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Posts tagged "Villa Maria soccer"
Posted: August 25th, 2012

Villa Maria Victors
Coach (season, record): Walt Federowicz (18th season, 275-77-14)
2011 overall record: 16-4-0
2011 region record (place): 7-1-0 (co-champion)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Titusville 9-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Harbor Creek 3-1 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Kaitlyn Kissell, Kim Maasz, Jillian Blaszczyk, Alexus Edinger, Maddy Reichel, Abby Kenski, Kathryn Strobel, Kaylee Philbrick
Top returning players: Courtney Edwards, Eileen Burger, Alexis Monicello, Melissa Blenner, Taylor Jones, Allie Trocki, Morgan Putnam, Emily Schwabenbauer
Assistant coaches: Narciso Burgos, Aaron Jones, Doug VanHoozer
Outlook: Villa Maria could go through a rebuilding season. At least for the first half of the year. The Victors were decimated by graduation and transfers in the offseason. Villa lost seven seniors, including Kaitlyn Kissell, Kim Maasz, Jillian Blaszczyk, Alexus Edinger and Maddy Reichel. Kissell holds school records in career goals (129), season goals (41) and single-match goals (6). She was voted to the all-state team, to the all-district etam and the Region 5 Player of the Year along with the all-region first team. Maasz, Blaszczyk and Edinger were all-region first-team selections, while Reichel was voted to the second team. Those losses would be enough to cripple most powerhouses, but added in three transfers and three players pursuing other sports and the Victors will be hurting this year. Abby Kenski, an all-region first-team selection, left for McDowell, while second-team Kathryn Strobel transferred to Strong Vincent. Kaylee Philbrick moved to Nebraska, leaving the Victors with a young and inexperienced team.

Seniors Courtney Edwards, Alexis Monocello and Melissa Blenner return. Edwards is a second-team midfielder, while Monocello is a midfielder and Blenner is a standout on defense. Also back are juniors Eileen Burger (all-region second team), Taylor Jones and Allie Trocki along with sophomores Morgan Putnam and Emily Schwabenbauer. Putnam was Villa’s second-leading scorer as a freshman. The Victors will look to underclassmen to fill in some holes, including freshmen Julia Lorei, Elizabeth Patsy, Taylor McMahon, Emily Grochowski and Emma Shimek. Villa’s schedule doesn’t do the Victors any favors. The first three matches are against District 10 powerhouses McDowell, Harbor Creek and Mercyhurst Prep. The Victors should be much better in the second half after developing as a team but they need to take care of their region opponents, aside from Mercyhurst, to make sure the season doesn’t get away from them.

5 McDowell 7:30
11 at Harbor Creek 5:30
18 at Mercyhurst Prep* 6:30
20 Central Tech 7:30
21 at Gilmour Academy (Ohio) 4:30
24 Bradford* 7:30
26 Corry* 7:30
29 North Allegheny 1
4 at Warren* 5
5 at Peters Township 8
6 at South Park 1
10 at Bradford* 5
13 at Strong Vincent 3
16 at Corry* 4
22 Warren* 7:30
27 Mercyhurst Prep* 4:30
*Region 4 matches

Note: Villa Maria does not have a boys soccer team.

Sunday: Warren

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: August 13th, 2011

Villa Maria Victors
Coach (season, record): Walt Federowicz (13th season at Villa, 17th season overall, 197-57-7 at Villa, 259-73-14 overall)
2010 overall record: 16-6-0
2010 region record (place): 6-2-0 (second)
2010 playoff results: Lost 8-0 to Mercyhurst Prep in the District 10 Class AA championship and 8-0 in the PIAA first round.
Top players lost: Kayley Jones, Emily Carlin, Nicole Shellenbarger
Top returning players: Kaitlyn Kissell, Maddy Reichel, Abby Kenski, Alexus Edinger, Melissa Blenner, Courtney Edwards, Alexis Monocello, Jillian Blaszczyk
Assistant coaches: Narciso Burgos, Aaron Jones, Sara Deeb
Outlook: Villa Maria has remained a powerhouse for years and most of that success has come from adapting to change. With a state champion (Mercyhurst Prep) in its region, coach Walt Federowicz and the Victors are looking to make another major adjustment. Villa will change up the offense and defense this year and might go through some growing pains before the team gets used to the new system. If all goes well, the Victors will be a huge roadblock for the Lakers in the playoffs. Villa’s biggest concern in camp will be replacing Kayley Jones, Emily Carlin and Nicole Shellenbarger. Jones and Carlin controlled the midfield last year while Shellenbarger was a solid goalkeeper. Jones was named to the all-district team on offense and was voted to the all-region first team, while Carlin and Shellenbarger were second-team all-region selections. Leading the way this fall is Kaitlyn Kissell. Kissell is an all-district pick and set school records in 2010 for goals in one game and one season. She is set to smash the school record for career goals this season. Also back are Maddy Reichel, a converted defender that was voted to the all-region team last fall, Abby Kenski, Alexus Edinger, Melissa Blenner, Courtney Edwards, Alexis Monocello and Jillian Blaszczyk. Kenski, Edinger and Blenner were all named to the all-region team last fall. Villa starts the season off with three home games including a showdown with Mercyhurst. If the Victors win all three, Federowicz will celebrate his 200th win as the Villa coach. If not, Villa will look for his 200th win at Corry and Meadville.

2 Central Tech 4
7 Mercyhurst Prep* 5:30
10 Warren* 5:30
13 at Corry* 4
19 at Meadville 7
21 at Central Tech 4:30
24 at Hickory 12:30
28 Strong Vincent 7
29 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
1 Harbor Creek 2:30
3 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
5 at Warren* 5
8 Corry* 1
11 at Bradford* TBA
15 Fairview 4
19 East 6
22 at McDowell 4:30
24 Bradford* 6

Sunday: West Middlesex, Wilmington

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: July 24th, 2011

The Villa Maria girls soccer team traveled to Strongsville, Ohio over the weekend to compete in the Adidas National Girls High School Showcase and came away with a 3-2-2 record in seven matches against top competition. The Victors started off with a 1-1 tie against Revere and close losses to Normandy (1-0) and Zanesville (2-1). Standout Kaitlyn Kissell had Villa’s goal against Revere, while Alexis Monocella scored against Zanesville.

Villa recovered from its 0-2-1 start to win three of its last four matches. The Victors beat Midview 4-2 behind two goals from Abby Kenski before defeated Norwayne 4-2. Morgan Putnam led Villa with two goals. Villa tied Midburg 1-1 with Putnam scoring again, and the Victors beat Waynesville 2-1 behind goals from Kissell and Courtney Edwards.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer

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