Penn College Women Have Record-Setting Week in Soccer
The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s soccer team had a record-setting performance and four of the college’s fall teams posted a combined 5-0-1 record last week.
In five previous matches since 2005 against NCAA Division III Lycoming College, Penn College was scoreless and had given up 27 goals. Although it failed to score again this year, a 0-0 tie Thursday with the Warriors was, in many ways, as good as a win.
“We played an amazing game. It was probably the best I’ve ever seen the team perform since I’ve been at Penn College,” said Markus Rybak, who is in his third season as head coach. “We had clear chances to score and just didn’t. Overall, I thought we were even, if not a little better than they were. … It’s a good accomplishment for us,” he added.
Although the match goes into the record books as a tie, a penalty-kick shootout gave the Wildcats their first Battle for the Lumber trophy, awarded annually since 2010 to the winner between the two city colleges.
On Saturday at Penn State Beaver, Jocelyn Moyer, of Tower City, scored a career-high four goals and Kaileen Delaney, of Lancaster, added three as Penn College dominated in every phase of the game, outshooting Beaver 55-1 and winning 17-0. The 17 goals are a school record and the team improved to 5-1-1. Scoring two goals each for the Wildcats were Valeria Passalacqua, of McAlisterville; Elizabeth Greis, of Pottsville; and Madilyn Walters, of Lewistown.
Three goals in the second half lifted the Wildcats to a 3-2 non-conference win at Mt. Aloysius College on Thursday. Jose Gomez-Zavala, of Kennett Square, scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 74th minute.
Returning to Penn State University Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Penn College outshot Penn State Beaver, 15-2, in a 6-0 win. Christopher Brennan, of New Hope, and Luke McFalls, of New Oxford, each scored two goals and Tarik LaRoche, of Milton, had two assists as the Wildcats improved to 6-1-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
Nathan Scott, of Canton, Conn.; Adam Smith, of Duncannon; Jordan Rodgers, of Biglerville; and Christopher Morrin, of Morrisville, all were double winners (in singles and doubles) on Saturday in a 7-2 Penn College victory over Penn State Lehigh Valley that improved the team’s record to 2-1.
Tara Powell, of Burgettstown, had nine kills in Penn College’s 3-0 PSUAC win at Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. Morgan Moberg, of Huntingdon, had 13 assists. The Wildcats are 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the PSUAC.
Competing against NCAA Division II and III schools, the Penn College men finished 11th in a 12-team field at the Lock Haven University River Run Invitational on Saturday. Wildcat Dan Starr, of Stewartstown, placed 103rd in a personal-best 29:55 over the 8K course. Carnegie Mellon University finished first and Lock Haven was second.
Odds and Ends
Women’s volleyball player Powell, a senior outside hitter, was named PSUAC women’s volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 16. In four games, Powell had 35 kills and 37 digs as the Wildcats went 3-1.
In the Week 3 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Coaches’ polls, the Penn College women’s soccer team is No. 3, the men’s soccer team is No. 8 and the women’s volleyball team is No. 15.
Saturday, Sept. 22 – at Lock Haven Invitational, men’s team finished 11th in a 12-team field
Saturday, Sept. 29 – at Luzerne/Penn College Invitational, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 – at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, canceled due to rain
Monday, Sept. 24 – at Penn State Lehigh Valley Invitational, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 – at Penn State Brandywine Invitational, 10 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 1 – at Penn State Hazleton Invitational, 11 a.m.
Overall record: 6-1-1
PSUAC record: 4-0
Tuesday, Sept. 18 – at Wilkes University, postponed to Sept. 27
Thursday, Sept. 20 – at Mt. Aloysius, W, 3-2
Saturday, Sept. 22 – at Penn State Beaver, W, 6-0
Monday, Sept. 24 – host Albright College, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 27 – at Wilkes University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 – host Penn State Mont Alto, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2 – host Susquehanna University, 5 p.m.
Overall record: 5-1-1
Thursday, Sept. 20 – host Lycoming College, 0-0 tie
Saturday, Sept. 22 – at Penn State Beaver, W, 17-0
Tuesday, Sept. 25 – at Chatham University, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – host College of St. Elizabeth, 7 p.m.
PSUAC record: 2-1
Saturday, Sept. 22 – at Penn State Lehigh Valley, W, 7-2
Thursday, Sept. 27 – host Penn State Hazleton, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 – host Penn State Mont Alto, noon
Saturday, Oct. 6 – at Penn State Brandywine, noon
Overall record: 5-3
PSUAC record: 3-0
Wednesday, Sept. 19 – at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, W, 3-0 (25-7, 25-7, 25-8)
Tuesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Mont Alto, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. City College of New York, 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. Lycoming College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. Misericordia University, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2 – host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 7 p.m.