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Posted: August 16th, 2013

Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles
Boys
2012 overall record: 13-4-1
2012 region record: 7-2-1 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Fairview 5-0 in a District 10 Class A play-in match.

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

Schedule
September
5 at Grove City 7:30
7 at Portersville Christian 11 a.m.
9 at Keystone 4
12 at Franklin 4
14 at South Side 1
16 Mercer* 4
18 Sharpsville* 4
21 at Wilmington noon
24 at Commodore Perry* 4
26 Conneaut* 4
30 at West Middlesex* 7:30
October
2 at Mercer* 7:30
5 Redbank Valley 2:30
8 at Sharpsville* 4
10 Commodore Perry* 4
14 at Conneaut* 4:30
16 West Middlesex* 4
21 Sharon 4
*Region 1 matches

Girls
Coach: Tina Scoccia (1st season)
2012 overall record: 7-10-0
2012 region record: 4-6-0 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Monica Riggle, Anna Benson, Tawney Godfrey, Hennessy Zolnier, Anna Bonomo
Top returning players: Gracie Izenas, Autumn Jarvie, Katie Trenga, Gabby Nevant, Sara Torres, Tessa Bonomo, Elizabeth Voytko, Elizabeth Volkay
Assistant coaches: Jane Djakovich, Alessia Scoccia
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic will be under new direction this season as Tina Scoccia takes over as head coach. The Golden Eagles will need to use training camp to learn a new system under a new coach and find several players to fill in some big graduation losses. Monica Riggle, Anna Benson, Tawney Godfrey, Hennessy Zolnier and Anna Bonomo are all gone after being voted to the all-region teams last fall. Riggle, Benson and Godfrey were first-team selections on offense, while Zolnier (offense) and Bonomo (defense) were voted to the second team. Kennedy has a young team back with some experience to rely on. The Golden Eagles have five seniors back in Gracie Izenas, Autumn Jarvie, Katie Trenga, Gabby Nevant and Sara Torres. Izenas and Jarvie are back on offense and Trenga and Nevant at midfield. Torres is back to anchor the defense, while junior Elizabeth Volkay will step in a goalkeeper. Fellow juniors Tessa Bonomo and Elizabeth Voytko are back on offense and defense, respectively. Kennedy will need to develop chemistry during practice in order to compete in a tough region. The Golden Eagles have three matches to start the season before two huge matches with Mercer and Wilmington. How quickly the players adapt to a new coach and a new system will determine how far Kennedy can go this season.

Schedule
September
3 Oil City 4
7 Pymatuning Valley 11 a.m.
14 at Corry 1
17 Mercer* 4
19 Wilmington* 4
21 North East 11 a.m.
23 at Sharon* 4
25 Sharpsville* 4
October
1 at West Middlesex* 7:30
3 at Mercer* 7:30
5 Redbank Valley noon
7 at Wilmington* 7:30
9 Sharon* 4
10 at Forest 4:30
15 at Sharpsville* 4
17 West Middlesex* 4
*Region 1 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 15th, 2013

Iroquois Braves
Boys
2012 overall record: 0-17-0
2012 region record: 0-10-0 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

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

Schedule
September
5 Commodore Perry 4
10 at Harbor Creek 6
14 Corry 1
16 at Mercyhurst Prep* 6:30
18 North East* 7
24 Eisenhower* 7
26 at Fairview* 4
30 at Seneca* 4:30
October
2 Mercyhurst Prep* 7
7 East 7
8 at North East* 4
10 at Eisenhower* 4
14 Fairview* 4
16 Seneca* 7
22 at Girard 7
24 Central Tech 7
*Region 3 matches

Girls
Coach: Don Ferri (14th season, 158-113-11)
2012 overall record: 9-6-2
2012 region record: 7-3-2 (tied for second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Mercer 1-0 in the District 10 Class A semifinals.
Top players lost: Morgan Stetson, Alex Breski
Top returning players: Kara Wozniak, Courtney Herget, Courtney Mentley, Mikayla Cagnoli, Rosemary Campbell, Abbi Young, Alyssa Blankenship, Lexy Blankenship
Assistant coach: Jacob Byers
Outlook: Iroquois continued its impressive run recently with another District 10 Class A playoff appearance in 2012. The Braves return an experienced team to chase another postseason spot. Iroquois will have to replace two leaders in Morgan Stetson and Alex Breski. Stetson was voted to the all-region first team as a goalkeeper last fall, while Breski is a two-time all-region selection on offense. With a big hole at keeper, all-region defender Rosemary Campbell will move into the net. She will have a strong defense in front of her, including Kara Wozniak, a first-team selection, along with Alyssa Blankenship, Lexy Blankenship and all-region second-team defender Courtney Mentley. Up front, the Braves have several scoring threats to count on. Courtney Herget was voted to the all-region first team on offense and is back along with second-team selection Mikayla Cagnoli and Abbi Young. The Braves will have to develop some depth and a few starters in camp but they have one of the more experienced teams back in Region 3. Fairview came down to Class A and won the D-10 title right away. Iroquois will look to knock off the Tigers not only in region player but district as well. The Braves have the talent and experience to compete for a D-10 title this season, but their ability to build chemistry and fill holes left by graduation will determine their success.

Schedule
September
3 Girard 7
5 Maplewood* 7
7 Corry 10 a.m.
9 at North East* 4
11 Seneca* 7
17 at Conneaut* 4:30
23 at Eisenhower* 4
25 at Fairview* TBA
October
1 at Maplewood* 4
3 North East* 7
7 at Seneca* 4:30
9 Conneaut* 7
15 at Harbor Creek 6
17 Eisenhower* 7
21 Fairview* 7
23 Central Tech 7
24 Strong Vincent 4
*Region 3 matches

Thursday: Kennedy Catholic

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 14th, 2013

Hickory Hornets
Boys
Coach: Mike Pascarella (12th season, 131-72-13)
2012 overall record: 7-9-2
2012 region record: 3-6-1 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Nick Petrochko, Scott Phillips, Donte Green
Top returning players: Zack Walters, Brady Leunis
Assistant coaches: Pete Donnarummo, Gary Hodgkins, Roby Shulik, Anne McGowan
Outlook: Hickory went through some struggles last fall but remained competitive in a tough region. The Hornets have some talented players to replace in Nick Petrochko, Scott Phillips and Donte Green. Petochko was a team captain and was voted to the all-region first team on offense, while Phillips was a second-team defender. Green was also voted to the all-region second team as a goalkeeper The Hornets have a solid group back, including Zack Walters and Brady Leunis. Walters was voted to the all-region second team on offense last fall, while Leunis is back to lead the defense. The two seniors are returning starters along with junior Evan Montgomery on offense. The three might be the only certain starters this year with every position up in the air in camp. Hickory could receive immediate contributions from new players Evan Montgomery, Matt Costello, Shaun McGowan, Dave Lisweski and Adam Lubarski. The Hornets have a strong program that seems to compete each season despite graduation losses. Hickory has some spots to fill in the starting lineup but teams shouldn’t count the Hornets out this year.

Schedule
September
3 at Sharpsville 4
5 at General McLane 5:30
7 at North East 11 a.m.
10 at Conneaut 6
14 Mercer 11 a.m.
16 Slippery Rock* 7:30
18 at Sharon* 4
21 at Commodore Perry 11 a.m.
24 Wilmington* 7:30
26 Franklin* 7:30
30 at Grove City* 7:30
October
2 at Slippery Rock* 4
5 Strong Vincent 2
8 Sharon* 7:30
10 at Wilmington* 7:30
14 at Franklin* 4
16 Grove City* 7:30
22 at Conneaut 7:30
*Region 2 matches

Girls
2012 overall record: 16-3-1
2012 region record: 9-0-1 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated General McLane 2-1 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Mercyhurst Prep 2-1 in the semifinals.

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

Schedule
September
3 at Wilmington 7:30
5 Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 7:30
12 at Sharspsville 4
14 at Manchester (Ohio) 1
17 at Grove City* 7:30
19 Oil City* 7
21 Karns City 12:30
23 at Meadville* 7
25 at Titusville* 4
26 Warren JFK (Ohio) 4
October
1 Slippery Rock* 7:30
3 Grove City* 7:30
7 at Canfield (Ohio) 7
9 Meadville* 7:30
12 at Oil City* noon
15 Titusville* 7:30
17 at Slippery Rock* 4
23 Mercer 7:30
*Region 2 matches

Wednesday: Iroquois

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 13th, 2013

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach: Joe DiSanto (9th season, 111-47-8)
2012 overall record: 19-2-1
2012 region record: 9-0-1 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Saegertown 3-0 and General McLane 3-0 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Harbor Creek then defeated Belle Vernon 2-0 in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs before losing to Bedford 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Cory Kuzilla, Nick Barclay, Nick Hesch, Phil Hesch
Top returning players: Eric Campbell, Koltin Hammer, Nate Angelo, Andrew Heitzenrater, Dan Kuhn, Mike Ferry, Jonny Warren, Zach Wainwright
Assistant coaches: Dave Schumacher, Keven Beringer
Outlook: Harbor Creek had one of its best seasons in recent history in 2012 with a District 10 Class AA championship and appearance in the PIAA playoffs. The Huskies have some work to do to repeat that success this fallCory Kuzilla, Nick Barclay, Nick Hesch and Phil Hesch are gone to graduation. Kuzilla scored five goals and dished out 11 assists to be voted to the all-region first team on defense, the Region 5 player of the year and to the all-district team. Barclay recorded 10 shutouts as a second-team goalkeeper, while Nick Hesch had eight goals and six assists to be voted to the all-region first team. Phil Hesch was also a first-team selection offense after recording seven goals and 12 assists. The Huskies have a loaded team back, including Eric Campbell, Koltin Hammer, Nate Angelo, Andrew Heitzenrater, Dan Kuhn, Mike Ferry, Jonny Warren and Zach Wainwright. Campbell scored 25 goals and had 16 assists to be named the District 10 player of the year and all-district. Hammer is another big-time offensive threat with 25 goals and nine assists to be named all-district and voted to the all-region first team. Angelo and Heitzenrater were voted to the all-region second team on defense, while Kuhn had six goals and seven assists. Ike Hodapp, Mitch Hillhouse and Connor Needham are three sophomores that could compete for playing time as well this year. Harbor Creek has most of its lineup set this year. Hammer, Campbell, Kuhn and Warren are back on offense, with Angelo, Ferry and Heitzenrater on defense. Wainwright started at midfield last year but will move into net to replace Barclay. There will be at least two open spots to fill in camp, creating plenty of competition for the Huskies. Harbor Creek has high expectations this year. With arguably the two biggest offensive threats in the area with Campbell and Hammer, the Huskies could score early and often in matches. If Wainwright can adjust to his surroundings at keeper and Harbor Creek fills in a few holes left by graduation, the Huskies should contend for the region and district titles this fall.

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

Girls
Coach: Taylor Hilinski (1st season)
2012 overall record: 12-3-3
2012 region record: 5-1-2 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Slippery Rock 3-2 in overtime in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Tash Brigham, Kaylee Lewis, Court Slowikowski
Top returning players: Ania Gorski, Jenny Angelo, Taylor Yount, Taylor Lewis, Dani Dougan, Olivia Brown, Maria Detar
Assistant coaches: Josh Richardson, Abby Ruminski, Kara Prokopchak
Outlook: For the first team in more than two decades, Harbor Creek will have a new coach. Dale Claypoole retired in the offseason and one of his former players, Taylor Hilinski, will take over. Hilinski spent the past three years as an assistant coach at Harbor Creek and Iroquois and is eager to take over as a head coach. She will have some big holes to fill after the graduation of Tash Brigham, Kaylee Lewis and Court Slowikowski. Brigham was voted to the all-state team and was all-district as a goalkeeper, while Lewis and Slowikowski were voted to the all-region first team on offense and defense, respectively. Harbor Creek has a strong group of returning players back led by Ania Gorski, Jenny Angelo, Taylor Yount, Taylor Lewis, Dani Dougan, Olivia Brown and Maria Detar. Angelo was voted to the all-region first team on offense as a sophomore, while Gorski was first team on defense. Yount had a breakout freshman year by being voted to the all-region second team on offense. Lewis is back from injury last season, while Dougan is back at sweeper and Brown and Detar return to lead the defense. The Huskies could also receive contributions from new players Rachel Green and Taylor Reinsel at forward and Sammie Desser, Morgan York an Miriam Syed at midfield. The Huskies’ biggest need will be at keeper. Brigham has been a solid keeper that Harbor Creek could count on the past few years. The Huskies will need to find a keeper the defense can trust and continue to develop their offense. Harbor Creek is a small but brutal region where each region match is a tough win. The Huskies’ program is strong and could reload quickly instead of rebuild. Harbor Creek has a new coach and system in place and building that connection will be important in camp. The Huskies make the playoffs each year and this fall likely won’t be different. Watch for Harbor Creek to contend for another region and district title this season.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
3 at North East 4
7 at Warren 11 a.m.
10 at Villa Maria 7:30
17 General McLane* 6
19 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
23 Cambridge Springs* 4
25 Strong Vincent 6
October
1 at Girard* 5:30
3 at General McLane* 5:30
7 Fort LeBoeuf* 6
9 at Cambridge Springs* 4
12 Warren 7:30
15 Iroquois 6
17 Girard* 6
21 Central Tech 6
24 McDowell 6
*Region 5 matches

Tuesday: Hickory

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
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

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