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Penn College Golf, Women’s Tennis Teams Win Openers

The Pennsylvania College of Technology golf and women’s tennis teams opened their seasons with impressive wins last week.

Alex Howe, of Lake Ariel, shot an 80 to lead the Wildcats as they topped eight other teams Wednesday in the Penn State Mont Alto Invitational at Penn National Golf Course. Also for Penn College, Sam Bubb, of Williamsport, shot an 81; Corey Teeple, of Lake Ariel, and Calvin Fouse, of Palmyra, both shot 82; and Nick Krupka, of Allentown, and Dan Hanovic, of Brooklyn, N.Y., each shot 88. As a team, the Wildcats finished with a 325 while second-place Penn State Lehigh Valley had 341.

Women’s Tennis
On Thursday, the women’s tennis team opened with an 8-1 win over Baptist Bible College. Winners in both singles and doubles for Penn College were Melissa Stabley, of Cogan Station; Taylor Lapointe, of Pelham, N.H.; Taylor Pompeo, of Renovo; Brooke Reed, of Hamburg; and Autumn Macinnis, of Trout Run.

On the road Saturday in its Penn State University Athletic Conference opener at Penn State Brandywine, the women’s tennis team lost, 4-1. The Wildcats now are 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Lapointe, at No. 3 singles, was the lone Penn College winner.

“It was a real close match. A lot of the individual matches were real competitive. We lost a few tie-breakers. It could have gone either way but for a few points,” coach Robert Kemrer said.

Men’s Soccer
Facing PSUAC opponent Penn State Brandywine in its home opener on Saturday, the Penn College men’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 overtime decision. The Wildcats now are 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Brandywine scored 17 minutes into the match before Penn College answered with goals from Douglas Binnie, of Charlton, Mass., and Tarik Laroche, of Milton (both unassisted), in the 58th and 73rd minutes, respectively, for a 2-1 lead. Brandywine knotted the score seconds after Laroche’s goal, and won it in the 94th minute. Penn College goalkeeper Malcolm Kane, of Glenside, made eight saves during the match. The Wildcats had 21 shots on the day and Brandywine had 18.

The loss was Penn College’s first in PSUAC action after 14 consecutive wins over two seasons. Its last defeat came at the hands of Penn State Hazleton, 1-0, on Oct. 18, 2011.

“Our team controlled most of the game, but we just couldn’t get it into the net as much as we wanted,” first-year coach Adam Matter said. Commenting on the overtime period, he added, “One of their players just made a very good play and we did more than we needed to to stop them. Instead of being patient and slowing down the game, we tried to speed it up and move the ball and we made some mistakes.”

Also, it was announced last week that Kane was named the PSUAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 1. In the team’s first match, a 3-1 win over Alfred (N.Y.) State University, Kane recorded 10 saves.

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team evened its record at 1-1 Saturday with a 3-1 victory at Baptist Bible College. Elisabeth Greis, of Pottsville, scored two goals for the Wildcats and Sarah Zeigler, of Liverpool, had two assists. Also scoring for the winners was Robyn Beddow, of Lancaster, while Kelsea Robbins, of Milton, added an assist. For the match, Penn College goalie Reda Vermilya, of Turbotville, had six saves. The Wildcats outshot Baptist Bible, 38-9.

“It was a physical match. We played pretty much the way we wanted to, we just didn’t score as many goals as we wanted,” Penn College coach Markus Rybak said.

Running Saturday in the Dutchmen Invitational at Lebanon Valley College at Annville, Penn College finished last in an 11-team field, but first-year coach David Mendez looked at the bright side: “We did well for the first meet. Dan (Flynn) ran close to what he did last year at the conference meet and Nate (Mashack) ran real good. We’ll improve, that’s all we can do. We’re getting ready for conference meets, that’s what our goal is.”

Mashack, of Bloomsburg, placed 57th over the 8K course in 30 minutes, 59 seconds. Also for Penn College, Flynn, of Blairstown, N.J., was 64th in 31:38; Tyler Pecora, of Drums, was 103rd in 35:27; Ed Knyff, of Ocean Grove, N.J., was 107th in 35:41; and William Cox, of Ebensburg, was 119th in 43:01.

King’s College won the event with 48 points, followed by Misericordia, 52; Lebanon Valley, 64; Eastern University, 106; Howard Community College, 112; Wilkes University, 163; Stevenson, 227; Alvernia, 233; Penn State Berks, 234; Lycoming College, 270; and Penn College, 295.

Women’s Volleyball
Losses Saturday at Penn State Harrisburg against Harrisburg, 13-25, 23-25, 16-25, and King’s College, 16-25, 24-26, 25-27, dropped Penn College to 0-3 on the season. Against Penn State Harrisburg, Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, had seven kills; Catie Aviles, of Robesonia, had 10 assists; and Gernert and Rachel Heller, of Allison Park, each had two digs. Against King’s, Gernert had 10 kills and four aces, Aviles had 18 assists and Heller five digs.

“We need to clean up our unforced errors. We would have beaten those teams if we would have handled the ball better on our side of the net,” first-year coach Monica Brown said.

Looking at the start of PSUAC action on Thursday, she said, “I think we’re gaining more confidence in ourselves as we play and I think we’ll be pretty strong going into conference play.”

Men’s Soccer
Overall record: 1-1
PSUAC record: 0-1
Saturday, Sept. 7 – host Penn State Brandywine, L, 3-2 OT
Tuesday, Sept. 10 – host Baptist Bible College, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12 – at Penn State Schuylkill, 4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 16 – at Valley Forge Christian College, 4 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
Overall record: 1-1
Saturday, Sept. 7 – at Baptist Bible College, W, 3-1
Saturday, Sept. 14 – at Alfred, N.Y., University, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19 – host Mt. Aloysius College, 5 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball
Overall record: 0-3
Saturday, Sept. 7 – at Penn State Harrisburg, L, 13-25, 23-25, 16-25
Saturday, Sept. 7 – vs. King’s College at Penn State Harrisburg, L, 16-25, 24-26, 25-27
Monday, Sept. 9 – at Mt. Aloysius College, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12 – host Penn State Hazleton, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14 – quadrangular at Lycoming College, 10 a.m. (with Lycoming, Wilkes University and Baptist Bible College)
Sunday, Sept. 15 – host Penn State Mont Alto, noon
Wednesday, Sept. 18 – at Penn State Scranton, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 – at Penn State Mont Alto, Penn College finished first in a nine-team field.
Monday, Sept. 9 – Penn College Invitational at White Deer, 11 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19 – at Penn State Schuylkill Invitational, 11 a.m.

Women’s Tennis
Overall record: 1-1
PSUAC record: 0-1
Thursday, Sept. 5 – host Baptist Bible College, W, 8-1
Saturday, Sept 7 – at Penn State Brandywine, L, 4-1
Tuesday, Sept. 10 – at Susquehanna University, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15 – host Wilkes University, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19 – host Misericordia University, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7 – Dutchmen Invitational at Lebanon Valley College, placed 11th
Saturday, Sept. 14 – Cougar Classic at Misericordia University, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 – Penn State Fayette Invitational at Uniontown, 1 p.m.

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