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Posted: August 31st, 2013

Boys soccer
Harbor Creek Tournament
Fairview 1, Bradford 0
Harbor Creek 2, Central Tech 0
Hempfield tournament
Slippery Rock 1, Steel Valley 0
Central Catholic 8, Slippery Rock 0
Pine-Richland tournament
McDowell 10, Springdale 0
Non-region
Franklin 10, Titusville 0
Girard 3, Conneaut 0
Peters Township 4, Mercyhurst Prep 0
North Allegheny 2, Cathedral Prep 1

Girls soccer
Harbor Creek Tournament
Seneca 2, Slippery Rock 1
Fairview 1, Harbor Creek 0 (Fairview won 4-2 in PKs)
South Hills Classic
Upper St. Clair 1, Mercyhurst Prep 0
Bradford tournament
Bradford 2, Portville 0
Non-region
Grove City 2, General McLane 2
North Allegheny 2, McDowell 1
Girard 10, West Middlesex 0
Meadville 3, Cambridge Springs 2

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted in: Soccer, Soccer scores
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
Posted: August 29th, 2013

Sharon Tigers
Boys
2012 overall record: 7-8-3
2012 region record: 2-6-2 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

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

Schedule
September
4 Neshannock 4
9 Commodore Perry 4
11 at West Middlesex 7:30
16 Grove City* 4
18 Hickory* 4
21 at Sharpsville 11 a.m.
24 at Slippery Rock* 4
26 Wilmington* 4
30 at Franklin* 4
October
2 at Grove City* 7:30
8 at Hickory* 7:30
14 at Wilmington* 4
16 Franklin* 4
19 at Commodore Perry 11 a.m.
21 at Kennedy Catholic 4
23 West Middlesex 4
26 Sharpsville 1:30
28 Slippery Rock* 4
*Region 2 matches

Girls
Coach: Terry Shernisky (1st season)
2012 overall record: 4-12-1
2012 region record: 3-6-1 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Mikaela Skiljo, Hannah Rauch, Hannah Levitt
Top returning players: Kieran Zajac, Kate Calla, Kelsie McGranahan, Emma Levitt
Assistant coaches: Ryan Sypolt, Chris Levitt
Outlook: Sharon will enter its third season as a program as Terry Shernisky takes over as head coach. Shernisky is hoping to keep the program headed in the right direction as the Tigers look to finish above .500 and compete for the region title. Sharon will have some important losses to overcome, including Mikaela Skiljo, Hannah Rauch and Hannah Levitt. Skiljo and Levitt were voted to the all-region first team on offense, while Rauch was a second-team defender. Skiljo and Levitt are big losses at midfield and Levitt on defense but the Tigers have plenty of experience back. Kieran Zajac, Kate Calla, Kelsie McGranahanand Emma Levitt return this season. Zajac is a captain and midfielder, while Calla is a fellow captain and plays defense. McGranahan is back in goal and Emma Levitte started at midfield as a freshman last fall. Lily Trambley and Emily Shaffer are returning starters on defense, while Lydia Connelly is a returning starter at midfield. Sharon could also receive immediate contributions from new players Ashlyn Zajac, Julia Foltz, Jordan Williams and Kelly Sherretts. The Tigers are looking for a go-to goal scorer in camp after losing two of their three top scorers to graduation. Sharon will be under new direction and how quickly they adapt to a new coach and build chemistry as a team will determine how far the go this fall.

Schedule
September
5 at Slippery Rock 4
7 at Central Valley 3
10 at Oil City 7
12 at Cambridge Springs 4:30
14 Fort LeBoeuf 1
17 Wilmington* 4
19 at West Middlesex* 7:30
23 Kennedy Catholic* 4
25 at Mercer* 7:30
October
1 at Sharpsville* 4
3 at Wilmington* 7:30
5 at Girard 11 a.m.
7 West Middlesex* 4
9 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
15 Mercer* 4
19 Sharpsville* 11 a.m.
21 Grove City 4
29 Oil City 4
*Region 1 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 24th, 2013

Seneca Bobcats
Boys
Coach: Donald Pearce (4th season, 13-40-1)
2012 overall record: 6-12-0
2012 region record: 2-8-0 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Kyle Strickenberger, Josh Kent, Frederick Nielsen, Wyatt Troutman
Top returning players: Gus Johnson, Grant Winkelbauer, Nathan Forren, Alex Twaroski, Ryan Mountford, Josh Lackovic, Greg Lemke, Shawn McCleary, Kyle Pier
Outlook: Seneca continues to make strides under coach Donald Pearce. The Bobcats won six matches last season and if they can replace four seniors graduates, they’ll be chasing more wins and maybe even a playoff spot this fall. Seneca will be without Kyle Strickenberger, Josh Kent, Frederick Nielsen and Wyatt Troutman. Strickenberger was voted to the all-region first team on defense, while Troutman was another standout on defense. Nielsen leaves a hole on offense and Kent is a big loss at goalkeeper. The Bobcats have experienced group back in Gus Johnson, Grant Winkelbauer, Nathan Forren, Alex Twaroski, Ryan Mountford, Josh Lackovic, Greg Lemke, Shawn McCleary and Kyle Pier. Lackovic, Winkelbauer and Johnson return on offense, while Twaroski and Lemke are back on defense. Seneca has some holes to fill but the Bobcats should be a tough team to beat this fall.

Schedule
September
3 Oil City 4:30
5 Titusville 4:40
9 Central Tech 7:30
10 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
16 North East* 4:30
18 at Fairview* 4
24 at Mercyhurst Prep* 3:30
26 at Eisenhower* 4
28 at Corry 4
30 Iroquois* 4:30
October
2 at North East* 4
8 Fairview* 4
10 Mercyhurst Prep* 4:30
14 Eisenhower* 4:30
16 at Iroquois* 7
17 at Sharpsville 4
21 at Titusville 4
24 East 4:30
*Region 3 matches

Girls
Coach: Ashleigh Sontheimer (4th season, 22-21-10)
2012 overall record: 9-8-1
2012 region record: 7-4-1 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top player lost: Megan Fish
Top returning players: Amanda Sonney, Emily Nichols, Meghan McChesney, Carey Wieczorek, Jeanette Koeth, Megan Pound, Kym Braine, Lindsey Jarema
Assistant coach: Brad Galloway
Outlook: Seneca has high hopes this season. The Bobcats just missed out on the District 10 Class A playoffs and they have a loaded team back this fall. In fact, Seneca will have just one player to replace in all-region second-team selection Megan Fish. She scored 17 career goals and had nine career assists as a forward. Everyone else is back for the Bobcats, including Amanda Sonney, Emily Nichols, Meghan McChesney, Carey Wieczorek, Jeanette Koeth, Megan Pound, Kym Braine and Lindsey Jarema. Sonney and Koeth are back at forward, while Wieczorek, Nichols and Leasure return at midfield. McChesney is a returning stopper, Pound is a sweeper and Jarema is a defender. Braine is back as an all-region second-team goalkeeper, and Koeth was a first-team selection. Sonney was voted to the second team on offense, and Pound and McChesney were voted to the second team on defense. With plenty of chemistry back, Seneca looks like a contender for the postseason. The Bobcats have a veteran team and could receive contributions from younger players Emily Rossi, Savanna Reynaud and Shyler Abbey. Seneca will need a forward to step up for Fish and they need a little help on defense but keep an eye on the experienced Bobcats. Seneca will be able to measure itself regarding the elite of D-10 when it plays Fairview in region play. The Bobcats are primed to not only make the playoffs but make a deep run this fall.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
9 Eisenhower* 4:30
11 at Iroquois* 7
17 at North East* 6
19 at Fairview* TBA
23 Maplewood* 4
25 at Conneaut* 4:30
26 General McLane 4:30
28 Girard 11 a.m.
October
1 Fort LeBoeuf 4:30
3 at Eisenhower* TBA
7 Iroquois* 4:30
9 North East* 4:30
15 Fairview* 4:30
17 at Maplewood* 4:30
21 Conneaut* 4
23 Sharpsville 4:30
*Region 3 matches

Saturday: Sharon and Sharpsville

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer

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