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Men’s tennis, soccer teams win

In action last week, the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s soccer and tennis teams picked up their first wins of the season and the college’s highly successful softball coach announced her resignation.

FLASHBACK
Men’s soccer
Hosting Gallaudet University Saturday in its lone match of the week, Penn College scored three goals in the first half and held on for its first win of the season, 4-3. The Wildcats now are 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Gallaudet scored first, before Kevin McFarland, of Coatesville, put Penn College on the board with a goal at 17:18 on an assist by Gabriel McKeon, of Williamsport. Less than two minutes later, Josiah Potts, of Brooklyn, New York, made it 2-1 Penn College. But Gallaudet evened the score in the 21st minute and it stayed that way until shortly before halftime when McKeon tallied on a penalty kick. Just over five minutes into the second half, Greg Conkle, of Carlisle, scored what proved to be the game-winner off a blocked shot. Brendan Skwirut, of Aston, went the distance in goal for the Wildcats. Penn College led in shots 19-10 (8-3 on goal) and in corner kicks 5-4.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): At Penn State Berks (2-4-1 overall, 1-1 NEAC), 4 p.m. Wednesday; at Penn State Abington (2-3 overall, 1-1 NEAC), 1 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Berks: Tied 4-4 on Oct. 26. (1-2-1 lifetime).

Last meeting vs. Penn State Abington: Lost 3-2 on Sept. 8, 2018. (0-5-1 lifetime).

NEAC standings through Sunday: SUNY Poly 2-0, Penn State Harrisburg 2-0, SUNY Cobleskill 2-0, Penn College 1-1, Lancaster Bible College 1-1, Wells College 1-1, Penn State Abington 1-1, Penn State Berks 1-1, Morrisville State College 1-1, Cazenovia College 0-2, Keuka College 0-2, Gallaudet University 0-2.

Women’s soccer
After a midweek postponement, the Wildcats were more than ready to go at home on Saturday against Gallaudet University and they took no prisoners in a 6-0 rout that leveled their NEAC record at 1-1 and moved them to 2-3-1 overall. Dominique Brown, of Benton, tied the Penn College NCAA-era single-game record by scoring four goals and, after assisting on one of her teammate’s goals, set a new modern points record with nine. Ashley Donat, of Lenhartsville, finished with two assists for Penn College and goalkeeper Taylor Gonzales, of Lititz, recorded the shutout. The Wildcats led in shots 43-12 (18-3 on goal) and in corner kicks 17-1.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): At Penn State Berks (3-5 overall, 2-0 NEAC), 7 p.m. Wednesday; at Penn State Abington (2-5 overall, 0-2 NEAC), 3 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Berks: Lost 5-0 on Nov. 3. (0-7 lifetime).

Last meeting vs. Penn State Abington: Won 6-0 on Sept. 8, 2018. (3-2-1 lifetime).

NEAC standings through Sunday: Morrisville State College 2-0, Penn State Berks 2-0, Penn State Harrisburg 2-0, Keuka College 2-0, Penn College 1-1, Cazenovia College 1-1, Lancaster Bible College 1-1, SUNY Poly 1-1, Gallaudet University 0-2, Penn State Abington 0-2, SUNY Cobleskill 0-2, Wells College 0-2.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC Top 5: Brown is tied for second with four assists, tied for fourth with six goals, fourth with 16 points and fifth with 28 shots. Gonzales is third with 1.42 goals against average, fourth with a .791 save percentage and fourth with nine goals against.

Women’s volleyball
Wednesday at Alfred State College, Penn College lost, 3-1 (25-12, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22), in a nonconference match. Alfred led in kills 50-26, aces 13-8 and assists 42-25. The Wildcats led in digs 47-42. Among the Penn College leaders were Abbi Mingus, of Monroe Township, with eight kills; Kylee Butz, of Lawrenceville, with five aces; Mackenzie Mahler, of Quakertown, with 21 assists; and Hannah Burnett, of Middlebury Center, with 19 digs.

At home Thursday in its NEAC opener against Penn State Berks, the Wildcats fell, 3-1 (19-25, 25-4, 25-20, 25-12). Berks led in kills 40-22, aces 18-6, blocks 4-1 and assists 35-20. Penn College led in digs 73-71. Individually for the Wildcats, Mingus had seven kills, Mahler 14 assists and Burnett 13 digs.

Wrapping up the week Saturday in NEAC play at Lancaster Bible College, Penn College lost, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-21), to drop to 1-10 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Lancaster Bible led in kills 41-12, aces 12-1, assists 41-11 and digs 49-37. Individually for the Wildcats, who have been struggling with injuries to several key players, Mingus and Butz each had four kills, Emalie Marnati had three blocks and an ace, Mahler had 11 assists, and Burnett had 17 digs.

“We struggled through yet another lineup change as another player was sidelined with an injury. Halfway through the second set, Savanna Slough, of Williamstown, was replaced by Sami Boucher, of State College, who was just released to play again. Sami held her own and Emalie Marnati moved back to middle hitter, where she was able to spark a few points off of blocking in the remainder of the second set and continued that into the third. While Kylee Butz continued her role as the kills leader, Abbigale Mingus was a steady force all-around as the lineup changes were threatening to shake things up for our ladies,” coach Bambi Hawkins said afterward.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (record through Sunday): At Penn State Harrisburg (8-3 overall, 2-0 NEAC), 7 p.m. Thursday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Harrisburg: Lost 3-0 Sept. 27, 2017. (1-3 lifetime).

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Harrisburg 2-0, Lancaster Bible College 2-0, Morrisville State College 1-0, SUNY Poly 1-0, Wells College 1-0, Penn State Berks 1-1, Penn State Abington 1-1, Keuka College 1-1, Cazenovia College 0-1, Penn College 0-2, Gallaudet University 0-2, SUNY Cobleskill 0-2.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC Top 5: Burnett is fifth with 4.12 digs per set.

Men’s-women’s tennis
In a pair of 9-0 nonconference shutouts Saturday at Marywood University, the Penn College men won to go to 1-2 overall and the women lost to drop to 0-2. Winning their contested matches for the Wildcat men were Tucker Phillippe-Johansson, of Mattituck, New York, at No. 1 singles; Jesse Kight, of Williamsport, at No. 2 singles; Zack Burkhart, of Milton, at No. 3 singles; and the No. 1 doubles team of Tommy Cavanagh, of New Hope, and Daniel Gianelle, of Salisbury, Maryland. All other matches were claimed by forfeit.

Jackie KlaholdSoftball coach moving on
After four seasons and four consecutive playoff appearances – three in the NEAC where her team finished second last spring – softball coach Jackie Klahold resigned her position to accept the head coaching role at Wilkes University.

Klahold was named the college’s first full-time softball coach in 2016 and in four seasons compiled a 76-70 overall record, 49-28 in the conference. She was named the NEAC North Division Coach of the Year in 2017 and guided her team to a program-record 24 wins this past season.

During her tenure, Klahold coached 17 All-NEAC selections and 14 NEAC Scholar-Athletes.

In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Klahold also served as Penn College’s senior woman administrator and was the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee adviser. Klahold helped organize the college’s efforts in community service, which helped the school earn the NEAC Senior Woman Administrator’s Cup for the first time last year.

A national search is being conducted for her replacement.

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS
Men’s soccer
Overall: 1-5
NEAC: 1-1
Saturday, Sept. 21 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), W, 4-3
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – at King’s College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – at Juniata College, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer
Overall: 2-3-1
NEAC: 1-1
Thursday, Sept. 19 – host Keystone College, ppd.
Saturday, Sept. 21 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), W, 6-0
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – host Lycoming College (Battle for the Lumber), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – host Susquehanna University, 7 p.m.

Women’s volleyball
Overall: 1-10
NEAC: 0-2
Wednesday, Sept. 18 – at Alfred State College, L, 3-1 (25-12, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22)
Thursday, Sept. 19 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 3-1 (19-25, 25-4, 25-20, 25-12)
Saturday, Sept. 21 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-21)
Thursday, Sept. 26 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Hood College triangular vs. Lycoming College, noon; vs. Hood College, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 11 a.m.; host Elmira College, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 – vs. Morrisville State College (NEAC), noon; vs. Cazenovia College (NEAC) at Reading, 2 p.m.

Men’s cross-country
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Cazenovia College Invitational, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 – Bud Smitley Invitational at Penn State Harrisburg, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 – at DeSales Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2 – NEAC Championships at SUNY Cobleskill, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Bethlehem, TBA
End of season

Women’s cross-country
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Cazenovia College Invitational, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 – Bud Smitley Invitational at Penn State Harrisburg, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 – at DeSales Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2 – NEAC Championships at SUNY Cobleskill, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Bethlehem, TBA
End of season

Golf
Monday, Sept. 23 – host Williamsport Country Club Collegiate Invitational, noon
Monday, Sept. 30 – at Penn State Hazleton Invitational, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 21 – at Lebanon Valley College Invitational, noon
End of season

Men’s tennis
Overall record: 1-2
Saturday, Sept. 21 – at Marywood University, W, 9-0
Thursday, Oct. 3 – host Lycoming College at Elm Park, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6 – at King’s College, 2 p.m.
End of season

Women’s tennis
Overall record: 0-2
Saturday, Sept. 21 – at Marywood University, L, 9-0
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – host Lycoming College at Elm Park, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6 – at King’s College, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13 – host Berkeley College at Elm Park, 2 p.m.
End of season

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website.

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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