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Posted: August 18th, 2014

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Coach: Sam Tojaga (10th season)
2013 overall record: 11-8-0
2013 region record: 4-2-0 (champion)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Central Tech 5-1 in the District 10 Class AAA semifinals before losing to McDowell 1-0 in the championship match.
Top players lost: Teddy Martin, Bobby Dugan, Justin Hilbrich
Top returning players: Antonio Simora, Steven Brown, Nick Paglia, Ollie Wiesner
Assistant coaches: Jon Rees, Mark Shokalook, Kevin Murray
Outlook: Cathedral Prep came up just one goal short of the District 10 Class AAA championship in 2013, and the Ramblers will need their younger players to step up this season to get back to the title match. Prep lost all-region selections Teddy Martin, Bobby Dugan and Justin Hillbrich to graduation. Martin was named to the all-district team on offense and is playing for Gannon this fall. Martin was voted to the all-region first team and the Region 6 player of the year, while Dugan was voted to the first team on defense. Hilbrich was voted to the all-region second team. The Ramblers have experienced group back, including Antonio Simora, Steven Brown, Nick Paglia and Ollie Wiesner. Brown was a first-team selection on defense last fall, and Wiesner and Simora were voted to the second team at goalkeeper and offense, respectively. Coach Sam Tojaga mentioned that this year’s team will be one of the youngest he’s had during his 10 years with Prep, but the Ramblers have numerous top level club players on the roster. Prep gaining experience this year will be crucial as the Ramblers’ youth could pay off in the next few years.

Schedule
August
29 Strong Vincent 5:30
30 at Warren 11 a.m.
September
3 at General McLane 7:30
6 at Harbor Creek 3
9 East 6
11 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
13 Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 2:30
17 at McDowell* 7:30
20 at Girard 12:30
23 at Oil City* 7
25 Lake Catholic (Ohio) 7:30
October
1 Central Tech* 7:30
4 at Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) 1
7 McDowell* 7:30
11 Mercyhurst Prep 6
15 Oil City* 7:30
18 at Clarence (N.Y.) 11 a.m.
21 at Central Tech* 8
*Region 6 match

Note: Cathedral Prep does not have girls soccer.

Up next: Central Tech

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 14th, 2014

Cambridge Springs Blue Devils
Girls
Coach: Geoff Bristow (5th season, 37-31-5)
2013 overall record: 7-11-0
2013 region record: 0-8-0 (fifth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Brittany Barr, Cari Vogt
Top returning players: Sammi Watson, Gina Peters, Ashleigh Scott, Taylor Babb, Sarah Watson, Alaina Budzianowski
Assistant coaches: Jim Miller, Jason Przepiora
Outlook: Cambridge Springs was young in 2013 and went through some struggles in region play. The Blue Devils found success outside of their loaded region, going 7-3 in non-region matches. Cambridge went through some changes in the offseason as they dropped down to Class A from AA and moved into Region 3. The Blue Devils lost midfielder Cari Vogt to graduation but nearly everyone else is back. Junior midfielder Brittany Barr will miss the season with an injury, but Sammi Watson, Gina Peters, Ashleigh Scott, Taylor Babb, Sarah Watson and Alaina Budzianowski all return this season. Babb was voted to the all-region first team at striker and Scott is a second-team selection at midfield after having breakout sophomore seasons. Sammi and Sarah Watson along with Budzianowski are back to lead the defense and Peters is back at midfield. The Blue Devils return a total of nine starters and could receive contributions from freshmen Hannah Redderson and Jill Risjan as well as sophomore Emily Merritt. Cambridge has speed and experience and going up against some of the best Class AA programs in District 10 the past two years should help. The Blue Devils will have to adjust to a new class and region but they could be a tough team to beat this season.

Schedule
August
30 at Titusville 11 a.m.
September
4 at Iroquois* 4
8 Maplewood* 4:30
10 at Eisenhower* 4
16 Seneca* 4:30
18 at Conneaut 4:30
22 Fairview* 4:30
24 at North East* 4
27 at Meadville 2
30 Iroquois* 4:30
October
2 at Maplewood* 4
4 West Middlesex noon
6 Eisenhower* 4
8 at Seneca* 4
14 Sharon 4
16 at Fairview* 4
20 North East* 4
22 at Mercer 5
*Region 3 match

Note: Cambridge Springs does not have boys soccer

Up next: Cathedral Prep

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 10th, 2014

Bradford Owls
Boys
Coach (season, record): Wes Lohrman (10th season, 96-67-6)
2013 overall record: 14-5-1
2013 region record (place): 7-0-1 (champion)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Punxsutawney 2-0 in the District 9 Class AA championship. Bradford then lost to Bedford 2-0 in a PIAA subregional.
Top players lost: Cody Bly, Dustin Coles, Justin Wells, John Higbie, Roger Jordan, Sawyer Packard
Top returning players: John Obermeyer, Cody Hennard, Ben Jordan
Outlook: Bradford put together an impressive 2013 season, including a region championship and the District 9 Class AA title. The Owls ran into state powerhouse Bedford in a subregional to end the season, but with only five seniors gone, Bradford will look to make another run. The Owls have to replace Cody Bly, Dustin Coles, Justin Wells, John Higbie and Roger Jordan. Jordan, Coles and Wells were three of Bradford’s four captains and their leadership will need to be replaced right away. Bly led the Owls with 56 points, including 20 goals and 16 assists to be voted to the all-region first team, while Wells had nine goals and 15 assists for 33 points. Wells was voted to the all-region second team and Coles (first team) and Higbie (second team) are all-region defenders. The Owls have a strong group back, including John Obermeyer, Cody Hennard, Sawyer Packard and Ben Jordan. Obermeyer was voted to the all-region first team on offense, and Hennard was a second-team goalkeeper. Ben Jordan was voted to the all-region second team on offense after scored 49 points on 21 goals and seven assists. Obermeyer had 14 goals and 15 assists and Packard had eight goals with five assists. Obermeyer is a returning captain and will be counted on to help replace the lost leaders to graduation. The Owls have a loaded schedule in District 10 and they use the travel and tough matches to prepare for the D-9 playoffs. Bradford has plenty of talent back but they will need to replace five seniors in order to defend their district championship.

Schedule
August
30 Coudersport 2
September
3 at Conneaut* 4
5 Olean (N.Y.) tournament
6 Olean (N.Y.) tournament
9 Corry* 5
11 at Meadville* 4
13 at DuBois 11 a.m.
15 Saegertown* 5
17 Port Allegany 6
23 Titusville* 5:30
25 at Warren* 6
29 Conneaut* 5
October
1 at Corry* 6:30
4 Meadville* 2:15
7 at Saegertown* 4:30
9 DuBois 5:30
13 at Titusville* 4
15 Warren* 5:30
*Region 4 match

Girls
Coach (season, record): Dennis Morrisroe (3rd season, 16-20-1)
2013 overall record: 9-9-0
2013 region record (place): 3-5-0 (third)
2013 playoff results: Defeated St. Marys 1-0 in the District 9 Class AA semifinals before losing to Clearfield 7-2 in the championship.
Top players lost: Megan Tingley, Brooke Butler, Midge Piccioli, Ashlyn Kelly, Ally Marasco
Top returning players: Courtney Shade, Payton Llewellyn, Ashlyn Morrisroe, Bri Pattison, Abbie Spittler, Taylor Yohe, Arianna Brien, Sabrina Vaccaro
Assistant coaches: Leah Anderson, Dakota France
Outlook: Bradford rolled to the District 9 Class AA championship match before lost to a talented Clearfield team. The Owls have some holes to fill, but they return a veteran group of seniors. Bradford will have to replace Megan Tingley, Brooke Butler, Midge Piccioli, Ashlyn Kelly and Ally Marasco. Marasco was voted to the all-region first team on defense, and Tingley was a two-year captain and second-team striker. Butler was voted to the all-region second team on offense as a midfielder. Bradford is in a new region this season but it could be more manageable with powerhouses Mercyhurst Prep and Villa Maria gone. The Owls bring back Courtney Shade, Payton Llewellyn, Ashlyn Morrisroe, Bri Pattison, Abbie Spittler, Taylor Yohe, Arianna Brien and Sabrina Vaccaro. Spittler leads the defense as a second-team selection, and is joined by Yohe on the backline. Llewellyn is a three-year starter at goalkeeper, and Shade is a two-year captain as an offensive player. Morrisroe, Pattison and Vaccaro are back at midfield and Brien on offense. The Owls have experience and talent back this fall and they could be a tough team to beat in their region. Bradford’s leadership could result in a run at the D-9 championship as long as several younger players step up.

Schedule
August
29 Bradford tournament
30 Bradford tournament
September
4 at Conneaut 4
8 General McLane 5:30
10 at Girard TBA
12 Bucktail tournament
13 Bucktail tournament
16 Corry* 5
18 DuBois 6
22 at Titusville* TBA
24 Oil City* 5:30
30 Warren* 5:30
October
2 at Corry* 6:30
8 Titusville* 5:30
11 Fort LeBoeuf 11 a.m.
14 at Oil City* TBA
16 at Warren* TBA
20 at Harbor Creek TBA
*Region 4 match

Up next: Cambridge Springs

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Wilmington Greyhounds
2012 overall record: 14-4-0
2012 region record: 9-1-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Saegertown 2-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
September
3 at Karns City 4:30
7 Neshannock noon
9 Sharpsville 7:30
11 Commodore Perry 7:30
16 Franklin* 7:30
18 at Grove City* 7:30
21 Kennedy Catholic noon
24 at Hickory* 7:30
26 at Sharon* 4
30 Slippery Rock* 7:30
October
2 at Franklin* 4
8 Grove City* 7:30
10 Hickory* 7:30
12 Springdale 11 a.m.
14 Sharon* 4
21 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
23 Mercer 7:30
*Region 2 matches

Girls
2012 overall record: 8-9-1
2012 region record: 8-1-1 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Fairview 4-1 in the District 10 Class A semifinals.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
September
3 Hickory 7:30
5 Blackhawk 7:30
7 at Neshannock noon
12 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
14 at Grove City 1:30
17 at Sharon* 4
19 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
23 Sharpsville* 7
25 West Middlesex* 7:30
28 at Fairview 1
October
1 at Mercer* 7:30
3 Sharon* 7:30
7 Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
9 at Sharpsville* 4
12 Central Valley 1:30
15 at West Middlesex* 7:30
17 Mercer* 7:30
23 at Slippery Rock 4
*Region 1 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

West Middlesex Big Reds
Boys
Coach: Mike Mann (2nd season, 1-17-0)
2012 overall record: 1-17-0
2012 region record: 0-10-0 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Brandon Madison, Matt Wansack, Kiante Jarrett, Dylan DeSilvey, Chris Mazur
Top returning players: Chris Mastrianno, J.D. Elsey, Joe Canfora, Ethan Thompson, Alex Parrish, Michael Comninos
Assistant coach: Bryan Cummings
Outlook: West Middlesex is in the process of building a new soccer program. The first step was taken last fall as the Big Reds earned their first win and gained some confidence. The next step is to use that momentum to win a few more matches and continue to move in the right direction. West Middlesex will have to replace graduates and players not coming out in Brandon Madison, Matt Wansack, Kiante Jarrett, Dylan DeSilvey and Chris Mazur. The Big Reds have an experienced ground back in Chris Mastrianno, J.D. Elsey, Joe Canfora, Ethan Thompson, Alex Parrish and Michael Comninos. Elsey, Comninos, Eric David and Clayton Barton are back on defense and Comninos might see time in goal. Mastrianno and Canfora return at forward, while Thompson is a midfielder. The Big Reds could also receive immediate contributions from Mike Burns and Michael Perilli. The Big Reds have gained confidence in their first two years of existence and it’s time to start using it to win matches. West Middlesex is on the right path and is starting to become a team that won’t be easy to beat.

Schedule
August
31 at Keystone 10 a.m.
September
3 at Grove City 7:30
5 at Oil City 7:30
11 Sharon 7:30
14 at Fort LeBoeuf 11 a.m.
16 at Conneaut* 4:30
18 at Commodore Perry* 4
24 Mercer* 7:30
26 at Sharpsville* 4
30 Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
October
2 Conneaut* 7:30
8 Commodore Perry* 7:30
10 at Mercer* 7:30
12 Corry 3
14 Sharpsville* 7:30
16 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
21 Oil City 7:30
23 at Sharon 4
*Region 1 matches

Girls
Coach: Mike Williams (3rd season, 4-26-4)
2012 overall record: 4-12-2
2012 region record: 1-9-0 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Angie Sochor, Mackenzie Thompson, Sara Buchanan, Sarah Mild
Top returning players: Kayla Ballard, Molly Stonebraker, Kaitlyn Beck, Amelia Hemminger, Searra McElrath, Dayinera Everhart, Brianna Spencer, Delaney David, Samantha Spangler, Corrin Stonebraker
Assistant coaches: Tony Zigo, Amanda Bowers
Outlook: West Middlesex is starting to make big strides as a new program. The Big Reds won four matches last season and are staying competitive in matches. West Middlesex will have some holes to fill with the loss of Angie Sochor, Mackenzie Thompson, Sara Buchanan and Sarah Mild. All four will be tough to replace, especially at goalkeeper. The Big Reds have a big, experienced group returning in Kayla Ballard, Molly Stonebraker, Kaitlyn Beck, Amelia Hemminger, Searra McElrath, Dayinera Everhart, Brianna Spencer, Delaney David, Samantha Spangler and Corrin Stonebraker. Ballard is a two-time all-region selection, while Beck led the team in scoring with five goals. Everhart and Hemminger are back at fullback, while McElrath and Ballard are midfielders. David is back at striker and Beck and Molly Stonebraker back at wing. The Big Reds could also receive immediate contributions from incoming freshmen Gretchen Elsey, Kaeli Wilkes and Riley Lyons. West Middlesex is looking to play above .500 this season and make a run at a playoff spot. If the Big Reds can find a viable keeper and continue to build confidence and chemistry, they may be playing soccer that final week of October.

Schedule
August
31 Girard 6:30
September
5 at Oil City 6
9 Maplewood 7:30
12 Keystone 6
17 at Sharpsville* 4
19 Sharon* 7:30
23 Mercer* 7:30
25 at Wilmington* 7:30
October
1 Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
3 Sharpsville* 7:30
5 at Maplewood 10 a.m.
7 at Sharon* 4
9 at Mercer* 7:30
12 Corry 1
15 Wilmington* 7:30
17 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
21 Oil City 6
23 at Girard 5:30
*Region 1 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Warren Dragons
Boys
Coach: Thomas Harrington (4th season, 49-10)
2012 overall record: 14-5-0
2012 region record: 8-2-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to General McLane 3-2 in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
Top players lost: Liam Boger, Shane Burns, Matt Sandberg, Phil Hachula, Nathan Sandberg, Joseph Bell, Hunter Mohney
Top returning players: Quinn Boger, Tyler Mealy
Assistant coach: Paul Green
Outlook: Warren has developed into one of the top soccer programs in District 10 over the past few years under coach Thomas Harrington. The Dragons will have some work to do to maintain that high level of play this season. Warren lost Liam Boger, Shane Burns, Hunter Mohney, Matt Sandberg, Phil Hachula, Nathan Sandberg and Joseph Bell. Most players gone to graduation and Bell transferred. Boger and Matt Sandberg were voted to the all-region first team last fall. Boger was all-state and scored nine goals and had 18 assists, while Matt Sandberg led Warren with 30 goals and 11 assists. Mohney and Hachula were voted to the all-region second team last fall on offense and Burns was a second-team defender. With plenty of holes to fill, Warren will be young this season. The Dragons can turn to returning standouts Quinn Boger and Tyler Mealy. Quinn Boger had seven goals and 10 assists last year and is back on defense or midfield, while Mealy was a leader on defense. Jason and Andrew Stanton are also returning starters at midfield. The Dragons could also receive immediate contributions from new players Bryce Bauer, Clark Eason, Tristan Boger, Mitch Dorunda, Max Gross, Stephen Blair, Joey Close and Jason Tipton. Simon Smith is an incoming freshman that could step up and be a difference-maker right away for Warren. The Dragons seems to be competitive every season but they need to build chemistry in camp and come out with confidence this season to return to the postseason.

Schedule
September
5 North East 5
7 at Harbor Creek 11 a.m.
11 Mercyhurst Prep 5:30
14 at Cathedral Prep 1
16 Bradford* 5
18 Saegertown* 5:30
21 Jamestown (N.Y.) 3
24 Oil City* 5
26 at Titusville* 4
30 at Corry* 4
October
2 at Bradford* 6
8 at Saegertown* 4
10 at Oil City* 6:30
12 at General McLane 2
14 Titusville* 5
16 Corry* 5:30
22 at Fairview 4
24 at McDowell 6
*Region 4 matches

Girls
2012 overall record: 8-10-0
2012 region record: 4-4-0 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
August
31 Titusville 11 a.m.
September
3 at Strong Vincent 4
7 Harbor Creek 11 a.m.
11 at Central Tech 6:30
17 at Corry* 4
19 at McDowell 7:30
21 General McLane 11 a.m.
23 Mercyhurst Prep* 5
28 at Jamestown (N.Y.) 11 a.m.
October
1 at Bradford* 5:30
2 at Villa Maria* 6
7 Corry* 4
9 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
12 at Harbor Creek 7:30
17 Bradford* 5:30
19 Villa Maria* 10 a.m.
*Region 4 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Villa Maria Victors
Girls
Coach: Afrim Latifi (1st season)
2012 overall record: 11-10-0
2012 region record: 6-2-0 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Fort LeBoeuf 1-0 and Slippery Rock 9-2 before losing to Mercyhurst Prep 5-2 in the District 10 Class AA championship.
Top players lost: Courtney Edwards, Melissa Blenner, Alexis Monocello
Top returning players: Morgan Putnam, Kat Unger, Eileen Burger, Emily Grychowski, Courtney Deiner
Assistant coaches: Sabrina Chirco, Peter Wagner
Outlook: Villa Maria had a young team in 2012 and still made an impressive run to the District 10 Class AA championship match. Longtime head coach Walt Federowicz has retired giving way to Afrim Latifi, a local soccer standout. Latifi was a star player at Cathedral Prep and Gannon before playing with the Erie Admirals. Latifi is looking to keeping the strong tradition going at Villa and to win the D-10 title. His goals this year is to have Villa be known for working hard and playing soccer the way it should be played. The Victors will have to replace graduates Courtney Edwards, Melissa Blenner and Alexis Monocello. Edwards was voted to the all-region first team on offense, while Monocello was a first-team selection on defense. Blenner was voted to the all-region second team on offense leaving some big holes for the Victors to fill. Villa was young last year, meaning there is plenty of experience back for Latifi to lead. Morgan Putnam, Kat Unger, Eileen Burger, Emily Grychowski and Courtney Deiner are all back for the Victors. Putnam had a breakout sophomore season to be voted to the all-region first team, while Burger was voted to the first team on defense. Unger is a returning second-team goalkeeper and Deiner is a second-team selection on offense. Grychowski had a big freshman season and was voted to the second team on defense. Emily Schwabenbauer is also back at midfield as a junior. As if the Victors didn’t have enough talent back this year, their sophomore class is talented and could push the upperclassmen for playing time. Villa had three showdowns with rival Mercyhurst Prep last fall ending in the D-10 championship. The two rivals could repeat last year and meet a third time in the playoffs. The Victors have young, talented players and a new coach and how quickly they come together with a new system and build chemistry will determine how far Villa can go this season.

Schedule
August
30 Butler 5:30
September
3 at McDowell 7:30
7 at North Allegheny 1
10 Harbor Creek 7:30
17 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
18 at Central Tech 4
21 Gilmour Academy 3:30
23 at Bradford* 6:30
25 at Corry* 6
October
2 Warren* 6
7 at Mercyhurst Prep* 8
9 Bradford* 7:30
12 Strong Vincent 1
15 Corry* 4
19 at Warren* 10 a.m.
22 McDowell 5:30
*Region 4 matches

Note: Villa Maria does not have boys soccer.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Titusville Rockets
Boys
Coach: Mark Nesto (5th season)
2012 overall record: 6-10-2
2012 region record: 4-5-1 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top player lost: Aaron Marsh
Top returning players: Matt Rust, Marcus Tress, Ben Southwick, Octavio Acuter, Mike Gionti, David Finley
Assistant coach: K.C. Miller
Outlook: Titusville is running into a numbers problem but coach Mark Nesto is doing a good job keeping the program running. The Rockets will have 14 or 15 players this year and will need to stay healthy in order to compete. Titusville had a few graduation losses, including all-region first-team defender Aaron Marsh. The Rockets return Matt Rust, Marcus Tress, Ben Southwick, Octavio Acuter, Mike Gionti and David Finley. Rust and Tress are defensive leaders for the Rockets, while all returning players will have to step up with a smaller roster. Titusville will need a goalkeeper to fill in and some help on offense. The Rockets could receive contributions from younger players Lukas Anderson, Steven Hallabaugh and Chris Sanchez. Titusville may be low on numbers but if the Rockets can stay healthy and build chemistry, anything can happen this season.

Schedule
August
31 at Franklin 11 a.m.
September
5 at Seneca 4:30
10 Eisenhower 4
12 at North East 4
16 at Oil City* 6:30
18 Corry* 4
24 at Saegertown* 4
26 Warren* 4
28 Franklin 11 a.m.
30 Bradford* 4
October
2 Oil City* 4
8 at Corry* 4
10 Saegedrtown* 4
12 at Eisenhower 11 a.m.
14 at Warren* 5
16 at Bradford* 5:30
21 Seneca 4
*Region 4 matches

Girls
Coach: Joe Ketley (1st season)
2012 overall record: 9-9-0
2012 region record: 3-7-0 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Faith Champion, Grace Champion
Top returning players: Gage Holmes
Assistant coach: Kim Wheeling
Outlook: Titusville will be starting over this fall with a new head coach in Joe Ketley. The Rockets will have to replace the Champion sisters, who played big roles in the system over the past few years. Faith Champion was voted to the all-region first team on offense as a senior and Grace Champion was a second-team defender. Titusville will have some experience back in Gage Holmes, a second-team defender as a junior. The Rockets will have a new system under Ketley, focusing on possession and keeping pressure on opponents. Titusville has some work to do in developing chemistry and understanding a new style of play but the Rockets could be a dangerous team in the second half of the season. Titusville is young but could surprise a few opponents this year as they learn a new way to play soccer.

Schedule
August
31 at Warren 11 a.m.
September
3 at Cambridge Springs 4:30
7 at Conneaut 11 a.m.
9 Maplewood 4
17 at Slippery Rock* 4
19 Meadville* 4
23 Grove City* 4
25 Hickory* 4
28 Conneaut 11 a.m.
October
1 at Oil City* 7
3 Slippery Rock* 4
7 at Meadville* 7
9 at Grove City* 7:30
12 at Eisenhower TBA
15 at Hickory* 7:30
17 Oil City* 6:30
19 Corry 11 a.m.
21 Cambridge Springs 4
*Region 2 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Strong Vincent Colonels
Boys
Coach: Steve Mooney (3rd season, 6-29-1)
2012 overall record: 1-16-1
2012 region record: 0-9-1 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Halil Alicusic, Prem Khatiwoda, Diego Molina
Top returning players: Damon Magee, Zach Scott, Tarik Kantarevic
Assistant coach: Ed Palattella
Outlook: Strong Vincent continues to grow as a program and will be in its third year with head coach Steve Mooney and assistant coach Ed Palattella. The Colonels weren’t winning matches before the two took over and have six wins the past two years. Vincent looks to continue to take strides as a program this fall in a loaded region. The Colonels will have to replace Halil Alicusic, Prem Khatiwoda and Diego Molina, who are gone to graduation. Alicusic is a big loss after being voted to the all-region first team on offense. The Colonels return three starters in Damon Magee, Zach Scott and Tarik Kantarevic. Magee is a senior midfielder, while Scott is a senior defender. Kantarevic also returns at midfield as a junior. Vincent could also receive immediate contributions from its younger players, including midfielder/forward Henry Palatella. The Colonels also had several players transfer in and could be a dangerous team in Region 5. Vincent may still be a year or two from making a run at a playoff spot but this season will be important in gaining confidence for the program. The Colonels could surprise a few teams this season and continue to build for the future.

Schedule
September
5 Mercyhurst Prep 6
10 McDowell 5:30
12 at Central Tech 6:30
14 at Saegertown 11 a.m.
16 East* 4:30
18 at Harbor Creek* 6
24 Girard* 5:30
26 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
30 General McLane* 4
October
2 at East* 6
5 at Hickory 2
8 Harbor Creek* 7:30
10 at Girard* 5:30
14 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
16 at General McLane* 5:30
19 Meadville 10:30 a.m.
24 Cathedral Prep 4
*Region 5 matches

Girls
2012 overall record: 6-10-1
2012 region record: 2-2-0 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to McDowell 5-0 in the District 10 Class AAA championship.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
August
31 at Fort LeBoeuf 11 a.m.
September
3 Warren 4
5 Mercyhurst Prep 4
11 Bradford 3:30
14 General McLane 3
19 Corry 6:30
25 at Harbor Creek 6
26 Central Tech* 3:30
28 at North East 11 a.m.
October
1 at McDowell* 7:30
8 at Conneaut (Ohio) 5
12 at Villa Maria 1
15 at Central Tech* 6
16 Fort LeBoeuf 6
19 Girard 8:30 a.m.
21 McDowell* 3:30
24 at Iroquois 4
*Region 6 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Slippery Rock Rockets
Boys
Coach: Kyle Hopkins (3rd season, 22-14-1)
2012 overall record: 7-10-1
2012 region record: 6-4-0 (second)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Cole McCandless, Aaron Gercken, Evan Mysliewic, Zach Latorre
Top returning players: Jacob Prelec, Luc LaChance, Joshua Stutz, Mark Cessar, Ben Magliocca, Josh Jones, Matt Dempsey
Assistant coach: Brock Sloan
Outlook: Slippery Rock just missed out on the playoffs last season and will need to plug some holes early to make a run at the postseason this fall. The Rockets graduated Cole McCandless, Aaron Gercken, Evan Mysliewic and Zach Latorre. McCandless was voted to the all-region first team and was a big-time scoring threat. The Rockets have losses in the midfield and will need a new goalkeeper as well. Jacob Prelec, Luc LaChance, Joshua Stutz, Mark Cessar, Ben Magliocca, Josh Jones and Matt Dempsey are all back this fall to lead the way. LaChance is back to anchor the defense as a first-team selection, while Prelec is a second-team defender. Cessar had a breakout sophomore season and was voted to the all-region second team on offense. The Rockets will need a player or two to step up and help Cessar at forward this fall. Jones, a junior, is back to anchor the midfield but will need some new players to help out, while Marty Doyle and Dempsey are also back on defense. Slippery Rock has become a perennial contender for the playoffs but the Rockets have some work to do to generate offense. If Slippery Rock can find a few forwards and midfielders to step up this year, the Rockets will not only contend for a playoff spot, they will be in the mix for the region title as well.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
5 at Sharpsville 4
14 East noon
16 at Hickory* 7:30
18 Franklin* TBA
21 Mercer 11 a.m.
24 Sharon* 4
26 at Grove City* 7:30
30 at Wilmington* 7:30
October
2 Hickory* 4
8 at Franklin* 4
14 Grove City* 4
21 Wilmington* 7:30
23 at Commodore Perry 4
28 at Sharon* 4
*Region 2 matches

Girls
Coach: Melanie Roczko (1st season)
2012 overall record: 12-7-1
2012 region record: 7-2-1 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Harbor Creek 3-2 in overtime in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Villa Maria 9-2 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Raquel Huff, Harley Boyd, Haley Angerett, Aster Chmielewski
Top returning players: Charlene Doerr, Molly Joyce, Jennifer Dudek, Marissa Siebka, Abigail Magliocca
Assistant coach: Jen Muller
Outlook: Slippery Rock is starting over this fall with a new head coach in Melanie Roczko. The Rockets made their way to the District 10 Class AA semifinals last year before running into a red-hot Villa Maria team. Slippery Rock has some work to do to get back to the postseason this year. The Rockets graduated all-region selections Raquel Huff, Harley Boyd, Haley Angerett and Aster Chmielewski. Huff was voted to the all-region first team as a goalkeeper, while Boyd was a first-team selection on offense. Angerett and Chmielewski were each voted to the first team on defense and are big losses for the Rockets. Slippery Rock will be young this season but have solid returning players in Charlene Doerr, Molly Joyce, Jennifer Dudek, Marissa Siebka and Abigail Magliocca. Magliocca had a breakout sophomore season last fall to be voted to the all-region second team on offense. Doerr is back to lead the defense and Joyce is a vocal leader at midfield. Dudek is an offense player to watch and Siebka is one of the fastest players in the area. With the Rockets have strengths in several areas, they could be an interesting team to watch this year. It might take a few matches for Slippery Rock to get their feet under them but keep an eye on the Rockets as the year progresses. If they buy into a new coach and system, they could be right back in the D-10 playoffs this fall.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
3 at Karns City 7
5 Sharon 4
9 at Sharpsville 4
14 at Knoch 2
17 Titusville* 4
19 at Grove City* 7:30
23 Oil City* 4
25 Meadville* 4
October
1 at Hickory* 7:30
3 at Titusville* 4
7 Grove City* 4
9 at Oil City* 4
15 at Meadville* 7
17 Hickory* 4
21 Mercer 8
23 Wilmington 4
*Region 2 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Sharpsville Blue Devils
Boys
Coach: Nick Marriotti (1st season)
2012 overall record: 2-15-1
2012 region record: 2-7-1 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Nathan Lutz, Chris Frye, Chris Enos
Assistant coaches: Just Harmer, Jarrett Takash, Gary Bonnano
Outlook: Sharpsville is going through a change after the soccer program as gone through some struggles recently. Nick Marriotti takes over at head coach with a young and enthusiastic staff determined to turn the program around. The Blue Devils didn’t lose much to graduation and have an experienced team back to build on. Among the returning starters are standouts Nathan Lutz, Chris Frye and Chris Enos. All three will look to be leaders for Sharpsville this season. The Blue Devils also return starters Bill Shea, Sam Ference, Dan Kolesar, Nathan Findlay, Anthony Delfratte and Mike Vannoy. With most of its starting lineup back, Sharpsville could also fill in some gaps with new players Cameron Anzevino, Kyle Antus, Nick Enos and Connor Williams. The Blue Devils will have a new aggressive style of play and confidence will be the biggest key this season. If Sharpsville can truly believe it belongs with the best in Region 1, look out for the Blue Devils once they learn a new system with a new coach.

Schedule
September
3 Hickory 4
5 Slippery Rock 4
9 at Wilmington 7:30
12 at Grove City 7:30
16 Commodore Perry* 4
18 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
21 Sharon 11 a.m.
24 Conneaut* 4
26 West Middlesex* 4
30 at Mercer* 7:30
October
2 at Commodore Perry* 4
8 Kennedy Catholic* 4
10 at Conneaut* 4:30
14 at West Middlesex* 7:30
17 Seneca 4
22 Mercer* 4
24 at Franklin 4
26 at Sharon 1:30
*Region 1 matches

Girls
2012 overall record: 5-10-2
2012 region record: 3-5-2 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
September
4 at Grove City 7:30
6 Cambridge Springs 4
9 Slippery Rock 4
12 Hickory 4
14 at Cambridge Springs 1:30
17 West Middlesex* 4
19 at Mercer* 7:30
23 at Wilmington* 7
25 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
28 at Meadville 5
October
1 Sharon* 4
3 at West Middlesex* 7:30
7 Mercer* 4
9 Wilmington* 4
12 Meadville 11 a.m.
15 Kennedy Catholic* 4
19 at Sharon* 11 a.m.
23 at Seneca 4:30
*Region 1 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer

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