorded a career-high 12 saves.
Emily Harvey scored both goals in favor of the Cougars. Both goals were scored by Greta Mor and Maggie Toomey. Tyler Colburn, goalkeeper, was the one who pitched the shutout.
• Men’s Soccer –In a PAC match played at Alumni Stadium, the Tomcats were defeated by the Chatham Cougars by a 1-0 score.
Thiel seniors Tyler Hartz, Muataz Ishaq and Devin Weisbarth were all recognized.
Chatham scored the only goal in the match at 21:49 in the first half.
AlqassIshaq scored a goal for the Tomcats (1-14-3 overall and 1-8 PAC). Chase Yopp and Yuta Kike each had 2 shots. Weisbarth made 12 saves in goal and allowed only 1 goal. This was his 5th game with double-digit saves. Weisbarth now ranks 3rd in Thiel’s history for games played as a goalie (30). He also recorded his 300th career save today, and ended the season 3rd among Thiel’s career saves (304).
Marco Piccolo, assisted by Ryan Tahbaz, scored the goal for the Cougars. Trevor Rose was credited for the shutout.
ERIE — Penn State Behrend women’s swimming & diving team will travel to Chatham and battle the Cougars Friday at 6 p.m., then return home to host Alfred State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Behrend Lions are coming of a loss at Westminster last Saturday, 182-103. The Lions won five individual events: Marcella Puglia, and Barbie Cessar(SlipperyRock High) were the top finishers in Behrend, with 2 wins each.
Julia Sank was named AMCC Swimmer of the Day and Julia Sank was named Diver of the Year by the AMCC Swimmer. Sank finished in 2nd place on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards at Westminster to earn the honors.
Chatham’s Cougars enter the meet with a 2-0 overall record. Chatham defeated Hiram (149-81) as the season’s opener. They then defeated Penn State Altoona (124-78) in the second round.
For the second consecutive week, Amy Jarvis, a freshman, was named PAC rookie of the Week. Jarvis won the 100 (56.42) and 200 (22.22). ‘free (2:04.92) and swam freestyle on the winning 200 medley relay (2:00.69). Jarvis holds the top time in the 100 ‘free in the PAC and is fifth in the 200 ‘free,
Alfred State’The Pioneers are undefeated and include a 145-95 win over Buffalo State to start the season. Fredonia is coming off a 104-102 win.
Last week, Mikaela swam the AMCC Swimmer-of-the Week after she posted 6 individual wins in the 2 first meets of the season.