Season of transitions continue with Penn College athletics
Last week the season ended in the North Eastern Athletic Conference semifinals for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s soccer team. The season began for the Wildcat wrestlers. And six fall sports athletes were awarded all-conference honors and, looking ahead, the start of the basketball season looms next week.
Top-seeded Penn State Berks scored two first-half goals and added five goals in the second half to move on while Penn College finished 11-9-2 overall and 9-5-1 in all conference matches. Berks led in shots, 21-1 (15-1 on goal), and in corner kicks, 5-0.
“Penn State Berks is a very good team. We ran into a group that really played well and really executed their gameplan about as well as they could,” Penn College coach John McNichol said after the 7-0 loss. “We had an idea what we wanted to do … unfortunately they were able to get an early goal … and it forced us to have to change the way we wanted to play.”
While Tuesday’s 1-1 triple overtime tie against Penn State Abington didn’t count in the wins column, a 5-4 shootout advantage was enough to allow the Wildcats to advance into Saturday’s semifinal. Tiffany Brown scored the lone Penn College goal on an assist from Hailee Hartman at 31:29. Abington evened the score in the 87th minute. A goal by Jane Herman provided the shootout difference. Abington led in shots, 15-7 (5-4 on goal). Both teams had five corner kicks.
“I’m very proud of how far we made it this year. … We had some injuries, Lauren Herr, (got hurt not even a minute into the game against Abington on Tuesday) and it definitely was a big loss and affected us (Saturday). She was really tough to replace,” McNichol said.
On Friday, four Wildcats were honored as All-NEAC selections. Senior defender Jordan Courter and sophomore defender Herr were named to the first team, while junior forward Hartman and sophomore midfielder Herman were named to the second team. The four players are the most All-NEAC honorees in program history for the Wildcats, who finished the season with a program record-tying 11 wins.
On Saturday at the King’s College Monarch Invitational, Cam Newman and Dylan Otis both placed sixth to highlight Penn College’s opener as the Wildcats finished tied for ninth among 12 teams.
Newman was edged, 1-0, in the 133-pound fifth match by Scranton’s Nick Ciaccia. Newman pinned New York’s Anthony Calvano in 6:43 in the second round and received a medical forfeit in the quarterfinals before falling 6-1 and 5-3 in the semifinals and consolation semifinals.
Otis had to medical forfeit both the consolation semifinals and fifth-place match at 285. He began the tournament with three consecutive wins via a pin over Roger Williams’ Adam Patsun in the first round, a 4-0 decision over SUNY Cortland’s Zach Gifford in the second round and a 2-1 decision against New York’s Santino Pelusi in the quarterfinals.
Also for Penn College, at 149, Dison Myers went 3-2 with a loss in the second round before picking up three falls in the consolation rounds and ending with a setback in the final consolation round. At 165, Tanner Leid won his first match with a pin and lost his next two bouts and at 174. Chase Schaeffer picked up a first-round fall before bowing in his final two matches.
Last Monday, freshman Josh Velez became the first student-athlete in Penn College history to earn a North Eastern Athletic Conference yearly honor when he was named Men’s Cross Country Rookie of the Year. Velez, who earned NEAC Runner of the Week honors earlier this season, also was named to the All-NEAC First Team after finishing seventh in the NEAC Championships.
Also for the Wildcats, Thomas Runner was awarded All-NEAC Second Team honors for his 10th-place finish in the conference championship.
SCHEDULES, RECORDS and RESULTS
Final overall record: 11-9-2
Final NEAC record: 9-5-1 (9-4 regular season)
Tuesday, Nov. 1 – host Penn State Abington in NEAC quarterfinals, 1-1 tie, 3 OT (5-4 shootout win)
Saturday, Nov. 5 – NEAC semifinals at Penn State Berks, L, 7-0
Overall record: 0-0
Saturday, Nov. 5 – at King’s College Monarch Invitational, tied for ninth in a 12-team field
Saturday, Nov. 12 – New York/Pennsylvania Duals with Wilkes University, King’s College, Keystone College and Mount St. Vincent at Riverdale, N.Y., noon
Thursday, Nov. 17 – at Alfred State, 7 p.m.
Overall record: 0-0
Wednesday, Nov. 16 – host Penn State DuBois, 7 p.m.
Overall record: 0-0
Wednesday, Nov. 16 – at Thiel College, 7 p.m.