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Penn College Golfers Open on Wednesday

A new home course to practice and play on and so many players out for the team that eliminations were required have Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile smiling.

Wildcat golfers become the last Penn College fall sports team to begin its season when they take to the links on Wednesday at Keuka College.

Entering their eighth season under Haile, the Wildcats return five players from last year’s team that placed sixth in the spring North Eastern Athletic Conference championships. They are Ned Baumbach, of Elizabethtown; Tyler Marks, of Beachwood, New Jersey; Evan Johnson, of Towanda; Justin Geedey, of Selinsgrove; and Ryen Persun, of Linden.

“I had 14 guys who were trying out for 12 spots on the team. … I’m very pleased with the talent that we have with the guys who are returning. This is one of the largest returning classes and I’m excited about that,” Haile said.

“I’m excited about the talent they are showing and the improvements they have made over the summer, and also I am excited about the recruits we have coming in — Zachary Yost, of Johnstown, and Austin Moscariello, of New Columbia — they’ve been playing quite well in practice …  and also the older brother of Justin Geedey, Derrick, transferred here from Penn State,” the coach said.

This fall, for the first time, the Wildcats will call Williamsport Country Club their home course after many years at White Deer.

“It’s been a great transition. It’s going to prepare them better for the courses that we play,” Haile said. “Many thanks to the country club and their board welcoming us with open arms. It’s been great working with them and Chris McDonald, the pro.”

In addition to practicing at WCC, the Wildcats will host Lycoming College in a match there on Oct. 3.

Although the spring NEAC season is months away, a recent poll of the conference’s coaches has Penn College finishing seventh among nine teams, but Haile thinks it will do better.

“I think it’s a little low,” Haile said of the position. “This is one of our stronger teams in the last couple of years. They are managing their games better, managing their scores, the course is better, they are playing smarter golf. … I definitely expect our guys to play better than where the poll has us.”
In the coaches’ voting, Rutgers University-Camden was first with 64 points; followed by SUNY Cobleskill, 51; Penn State Abington, 41; Penn State Berks, 38; Keuka College, 32; Penn College, 29; Bryn Athyn College, 16; and Wilson College, 10.

Men’s Soccer
In nonconference action on Tuesday, the Wildcats lost to Keystone College, 3-0. Keystone led in shots, 24-7 (12-3 on goal), and in corner kicks, 6-2.

Facing Penn State Abington at home in its NEAC opener on Saturday, Penn College played tough but fell, 2-1. Doug Binnie, of Charlton, Massachusetts, put the Wildcats on the scoreboard at the 11:25 mark with an assist from Luke McFalls, of New Oxford. But Abington struck twice in the second half for its win. Abington led in shots, 16-8 (6-3 on goal), and in corner kicks, 7-3.

Hosting Bryn Athyn in NEAC play on Sunday, Penn College got its first win of the season, 3-0, to go to 1-4 overall. Scoring for Penn College were Dan Hibbs, of Loyalsock Township, on a penalty kick at 37:37, Quin Cleis, of Elizabethtown, at 70:03 and McFalls at 82:43. The Wildcats were outshot, 9-7, but led in shots on goal, 6-5. Bryn Athyn led in corner kicks, 9-7.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: The Wildcats have scored five goals and allowed eight.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Abington was 3-0, Morrisville State, 2-0, Penn State Berks 1-0, Penn College 1-1, SUNY Cobleskill 1-1, SUNY Poly 1-1, Bryn Athyn 1-2, Keuka 0-0-1, and Wells College 0-0-1.

Women’s Soccer
At Gwynedd Mercy University on Wednesday, Lauren Herr, of Manheim, scored on an unassisted goal in the 60th minute and, after two overtime periods, Penn College settled for a 1-1 draw.

In their NEAC opener at home on Saturday against Penn State Abington, Penn College got a first-half goal from Tiffany Brown, of Mechanicsburg, at the 35:58 mark and second-half goal from Hailee Hartman, of Lampeter, at the 46:41 mark for a 2-0 victory. Both teams had nine shots, six on goal, while the Wildcats led in corner kicks, 6-1.

Back in NEAC play at home on Sunday, Penn College blanked Bryn Athyn, 4-0, to go to 2-1-1 overall. Hartman ended the match with one goal and one assist while Lauren Herr, of Manheim, had two assists. Penn College dominated in shots, 18-1 (9-1 on goal), and corner kicks, 7-0, against a team that is competing in the sport for the first time ever.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Penn College has scored seven goals and allowed five.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn College was 2-0, SUNY Poly 2-0, Wilson 1-0, Keuka College 1-0, Lancaster Bible 1-0, Penn State Berks 1-0, Morrisville State 1-1, Cazenovia 1-1, Penn State Abington 1-2, Bryn Athyn 1-2, Wells 0-1, Gallaudet 0-1, SUNY Cobleskill 0-2, St. Elizabeth 0-2.

Women’s Volleyball
Hosting Penn State Schuylkill in nonconference action on Wednesday, Penn College won, 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-14). Sophie Coldsmith, of Gettysburg, led with seven kills; Jalee Rockey, of Morrisdale, had six aces; and Lauren Slater, of Littlestown, had 23 assists.

On Saturday at Penn State Brandywine, the Wildcats lost to the host team, 3-2 (25-17, 19-25, 17-25, 25-15, 13-15) and Hood College, 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 18-25, 14-25), to drop to 2-5 on the season. Against Brandywine, Breana Hayward, of Morrisdale, led with 10 kills for Penn College while Slater had 24 assists and Jordyn Smeltzer, of Manchester, and Coldsmith each had 13 digs. Against Hood, Coldsmith had 12 kills, Slater 27 assists and Rockey 10 digs.

Men’s Tennis
At home with Arcadia University on Saturday, the Wildcats lost, 9-0, to fall to 0-2 on the season.

Women’s Tennis
Hosting Arcadia University on Saturday, Penn College fell, 9-0, and at Wilkes University on Sunday it lost, 9-0, to drop to 0-3 overall.

Men’s/Women’s Cross-Country
Saturday, Sept. 17 – at Penn State Abington, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 22 – at Lancaster Bible, 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24 – at Lock Haven Open, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 – at Lancaster Bible Invitational, 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, TBA
Saturday, Oct. 29 – at NEAC Championship, Lancaster, 10 a.m.
(end of season)

Men’s Soccer
Overall record: 1-4
NEAC record: 1-1
Tuesday, Sept. 6 – host Keystone College, L, 3-0
Saturday, Sept.10 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 2-1
Sunday, Sept. 11 – host Bryn Athyn (NEAC), W, 3-0
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – at Summit University, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24 – at Wilson College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 – host King’s College, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 – host Cazenovia University (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 – host Morrisville State (NEAC), 2 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
Overall record: 2-1-1
NEAC record: 2-0
Wednesday, Sept. 7 – at Gwynedd Mercy University, T, 1-1 (2 OT)
Saturday, Sept. 10 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), W, 2-0
Sunday, Sept. 11 – host Bryn Athyn (NEAC), W, 4-0
Saturday, Sept. 17 – host Alfred State, noon
Sunday, Sept. 18 – host Penn State Harrisburg, noon
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – at Alfred University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24 – at Wilson College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, Sept. 28 – host Lycoming College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 – host Cazenovia College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 – host Morrisville State (NEAC), noon

Men’s Golf
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – at Keuka College Invitational, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – at Elizabethtown College, noon
Thursday, Sept. 29 – at Susquehanna University, noon
Monday, Oct. 3 – host Lycoming College at Williamsport Country Club, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9 – at Bryn Athyn, TBA
(end of fall season)

Men’s Tennis
Overall record: 0-2
Monday, Sept. 5 – at Lycoming College, L, 9-0
Saturday, Sept. 10 – host Arcadia University, L, 9-0
Thursday, Sept. 15 – at Lebanon Valley College, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 – host King’s College, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 – at Susquehanna University, noon
(end of fall season)

Women’s Tennis
Overall record: 0-3
Saturday, Sept. 10 – host Arcadia University, L, 9-0
Sunday, Sept. 11 – at Wilkes University, L, 9-0
Tuesday, Sept. 13 – host Lycoming College, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 22 – host Lebanon Valley College, TBA
Sunday, Sept. 25 – host King’s College, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 – at Susquehanna University, noon

Women’s Volleyball
Overall record: 2-5
Wednesday, Sept. 7 – host Penn State Schuylkill, W, 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-14)
Saturday, Sept. 10 – at Penn State Brandywine Tournament vs. Penn State Brandywine, L, 3-2 (25-17, 19-25, 17-25, 25-15, 13-15); vs. Hood College, L, 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 18-25, 14-25)
Tuesday, Sept. 13 – at Gwynedd Mercy University, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 15 – at Elmira College, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17 – at Misericordia University Tournament, 11 a.m.
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24 – at Keuka College quadrangular vs. Keuka College (NEAC), 5 p.m. Friday; vs. Wells College (NEAC), 10 a.m. Saturday; vs. Cazenovia College (NEAC), 2 p.m. Saturday
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2 – at Penn State Berks quadrangular vs. SUNY Poly (NEAC), 2 p.m. Saturday; vs. Morrisville State (NEAC), 4 p.m. Saturday; vs. SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC), 11 a.m. Sunday

For more, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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