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Penn College golfers ready

The last of the Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams is scheduled to get underway this week when the men’s golf team swings into action Wednesday in the Elizabethtown College Fall Invitational at Hershey Country Club East.

Also this week, the men’s and women’s soccer teams open United East Conference play Saturday on the road.

ON THE HORIZON
Men’s golf
Coach Rob Lytle enters his first fall season after taking over the top spot last spring when his team finished third in the eight-team United East and then-freshman Gavin Baer, of Bainbridge, placed sixth among 40 individuals, won Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the conference’s second team.

“I like my team. I’ve got two really good players returning in Baer and sophomore Will Orwig, of Mifflintown. And, I’ve got a transfer, sophomore Peyton Mussina, of Montoursville, from Averett University, and he’s playing very well,” Lytle said.

Those three, along with junior Trevor Keaton, of Worcester, and freshman Gunner Redmond, of Beech Creek, are expected to start in the opener.

Lytle said there also are some other freshmen he is evaluating who could see playing time.

As part of the team’s preparation for the spring United East season, Lytle has put together what he terms a “pretty aggressive fall schedule.

“I want to play against the best. My expectations are, I want to win tournaments in the fall. This is all building up to the conference championship. I want them to play against some really good players. I want them to get some good competition. My expectations are pretty high.”

A key for the fall season, the coach said, will be getting his players back into tournament golf.

“We’ve had the luxury of playing four weeks, practicing leading up to our first tournament but I’ve got to get them back into a competition mindset,” Lytle said. “I want to make this golf team the best in the conference.”

FLASHBACK
Men’s soccer
In a 2-0 loss at Alfred State College on Wednesday and a 3-3 home tie against Shenandoah University on Saturday, the Wildcats (0-3-1) were outdone in shots on goal, 20-11. Scoring goals in the team’s 11th tie during coach Tyler Mensch’s seven seasons were Gabe McKeon, of Williamsport; Logan Stapleton, of Chambersburg; and Dylan Dailey, of East Stroudsburg. Goalie Cole Catherman, of Selinsgrove, made 12 saves, including seven in a second-half shutout, to secure the tie. Shenandoah had an own goal to close out the first half scoring.

Women’s soccer
During an 0-2 week that saw the team’s record drop to 0-4, Penn College was outdone in shots on goal, 17-5, in losses to Geneva College, 3-1, on Monday and Keuka College, 1-0, on Wednesday. Egan Wiley, of Northumberland, scored the team’s lone goal. Against Keuka, goalie Nicole Lichtinger, of Erie, made six saves.

Women’s volleyball
On Tuesday, the Wildcats snapped a 15-match loss string that extended back to last season with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-16) win at Clarks Summit University, dominating in team aces, 17-1. Cheyenne Stein, of Orwigsburg, led the way with seven aces and 17 assists. That was followed by losses to Penn State Altoona (3-0, 25-17, 25-15, 27-25) on Friday and to Delaware Valley University 3-0, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21) on Saturday as the team’s season log dipped to 1-4. Stein ended the week with 50 assists, while Christine Limbert, of Curwensville, had 16 kills; Coryn Oswald, of Langhorne, had 12 kills and 20 digs; and Kylee Butz, of Lawrenceville, had 20 digs, all coming against PS Altoona.

Men’s/women’s cross-country
Mitch Campbell, of Riegelsville, ended 24th in a 216-runner field in 27:12 over an 8K course to lead the Penn College men, while Madison Shaffer, of Montoursville, paced the Wildcat women with a 139th-place finish in 25:25 over a 5K course in a 190-runner field on Saturday at the Lebanon Valley College Invitational. In their first full team outing of the season under new coach Tom Leeser, the men finished 16th of 23 teams and the women 22nd of 23.

Men’s/women’s tennis
Posting men’s singles wins for Penn College in a 7-2 season-opening Sunday loss to Susquehanna University were Kyle Shuler, of Williamsport, at No. 2, and Logan Ogden, of South Williamsport, at No. 5.

The opener for the Wildcat women was postponed until Sept. 24.

Esports
Penn College was 19th in a field of 36 Tuesday in Collegiate iRacing League GT3 Challenge Long Beach.

SCHEDULES/RECORDS
Men’s soccer
UE: 0-0
Overall: 0-3-1
Wednesday, Sept. 7 – at Alfred State College, L, 2-0
Saturday, Sept. 10 – host Shenandoah University, T, 3-3
Tuesday, Sept. 13 – host Albright College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17 – at Lancaster Bible College (UE), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – host Penn State Harrisburg (UE), 7:30 p.m.

Women’s soccer
UE: 0-0
Overall: 0-4
Monday, Sept. 5 – at Geneva College, L, 3-1
Wednesday, Sept. 7 – at Keuka College, L, 1-0
Saturday, Sept. 10 – host Penn State Schuylkill, ppd.
Saturday, Sept. 17 –at Lancaster Bible College (UE), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – host Penn State Harrisburg (UE), 5 p.m.

Women’s volleyball
UE: 0-0
Overall: 1-4
Tuesday, Sept. 6 – at Clarks Summit University, W, 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-16)
Friday, Sept. 9 – host Penn State Altoona, L, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 27-25)
Saturday, Sept. 10 – Host Delaware Valley University, L, 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21)
Monday, Sept. 12 – host King’s College, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – at Keystone College, 7 p.m.

Men’s/women’s cross-country
Saturday, Sept. 10 – at Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Invitational, men 16 of 23, women 22 of 23
Saturday, Sept. 17 – at Misericordia University, 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Mansfield University Ed Winrow Invitational, 11:15 a.m.

Men’s tennis
Overall: 0-1
Friday, Sept. 9 – at Misericordia University, ppd.
Sunday, Sept. 11 – host Susquehanna University, L, 7-2
Saturday, Sept. 24 – at King’s College Invitational, 9 a.m.

Women’s tennis
Friday, Sept. 9 – at Misericordia University, ppd.
Sunday, Sept. 11 – host Susquehanna University, ppd.
Saturday, Sept. 24 – at King’s College Invitational, 9 a.m.

Golf
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Elizabethtown College Fall Invitational at Hershey Country Club East, noon
Friday, Sept. 16 – Mountain Valley Classic Day 1 at Sinking Valley Country Club (Altoona), 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Mountain Valley Classic Day 2 at Summit Country Club (Cresson), noon
Sunday, Sept. 25 – at Wilson College, 9 a.m.

Esports
Formula Four Championship
Monday, Sept. 19 – Interlagos, 9 p.m.

Collegiate iRacing League GT3 Challenge
Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Long Beach, 19 of 36
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Twin Riing Motegi, 9 p.m.

Collegiate iRacing League Premier Series
Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Kansas, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Texas, 9 p.m.

For more about the United East, visit the conference website.

For additional information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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