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Posted: August 13th, 2013

Grove City Eagles
Boys
Coach: Ron Churchill (4th season, 32-18-3)
2012 overall record: 9-9-0
2012 region record: 3-7-0 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

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

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

Girls
Coach: Les Smith (1st season at Grove City, 6th season overall)
2012 overall record: 11-6-0
2012 region record: 7-3-0 (third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Mercyhurst Prep 6-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Moriah Williamson
Top returning players: Kalie Davis, Mariah Treiber, Aubri McCoy
Assistant coach: Bill Zimmerman
Outlook: Grove City will go in a new direction this season as Slippery Rock coach Les Smith comes over to coach the Eagles. Grove City will have a new system to buy into and will have to replace all-region first-team defender Moriah Williamson, who was voted the Region 2 player of the year. The Eagles have some experience back in Kalie Davis, Mariah Treiber and Aubri McCoy. All three were voted to the all-region first team on offense and provide coach Smith with offensive firepower. Grove City had a solid 2012 season but ran into a state contender in Mercyhurst Prep in the playoffs. The Eagles are in reload mode instead of rebuild and with a new coach bringing new energy into the program, Grove City could be a team to keep an eye on. The Eagles open the season with a tough road game at General McLane and eventually get into region play on Sept. 17 against perennial power Hickory. Grove City’s success this season could depend on how quickly the Eagles adapt to a new coach and if they can fill in their holes from graduation.

Schedule
August
31 at General McLane 11:30 a.m.
September
4 Sharpsville 7:30
9 Mercer 4
11 at Conneaut 4:30
14 Wilmington 1:30
17 Hickory* 7:30
19 Slippery Rock* 7:30
21 at Fort LeBoeuf 11 a.m.
23 at Titusville* 4
25 Oil City* 6:30
October
1 at Meadville* 7
3 at Hickory* 7:30
7 at Slippery Rock* 4
9 Titusville* 7:30
15 at Oil City* 7
17 Meadville* 7:30
21 at Sharon 4
*Region 2 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 12th, 2013

Girard YellowJackets
Boys
Coach: Jason Tomlinson (9th season, 50-52-18)
2012 overall record: 6-9-3
2012 region record: 5-4-1 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Ryan Barlow, Teddy Szyplik, Marcus Connors, Greg Overholts
Top returning players: Corey Twitchel, Trevor Dibble, Devin Mason, Bailey Moore, Nick Bucsok, Tyler Pasquarello, Ben Koerber, Cody O’Brien, Zack Wickham, Jared Orr
Assistant coaches: Scott Jones, Greg Stelter
Outlook: Girard continues to make strides under head coach Jason Tomlinson. The YellowJackets finished in third place in a tough region last fall and will need to fill some big holes to keep contending in Region 5. Girard will have to replace Ryan Barlow, Teddy Szyplik, Marcus Connors and Greg Overholts. Barlow, who was also a big part of the football team as a kicker, was voted to the all-region first team on offense, while Szyplik was voted to the second team on offense. Connors and Overholts were voted to the second team on offense and defense, respectively. The ‘Jackets have a young but experienced team back this fall. Corey Twitchel, Trevor Dibble, Devin Mason, Bailey Moore, Nick Bucsok, Tyler Pasquarello, Ben Koerber, Cody O’Brien, Zack Wickham and Jared Orr are all back. Twitchel (forward), Mason (center mid) and Moore (center mid) are returning seniors in the starting lineup, while O’Brien (defense), Wickham (defense) and Orr (goalkeeper) are back as starting juniors. Girard will need several goal scorers to step up this year at striker and one or two defenders as well. The ‘Jackets are playing with confidence recently and if their continue to grow as a program, Girard will start knocking off some of D-10′s best Class AA teams.

Schedule
August
31 Conneaut 11:30 a.m.
September
4 at McDowell 7:30
7 at Saegertown noon
10 Central Tech 4
16 at General McLane* 5:30
18 East* 5:30
21 at Corry 11 a.m.
24 at Strong Vincent* 5:30
26 Harbor Creek* 5:30
30 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
October
2 General McLane* 5:30
5 at Meadville 2
8 at East* 5:30
10 Strong Vincent* 5:30
14 at Harbor Creek* 6
16 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
18 at Cathedral Prep 4
22 Iroquois 7
*Region 5 matches

Girls
Coach: Michael Frick (13th season, 97-122-11)
2012 overall record: 2-15-1
2012 region record: 0-8-0 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: India Boderocco, Kelsey Gariepy, Britney Edwards, Kelsea Griffiths
Top returning players: Taylor Tharp, Courtney Lance, Paige Luciano, Megan Merrit, Cassidy Shaw, Lexi Skyplik, Carly Byham, Molly Boniger, Sydney Dunn
Assistant coaches: Matt Paschke, Chris Buckner, Mark Corey, Jason Morgan
Outlook: Girard is still looking for some consistency as a program. The YellowJackets didn’t fare well in region play last fall, but the region is loaded with Class AA powers. Girard has some holes to fill, including graduates India Boderocco, Kelsey Gariepy, Britney Edwards and Kelsea Griffiths. Boderocco was voted to the all-region second team the past two seasons, while Gariepy was a midfielder, Griffiths was a captain and Edwards was a solid goalkeeper. The ‘Jackets have most of their starting lineup back, including Taylor Tharp, Courtney Lance, Paige Luciano, Megan Merrit, Cassidy Shaw, Lexi Skyplik and Carly Byham. Luciano and Tharp are back at forward, Lance at midfield and Byham, Merrit, Shaw and Skyplik on defense. Molly Boniger is back and will look to crack the starting lineup, while Sydney Dunn is back after suffering a knee injury last season. The ‘Jackets started five freshmen last fall year and coach Michael Frick is hoping that experience gained will pay off this year. Girard will need to fill holes at every position, including keeper, during camp. Tharp was voted to the all-region team and could be a leader for the ‘Jackets this season. Girard will start the season with several winnable matches before jumping into region play with each region opponent being a tough team to beat. The ‘Jackets are still relatively young but they could surprise a few teams this season.

Schedule
August
31 at West Middlesex 6:30
September
3 at Iroquois 7
12 Central Tech 5:30
17 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
19 Cambridge Springs* 5:30
21 Maplewood 11 a.m.
25 General McLane* 5:30
28 at Seneca 11 a.m.
October
1 Harbor Creek* 5:30
3 Fort LeBoeuf* 5:30
5 Sharon 11 a.m.
7 at Cambridge Springs* 4
12 at Central Tech 7
15 at General McLane* 5:30
17 at Harbor Creek* 6
19 at Strong Vincent 8:30 a.m.
21 North East 5:30
23 West Middlesex 5:30
*Region 5 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 11th, 2013

General McLane Lancers
Boys
Coach: Josh Hopkins (4th season, 35-22-5)
2012 overall record: 12-8-2
2012 region record: 8-1-1 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Conneaut 7-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals and Warren 3-2 in the semifinals before losing to Harbor Creek 3-0 in the championship.
Top players lost: Kirk Dillen, Parker McDermott, Daniel Ahn, Zack Benedict
Top returning players: Ben Rys, Connor Scully, Dylan Johnson, Andy Zalik, Hunter Daniels
Assistant coach: Dan Young
Outlook: General McLane has turned into a perennial power as the Lancers seem to make the playoffs every year. The Lancers have some work to do in camp to make sure they have another successful season. McLane lost plenty of talent to graduation in Kirk Dillen, Parker McDermott, Daniel Ahn and Zack Benedict. Dillen was voted to the all-region first team at goalkeeper and has been one of the steadiest keepers in District 10 over the past few years. He was a team captain, had eight shutouts as a senior and head coach Josh Hopkins stressed that is not a player that can be replaced. McDermott was voted to the all-region first team on defense and was a captain, while Ahn and Benedict were second-team forwards. Ahn scored 13 goals and had one assist last fall, while Benedict had seven goals and eight assists. The Lancers have experience back but will need help from the lower levels. Ben Rys, Connor Scully and Dylan Johnson are seniors back on defense. Rys was voted to the all-region first team last fall, while Scully and Johnson started every game as juniors. Senior Andy Zalik is also back and McLane’s top returning goal scorer, and sophomore Hunter Daniels is back at midfield after starting each match as a freshman. McLane could also receive big contributions sophomore Jordan Rys, who appeared in 17 games last year as a midfielder and could step up with more playing time this fall. The Lancers also returning starters Matt McCallion and Jacob Hewitt at midfield. McLane has most of its starting lineup ready to go but developing a new keeper will be crucial. The Lancers also have a brutal non-region schedule, including matches against Prep, McDowell, Central, Warren, Grove City and Hickory. McLane’s program is strong enough to reload each season instead of rebuild. Picking a new keeper is big but continuing to grow and build team chemistry will be paramount for the Lancers as they chase another spot in the postseason.

Schedule
September
3 Cathedral Prep 7:30
5 Hickory 5:30
10 at Meadville 7
12 Corry 5:30
16 Girard* 5:30
18 Fort LeBoeuf* 5:30
21 Grove City 11:30 a.m.
24 at Harbor Creek* 6
26 East* 5:30
30 at Strong Vincent* 4
October
2 at Girard* 5:30
5 at Central Tech 5
8 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
10 Harbor Creek* 4
12 Warren 2
14 at East* 6
16 Strong Vincent* 5:30
19 McDowell 11:30 a.m.
*Region 5 matches

Girls
Coach: Maura White (8th season)
2012 overall record: 12-4-2
2012 region record: 4-2-2 (third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Hickory 2-1 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Lexie Perka, Shannon Regan, Claire Pilewski
Top returning players: Laura Schaefer, Katie Getson
Assistant coach: Claudio Olivieri
Outlook: General McLane had an impressive run last fall by finishing third in a loaded Class AA region. The Lancers then hung with powerhouse Hickory before losing by one goal in the District 10 playoffs. McLane is back with an experienced team to make another run. The Lancers will have to replace graduates Lexie Perka, Shannon Regan and Claire Pilewski. Region was voted to the all-region first team on offense and the Region 5 co-player of the year. Pilewski was voted to the all-region second team on offense and Perka to the second team on defense. Perka just had a big performance in the City-County game, scoring two goals in the 4-0 win for the County. Regan and Pilewski leave big holes at midfield that coach Maura White will be looking to fill by underclassmen. McLane has several starters back, including Laura Schaefer and Katie Getson. Schaefer was voted to the all-region first team on offense and Getson to the first team on defense. The Lancers are in a tough region that is in transition. Harbor Creek has a new coach, while Fort LeBoeuf and Girard have grown as programs. McLane has a tough schedule and some holes to fill. If the Lancers can find new starters in camp and continue to build as a program, look for McLane to be in contention for a playoff spot this fall.

Schedule
August
31 Grove City 11:30 a.m.
September
3 Corry 5:30
10 Meadville 5:30
14 at Strong Vincent 3
17 at Harbor Creek* 6
21 at Warren 11 a.m.
23 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
25 at Girard* 5:30
26 at Seneca 4:30
October
1 at Cambridge Springs* 4
3 Harbor Creek* 5:30
8 Central Tech 6
9 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
12 at McDowell 11:30 a.m.
15 Girard* 5:30
17 Cambridge Springs* 4
19 at Meadville 2
23 at Fairview 7:30
*Region 5 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 9th, 2013

Franklin Knights
Boys
Coach: Ryan Rudegeair (3rd season, 19-14-2)
2012 overall record: 12-5-1
2012 region record: 5-4-1 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Logan Mooney, Josh Seyler, Noah Jones
Top returning players: Ted Richards, Ty Mooney, Dexter Smith, Issac Cooke
Assistant coach: CP Mooney
Outlook: Franklin was much better in coach Ryan Rudegeair’s second season. The Knights won 12 matches and just missed out on the District 10 playoffs. Franklin lost some talented players to graduation, including Logan Mooney, Josh Seyler and Noah Jones. Mooney was voted to the all-region first team on offense after leading the team with 16 goals and 15 assists. Seyler was voted to the all-region first team on defense and Jones is a big loss at goalkeeper. Top returning players Ted Richards, Ty Mooney, Dexter Smith and Issac Cooke are back to lead a young team. Richards was voted to the all-region first team on offense after collecting 15 goals and seven assists as a junior, while Mooney is a second-team offensive player and Smith was voted to the second team on defense. Mooney finished with 11 goals last fall, while Cooke had two goals and two assists as a midfielder. Mooney and Richards are set to start at forward, and sophomores Colt Byers and Lucas Crivelli are projected to start at midfield with junior Isaac Drain and Cooke, a senior. Sophomore Geoff Spaid could take over at goalkeeper, and Chris Morgan and Tristen Myers could start on defense with Smith. Franklin has several solid players waiting to fill in its holes in the starting lineup. The Knights are primed to keep improving and could be a dangerous team in Region 2 and in the District 10 playoffs.

Schedule
August
31 Titusville 11 a.m.
September
7 at Meadville 5
10 Oil City 4
12 Kennedy Catholic 4
16 at Wilmington* 7:30
18 at Slippery Rock* TBA
24 Grove City* 4
26 at Hickory* 7:30
28 at Titusville 11 a.m.
30 Sharon* 4
October
2 Wilmington* 4
8 Slippery Rock* 4
10 at Grove City* 7:30
12 Meadville 11 a.m.
14 Hickory* 4
16 at Sharon* 4
19 at Oil City 11 a.m.
24 Sharpsville 4
*Region 2 matches

Note: Franklin does not have a girls soccer team.

Friday: General McLane

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 8th, 2013

Fort LeBoeuf Bison
Boys
Coach: Jason Falk (7th season, 31-72-6)
2012 overall record: 1-15-2
2012 region record: 1-7-2 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Pat Szastak, Alex Graml
Top returning players: Steve Port, Donovan Owens
Outlook: Fort LeBoeuf went through some struggles last fall but the Bison are looking to turn things around this season. The Bison will have to replace all-region second-team defender Pat Szastak along with Alex Graml. Szastak scored four goals and had two assists, while Graml scored three goals last season. The Bison will have a strong group of players back, including standouts Steve Port and Donovan Owens. Port scored four goals and dished out two assists to be voted to the all-region second team on offense, while Owens had two goals. LeBoeuf also has five other starters back, including Brad Turnbull, Bohdy McCall, Larry Campbell, Mark McWilliams and Cody Litz. McCall had two goals and one assist last year. LeBoeuf could also receive big contributions from new players Liam McGowan, Edward DiMattio and Untoma Irish-Brown. The Bison have plenty of experience back and are primed to improve on their one-win season in 2012. LeBoeuf had minimal graduation losses and could be a surprise team this fall.

Schedule
September
3 Saegertown 4
4 at Meadville 7
7 Corry 11 a.m.
10 Seneca 4
12 at Cathedral Prep 7:30
14 West Middlesex 11 a.m.
16 Harbor Creek* 4
18 at General McLane* 4
21 Central Tech 4
24 East* 4
26 Strong Vincent* 4
30 at Girard* 4
October
2 at Harbor Creek* 6
5 at McDowell 2:30
8 General McLane* 4
10 at East* 6:30
14 at Strong Vincent* 4
16 Girard* 4
*Region 5 matches

Girls
Coach: Karl Falk (9th season)
2012 overall record: 15-2-2
2012 region record: 6-0-2 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Villa Maria 1-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Kamryn Troyer, Cassie Yovich, Sami Pace, Cecelia Miller, Monica Main, Jessie Rose, Lindsey Orzechowski
Top returning players: Jordan Oberlander, Cora Burek, Kacey Bengel, Lydia Hoge, Elana McGraw, Kayla Twargoski
Assistant coach: Lisa Jeblonski
Outlook: Fort LeBoeuf made big strides in 2012 to win a region title. The Bison ran into a red-hot Villa Maria team in the playoffs and LeBoeuf is looking to get back to the postseason this fall. First thing will be replacing the graduation losses. Kamryn Troyer, Cassie Yovich, Sami Pace, Cecelia Miller, Monica Main, Jessie Rose and Lindsey Orzechowski leave some big holes to fill. Pace was voted to the all-region first team on offense, while Troyer was a first-team defender. Main is a big loss as a second-team goalkeeper and Yovich was a second-team defender. LeBoeuf has some work to do in camp but the Bison have several experienced players to turn to. Jordan Oberlander, Cora Burek, Kacey Bengel, Lydia Hoge and Elana McGraw are all back this fall. Oberlander was one of the top offensive threats in the region and was voted to the first team. She was also voted the co-region player of the year. Bengel is another returning all-region selection as a second-team offensive player. Oberlander is a returning starter at forward and Burek and Bengel at midfield. Kayla Twargoski is a returning sophomore starter on defense as well as Hoge, a senior. The Bison could also receive immediate contributions from the lower levels. Abby Papale, Cassidy Delaney, Erin Papale, Hannah Kennelly, Maggie Flanagan, Gretta Wertz, Leanne Lazenby and Dahlaney Sargent will all compete for playing time this season. LeBoeuf’s program is on the rise and winning a region title last fall was important. The Bison have plenty of younger talent and will need it to come through. LeBoeuf looks like a contender on paper and will need to keep growing as a team to get back to the playoffs.

Schedule
August
30 Central Tech 4
31 Strong Vincent 11 a.m.
September
5 Mercer 4
12 at Wilmington 7:30
14 at Sharon 1
17 Girard* 4
19 Harbor Creek* 4
21 Grove City 11 a.m.
23 at General McLane* 4
25 Cambridge Springs* 4
October
1 at Seneca 4:30
3 at Girard* 5:30
5 at Riverside (Ohio) 11 a.m.
7 at Harbor Creek* 6
9 General McLane* 4
15 at Cambridge Springs* 4
16 at Strong Vincent 6
17 Fairview 4
*Region 5 matches

Thursday: Franklin

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 7th, 2013

Fairview Tigers
Boys
Coach: Marc Fiorelli (1st season)
2012 overall record: 14-4-2
2012 region record: 7-2-1
2012 playoff results: Defeated Kennedy Catholic 5-0 in a District 10 Class A play-in match before losing to Mercyhurst Prep 1-0 in overtime in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Nick Pfeffer, Greg Berdis, Jakub Blank, Ben Gebhart, Carl Fonticella, Ben Irwin, Ian Bierley
Top returning players: Mac Tompkins, Corban Murphey, Austin Fiedler, Tristum Tuttle, Anthony Martone, Ian Miller, Jake Hart, Michael Borowski
Assistant coaches: Ryan Bookhamer, Aaron Jones, Jake Dodd
Outlook: Fairview has a new head coach this season in Marc Fiorelli, who has coached at Iroquois and McDowell. He was Fairview’s junior varsity coach last fall and takes over for Jamin Bookhamer, who moved out of the area because of his job. The Tigers have a solid team for Fiorelli to coach this season. Fairview has some holes to fill after the graduation of Nick Pfeffer, Greg Berdis, Jakub Blank, Ben Gebhart, Carl Fonticella, Ben Irwin and Ian Bierley. Pfeffer, Irwin and Berdies were voted to the all-region second team on offense, while Blank was voted to the second team on defense. The Tigers have plenty of production to replace, but they return Mac Tompkins, Corban Murphey, Austin Fiedler, Tristum Tuttle, Anthony Martone, Ian Miller, Jake Hart and Michael Borowski. Tompkins was voted to the all-region first team on defense and Martone was voted to the second team on offense. Tompkins and Martone are back at midfield along with returning starter Tuttle. Murphey is a returning starter at goalkeeper, while Fiedler is a returning starter at forward. Fairview will also need plenty of contributions from new players to the varsity level. Mike Cross, Chris Heitz and a strong sophomore class could be important for the Tigers this season. Fairview has an interesting mix of experience and inexperience this fall. The Tigers have a new, but familiar, coach in place this year and several standout players to lean on. Fairview is in a tough Class A region that continues to produce District 10 champions. The Tigers will need some new players to step up and support the returning starters in order to compete for not only a region title but the district title as well.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
5 East 7
16 at Eisenhower* 4
18 Seneca* 4
24 at North East* 4
26 Iroquois* 4
30 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
October
2 Eisenhower* 4
8 at Seneca* 4
10 North East* 4
14 at Iroquois* 4
16 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
22 Warren 4
28 at McDowell 7:30
*Region 3 matches

Girls
Coach: Lyndsay Violi (5th season, 44-25-4)
2012 overall record: 17-4-0
2012 region record: 12-0-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Wilmington 4-0 and Mercer 2-0 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Fairview then lost to Shady Side Academy 3-0 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Lizzie Hauk, Jessica Mihalic, Elle Bennett, Jenna Tobin, Allison Boncella
Top returning players: Aubree Martin, Katie Sundberg, Anna Reynolds, Jaclyn O’Keane, Jordyn Sanner
Assistant coaches: Amanda Garrity, Diana Klochak, Jake Dodd
Outlook: Fairview dominated in Class A last fall to win a region title and a District 10 championship. The Tigers will need to replace several talented players, including Lizzie Hauk, Jessica Mihalic, Elle Bennett, Jenna Tobin and Allison Boncella. Bennett and Mihalic were voted to the all-region first team and Hauk and Tobin to the first team on defense. Hauk was also voted the Region 3 player of the year. Boncella was voted to the all-region second team on defense. Fairview has an experienced group back, including Aubree Martin, Katie Sundberg, Anna Reynolds, Jaclyn O’Keane and Jordyn Sanner. Martin is back at goalkeeper after being voted to the all-region first team as a junior and Reynolds was voted to the first team on offense. O’Keane is back at midfield after being voted to the second team on defense and Sanner was a second teamer on defense. Sanner missed the playoffs last season with an ACL injury and is back this fall. Megan McWilliams is a returning starter on defense and Maya Fanazini is another returning starter at midfield. The Tigers have a tough region schedule and will certainly be tested in the non-region portion of the schedule in the Harbor Creek tournament as well as showdowns with McDowell, General McLane, Fort LeBoeuf and Wilmington. Much like the boys team, the Fairview girls have a strong mix of experienced players along with new inexperienced players back this fall. If the returning starters can get some help from the lower levels, look for the Tigers to repeat as District 10 champions.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
5 at North East* 4
9 Conneaut* 4
11 at Eisenhower* TBA
17 at Maplewood* 4:30
19 Seneca* TBA
23 McDowell 7:30
25 Iroquois* TBA
28 Wilmington 1
October
1 North East* TBA
3 at Conneaut* 4:30
7 Eisenhower* TBA
9 Maplewood* TBA
15 at Seneca* 4:30
17 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
21 at Iroquois* 7
23 General McLane 7:30
*Region 3 matches

Wednesday: Fort LeBoeuf

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 6th, 2013

Eisenhower Knights
Boys
Coach: Matt Decker (1st season)
2012 overall record: 9-6-1
2012 region record: 4-6-0 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jake VanHouten, Andy Decker, Ben Perkins, Matt Eernisse
Top returning players: Erik Daugharthy, Ricky Zortman, Cody McMillen
Assistant coach: Scott Madigan
Outlook: Eisenhower will have a new but familiar coach as Matt Decker takes over for his dad. Decker was a senior on the 2005 District 10 championship team and played at Mt. Union in Ohio. He will bring a similar system to his dad as the Knights make the transition to a new coach. Eisenhower will have to replace several standout players, including Jake VanHouten, Andy Decker, Ben Perkins and Matt Eernisse. VanHouten was voted to the all-region first team on offense after scoring 24 goals and dishing out nine assists. Decker was a first-team midfielder with 14 goals and 11 assists, while Perkins was a first-team defender and had eight goals with six assists. The Knights have a strong group back with Erik Daugharthy, Ricky Zortman and Cody McMillen. Daugharthy and Zortman are senior midfielders and McMillen is a senior defender. Eisenhower, however, will need plenty of help from the lower levels. Sophomores Josh Eernisse, Grant Venman, Noah VanHouten, Christian Hefright, Casey Vincent, Graham Johnson and Logan Eadie saw playing time last fall and could step up and help this year. Eisenhower could also benefit from a new co-op with Youngsville as Alex Johnson, Chris Johnson and Levi Hendrickson could be potential starters. The Knights have some work to do as 80% of their scoring from last year is gone to graduation. Eisenhower will be young in a tough region. The Knights will need to rebuild quickly to contend for a playoff race.

Schedule
September
5 at Corry 4
10 at Titusville 4
14 Oil City 11 a.m.
16 Fairview* 4
18 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
24 at Iroquois* 7
26 Seneca* 4
30 at North East* 4
October
2 at Fairview* 4
8 at Mercyhurst Prep* 3:30
10 Iroquois* 4
12 Titusville 11 a.m.
14 at Seneca* 4:30
16 North East* 4
*Region 3 matches

Girls
Coach: Kevin Weigel (6th season, 30-64-4)
2012 overall record: 6-8-2
2012 region record: 3-7-2 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

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

Schedule
September
5 Conneaut* 4
9 at Seneca* 4:30
11 Fairview* TBA
19 North East* TBA
23 Iroquois* 4
25 at Maplewood* 4:30
October
1 at Conneaut* 4:30
3 Seneca* TBA
7 at Fairview* TBA
12 Titusville TBA
15 at North East* 6
17 at Iroquois* 7
21 Maplewood* 4
23 at Cambridge Springs 4
*Region 3 matches

Tuesday: Fairview

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 5th, 2013

East Warriors
Boys
Coach: Mike King (1st season)
2012 overall record: 5-10-3
2012 region record:4-6-0 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

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

Schedule
September
5 at Fairview 7
6 Cathedral Prep 3:30
12 at Meadville 4
14 at Slippery Rock noon
16 at Strong Vincent* 4:30
18 at Girard* 5:30
21 McDowell 4:30
24 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
26 at General McLane* 4
October
1 Harbor Creek* 6
2 Strong Vincent* 6
7 at Iroquois 7
8 Girard* 5:30
10 Fort LeBoeuf* 6:30
14 General McLane* 6
16 at Harbor Creek* 6
18 at Central Tech 3:30
24 at Seneca 4:30
*Region 5 matches

Note: The East girls season has been canceled.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 5th, 2013

Corry Beavers
Boys
Coach: Mike Schrecengost (2nd season, 5-11-2)
2012 overall record: 5-11-2
2012 region record: 1-8-1 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Ryan Walsh, Andrew Carpenter, Jamie Tomcho
Top returning players: Joshua Schrecengost, Bailey Patten, Garrett Dennis, Brody Wood, Justin Short, Brendan Walsh, Austin McClelland, Donald Buell, Austin Reynolds
Assistant coach: Adam Lamber
Outlook: Corry is trying to rebuild in a region full of talented Class AA teams, including Bradford, Warren and Saegertown. The Beavers lost only three seniors to graduation and have plenty of experience to count on. Corry will have some big holes to fill with the departure of Ryan Walsh, Andrew Carpenter and Jamie Tomcho. Walsh was voted to the all-region first team at goalkeeper and the Region 4 player of the year. The Beavers return nine lettermen, including Joshua Schrecengost, Bailey Patten, Garrett Dennis, Brody Wood, Justin Short, Brendan Walsh, Austin McClelland, Donald Buell and Austin Reynolds. Schrecengost was voted to the all-region first team on offense and Patten is a second-team defender. Dennis, Buell and Reynolds are also back on defense, and Walsh is a striker. Wood, Short and McClelland are back at midfield. Corry has plenty of experience back and could receive immediate contributions from newcomers Curtis Northrop, Jo Karpenko and Freddie Steffen. Northrop and Karpenko are defenders and Steffen could step in and start at keeper. Corry has loaded its non-region schedule up with Erie County powers, including North East and General McLane to get ready for a grueling region schedule. The Beavers have one of the most experienced teams back in the region but continuing to develop chemistry will be important.

Schedule
September
3 at North East 4
5 Eisenhower 4
7 at Fort LeBoeuf 11 a.m.
12 at General McLane 4
14 at Iroquois 1
16 Saegertown* 4
18 at Titusville* 4
21 Girard 11 a.m.
24 at Bradford* 6:30
26 at Oil City* 6:30
28 Seneca 4
30 Warren* 4
October
2 at Saegertown* 4
8 Titusville* 4
10 Bradford* 4
12 at West Middlesex 3
14 Oil City* 4
16 at Warren* 5:30
*Region 4 matches

Girls
Coach: Gary Whiteley (2nd season, 0-18-0)
2012 overall record: 0-18-0
2012 region record: 0-8-0 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Brianna Sulecki, Sara Silka
Top returning players: Meghan Silka, Erika Ryker, Alexa Byers
Assistant coach: Kaylyn Whiteley
Outlook: Corry was more competitive in 2012 but the Beavers are still looking for their first win in years. Corry will have to replace two starters in Brianna Sulecki and Sara Silka. Sulecki was a sweeper last fall and voted as the team MVP, while Silka was a captain and midfielder. The Beavers will have several starters back to lean on. Meghan Silka, Erika Ryker and Alexa Byers are back along with Amanda Whitaker, Tess Martin and Alyssa Stoddard. Ryker and Whitaker are returning senior defenders, while Martin and Stoddard are senior midfielders. Silka is a junior midfielder and Byers is a sophomore midfielder. Corry could also receive big contributions from new players Megan Donato, Mikayla Wiler and Katelynn Wiler. Mikayla Wiler is an incoming freshman and could help in the midfield, while Katelynn Wiler is back from a knee injury last fall. Corry continues to rebuild and work with the lower levels. The Beavers continue to build the program up and Corry could be a solid team in a few years. Winning matches this fall won’t be as important as continuing the progress at every level. The first step for the Beavers will be getting that first win to get some momentum going for the program.

Schedule
September
3 at General McLane 5:30
7 at Iroquois 10 a.m.
9 Central Tech 4
11 McDowell 4
14 Kennedy Catholic 1
17 Warren* 4
19 at Strong Vincent 6:30
23 at East* 6:30
25 Villa Maria* 6
October
1 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
3 at Bradford* 6:30
7 at Warren* 4
9 East* 6
12 at West Middlesex 1
15 at Villa Maria* 4
16 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
19 at Titusville 11 a.m.
21 Bradford* 4
*Region 4 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 4th, 2013

Conneaut Eagles
Boys
Coach: Robert Blake (1st season)
2012 overall record: 9-8-2
2012 region record: 6-3-1 (third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to General McLane 7-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.

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

Schedule
August
31 at Girard 11:30 a.m.
September
4 Saegertown 4:30
6 Meadville 4:30
10 Hickory 6
14 at Meadville 5
16 West Middlesex* 4:30
18 at Mercer* 7:30
24 at Sharpsville* 4
26 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
30 Commodore Perry* 4:30
October
2 at West Middlesex* 7:30
5 Grove City 11 a.m.
8 Mercer* 4:30
10 Sharpsville* 4:30
14 Kennedy Catholic* 4:30
16 at Commodore Perry* 4
19 at Saegertown noon
22 Hickory 7:30
*Region 1 matches

Girls
Coach: Brian Kebort (7th season, 44-60-5)
2012 overall record: 2-14-2
2012 region record: 2-9-1
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Carley Unger, Loriann Vernier
Top returning players: Monica Farley, Michaela Morrell, Keri Scott, Brooke Phelps
Assistant coach: Lynn Cyphert
Outlook: Conneaut may be the only Class AA team in Region 3, but the region is loaded with talented Class A programs, including the defending District 10 champion in Fairview. The Eagles will need to improve fundamentally and replace Carley Unger and Loriann Vernier. The two graduated in the spring but Conneaut returns five starters to turn to. Seniors Becca Owens and Keri Scott are back at forward along with midfielders Allyson Golenberke, Raven Magrino and Brooke Phelps. Megan Mason and Michaela Morrell are back at fullback and senior Monica Farley returns at goalkeeper. Conneaut was young last fall and has plenty of experience back in the starting lineup. The Eagles are in a tough situation as they have to really impress to make the playoffs. There is no automatic playoff spot in Region 3, meaning Conneaut will likely have to finish in the top 2 in the region and have a solid overall record. The Eagles have enough experience to compete with the best teams in Region 3, but they will have to improve on offense and defense to start knocking off the Class A powerhouses.

Schedule
September
3 Meadville 4:30
5 at Eisenhower* 4
7 Titusville 11 a.m.
9 at Fairview* 4
11 Grove City 4:30
14 at Meadville 11 a.m.
17 Iroquois* 4:30
19 at Maplewood* 4
23 at North East* 4:30
25 Seneca* 4:30
28 at Titusville 11 a.m.
October
1 Eisenhower* 4:30
3 Fairview* 4:30
9 at Iroquois* 4
12 at Cambridge Springs noon
15 Maplewood* 4:30
17 North East* 4:30
21 at Seneca* 4
*Region 3 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 2nd, 2013

Commodore Perry Panthers
Boys
Coach: Charles McErlane (6th season, 50-40-1)
2012 overall record: 6-11-0
2012 region record: 4-6-0 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Tyler Osbourne, Jason Forbes
Top returning players: David Jeffries, Sebastian Coburn, Colin Kytchak, Jonathan Stapchuck, Jensen Shollenberger, Kinser DeMarco
Assistant coaches: John Forbes, Ben Glassman, Zac Woodson
Outlook: Commodore Perry went through some growing pains last fall but the Panthers have plenty of experience back this season. Commodore Perry will have to replace two starters on defense after the graduation of Tyler Osbourne and Jason Forbes. Osbourne was voted to the all-region second team. Seniors Colin Kytchak and Jonathan Stapchuck are back to lead the defense but the other two spots will have to be filled in camp. The panthers have a strong senior contingent back, including goalkeeper Kinser DeMarco. Fellow seniors David Jeffries, Jensen Shollenberger and Sebastian Coburn are back at midfield. Jeffries is looking for a big season after missing most of 2012 with injuries. The Panthers also have players with varsity experience that will fight for playing time, including Cody Hoover (defense), Devan Zavala (midfield/defender), Seth Jaussen (midfield/striker), Zach Hershberger (midfield/striker), Damon Schestile (defense), Jacob Barger (midfield/defense), Trent McErlane (midfield), Joseph Wizorek (defense), Segi Stainbrook (midfield/defense), Brendan Warner (midfield) and Justin Smerkar (midfield/defense). Commodore Perry was also boosted by the transfer of Christian Riggle from Kennedy Catholic and Brandon Moss from Conneaut. The Panthers could be a tough team to beat in Region 1 this season. Commodore Perry has lots of experience and talent back this fall. If the Panthers can continue to grow as a team, they could not only be a region contender but could emerge a contender for District 10 as well.

Schedule
September
5 at Iroquois 4
9 at Sharon 4
11 at Wilmington 7:30
16 at Sharpsville* 4
18 West Middlesex* 4
21 Hickory 11 a.m.
24 Kennedy Catholic* 4
26 at Mercer* 7:30
30 at Conneaut* 4:30
October
2 Sharpsville* 4
8 at West Middlesex* 7:30
10 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
14 Mercer* 4
16 Conneaut* 4
19 Sharon 11 a.m.
21 at Grove City 7:30
23 Slippery Rock 4
*Region 1 matches

Note: Commodore Perry does not have girls soccer.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 2nd, 2013

Central Tech Falcons
Boys
Coach: Bob Plonski (14th season, 130-86-17)
2012 overall record: 11-6-0
2012 region record: 3-3-0 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Dylan Carr, Cody Dovishaw, Santos Guerra, Jeremy Molder, Matt Schwabenbauer
Top returning players: Dawson Baloga, Zhafar Dzhuburov, Logan Henry, Alex Yacobozzi, Cameron Silvis, Manzur Asadov
Assistant coach: Dave Plonski
Outlook: Central Tech was on the brink of making the playoffs last season. The Falcons are looking to take the next step and get into the postseason. Central will have some holes to fill with the graduation of Dylan Carr, Cody Dovishaw, Santos Guerra, Jeremy Molder and Matt Schwabenbauer. Guerra was voted to the all-region first team on offense, while Schwabenbauer was a first-team defender. Carr was a second-team selection on defense. With some talent to replace, the Falcons will turn to standouts Dawson Baloga, Zhafar Dzhuburov, Logan Henry, Alex Yacobozzi, Cameron Silvis and Manzur Asadov. Dzhuburov was voted to the first team on offense, while Asadov had a breakout sophomore season to be voted to the first team on offense. Molder is also a returning all-region selection after being voted to the second team as a goalkeeper last fall. The Falcons’ program is on the rise and seems to get better each season. As the confidence grows, Central will be a bigger threat to Cathedral Prep and McDowell. Even if the Falcons don’t beat Prep and McDowell regularly this year, they could make a statement to force District 10 into a Class AAA semifinal match. Central has the talent back to compete and will need to keep progressing to knock off the Class AAA powers in District 10.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
4 Harbor Creek 4
9 at Seneca 7:30
10 at Girard 4
12 Strong Vincent 6:30
18 at McDowell* 7:30
21 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
24 Cathedral Prep* 8
October
2 Meadville* 4
5 General McLane 4
9 McDowell* 6
16 at Cathedral Prep* 7:30
18 East 3:30
21 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
22 at Meadville* 7
24 at Iroquois 7
*Region 6 matches

Girls
Coach: John Sala (8th season)
2012 overall record: 6-10-2
2012 region record: 0-4-0 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Allison Kinecki, Ari Buccigrossi, Lauren DeVore, Kristina Szczesney
Top returning players: Emily Humes, Marie Winarski, Jada Dixon, Noelle Vallimont, Hanna Zeigler, Abby Grygier
Assistant coaches: Diane Olszewski, Maggie Bowser
Outlook: Central Tech struggled with region matches last fall and will look to turn that round this season. The Falcons will have to replace graduates Allison Kinecki, Ari Buccigrossi, Lauren DeVore and Kristina Szczesney. Buccigrossi was voted to the all-region team on offense and all four graduates leave big holes to fill. Central has plenty of experience back including Emily Humes, Marie Winarski, Jada Dixon, Noelle Vallimont, Hanna Zeigler and Abby Grygier. Vallimont was voted to the all-region team on offense and is a solid striker for the Falcons. Winarski and Zeigler could battle for time at goalkeeper and could see playing time when not in net. Dixon and Grygier are back on defense, while Humes is back at midfield. The Falcons have some work to do to fill in their defensive line and need a player or two to step up and help Vallimont at forward. Chelsea Smith is a new player to varsity the could contribute right away. McDowell returns a loaded team and will likely be the team to beat in Region 6 this season. Central, however, needs to only beat Strong Vincent to return to the postseason. The Falcons’ two biggest matches of the season will come Sept. 26 and Oct. 15 and a win in either could mean the playoffs.

Schedule
August
30 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
September
3 at Mercyhurst Prep 6
5 at Bradford 6:30
7 North East 9:30 a.m.
9 at Corry 4
11 Warren 6:30
12 Girard 4
17 McDowell* 6
18 Villa Maria 4
26 at Strong Vincent* 3:30
October
8 at General McLane 6
9 McDowell* 6:30
11 East 3:30
12 Girard 7
14 at Cambridge Springs 4
15 Strong Vincent* 6
21 at Harbor Creek 6
23 at Iroquois 7
*Region 6 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer

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