Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Neshannock High girls soccer team was in cruise control last night.
Sydne Slingluff and Caitlin Trotta scored two goals each to lead the Lady Lancers to a 10-0 WPIAL Section 1-A road win over South Side Beaver.
Marissa DeMatteo, Jenna Herman, Annie Litrenta, Angela DeBlasio, Annlyn Van Eman and Meg McCarthy posted one goal apiece for the winners.
Neshannock (8-3-1 section, 9-4-1 overall) is firmly in second place. Sewickley Academy leads the league at 11-0, 11-0-1. The top four teams in Class A reach advance to the WPIAL playoffs.
The Lady Lancers led 5-0 at the half.
“It definitely was a game where we had to focus on some of our finer points,” Neshannock coach Christine McConnell said. “We made sure in the second half we really worked on that.
“The goal scoring was pretty spread out. It was nice to be able to have the opportunity to get other girls some experience.”
Mangino paces Mohawk
Mikala Mangino scored three goals, lifting the Lady Warriors to a 5-2 Section 1-A home win over New Brighton.
Mohawk (6-4-1, 7-5-1) took charge in the second half, breaking a 1-1 halftime deadlock.
Amber Daugherty and Mackenzie Moon scored one goal apiece for the Lady Warriors.
Mangino, Daugherty, Ayla Chapman and Asheli Freed notched one assist each for the winners.
Aliya Gage made 16 saves in goal for Mohawk, which is 2-0-1 in its last three games. The Lady Warriors are tied for third place in the section standings with Quigley Catholic (6-4-1, 7-6-1). Mohawk won the first matchup, 4-2.
Lancers hold on
Neshannock’s David Tice and Connor Richards scored one goal each in a 2-1 Section 5-A road verdict over South Side Beaver.
Pat Danglidis and Josh Maggi had one assist each for the Lancers (2-7, 3-9-1).
Neshannock led 2-1 at the half.
Maggi had 13 saves in goal to preserve the win.
BCC upsets Laurel
The Lady Spartans’ championship hopes suffered a blow as they dropped a 20-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-12 Section 3-A road decision to Beaver County Christian.
Mackenzie Mraz led Laurel (7-2, 9-3) with 11 kills and seven points. Rachael Baker was next with five kills and seven points.
Leah Telesz supplied nine kills, four points and four aces for the Lady Spartans, while Allie Collier slammed 11 kills. Ellen Shaffer added six kills and Makayla Dupont provided 32 assists.
“Their ability to finish is something we’ve been struggling with all season,” Laurel coach Nikki Downing said. “You can’t let teams hang with you if you have bigger goals in mind.
“(Last night) was completely us. The team didn’t play aggressive. We made stupid errors and they took it from us. Hopefully this doesn’t kill us for the rest of the season.”
The Lady Spartans never led in the deciding fifth game.
Laurel won the JV match, 26-24, 25-21.
Emily Gibson recorded 12 points and five aces for the Lady Spartans and Stephanie Telesz followed with seven points.
Callie Ritchie notched six kills and Morgan Ritchie handed out 10 assists.
Lady Wildcats cruise
Shenango rolled past Aliquippa in a Section 3-A match, 25-5, 25-8, 25-11.
Sophia Koury paced the visiting Lady Wildcats (9-0, 11-2) with seven kills and Liz Quahliero added five aces.
Sarah Herb was next with nine assists.
Laurel’s loss gives Shenango a two-game lead in the section race with three league matches left.
The Lady Wolverines came up short against Blackhawk in Section 1-AA action, 26-24, 25-14, 25-14.
Isabella Williams led host Ellwood (3-4, 6-4) with 15 assists and Asia Borders contributed three blocks and five kills.
Susie Blyth followed with 17 digs.
“We played a really good first game. In my mind, we won,” Lady Wolverines coach Kim Frampton said. “We had a really big lead and they had a tough server and they came back.
“It was like we gave everything we had in the first game and that was it. We have to bounce back from that.”
Ellwood won the JV match, 25-10, 25-20.
Miranda Fuchs posted 10 aces and six digs, while Emily Brown collected nine assists.
Bailey McKinney spiked seven kills, while Autumn Kuzmin and Shae Barrett added 10 digs apiece.
Lady Lancers win
Neshannock knocked off New Castle in a nonsection home match, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13.
Jordan Wethli posted eight points and four aces for the Lady Lancers (6-10) and Madison Altmyer added seven points and four aces.
Katie Burrelli chipped in 15 points and Taylor Frank added 32 assists and six points.
“We played a solid three games. New Castle played very well, too,” said Neshannock coach Andrew Frank, who is Taylor’s dad. “We brought a good offense together against them and we’re starting to come together as an offense.”
Neshannock won the JV match as well, 25-12, 25-23.
Tayler Grybowski notched six points and five aces for the Lady Lancers. Autumn Paolini followed with eight points and four aces.
Gina Zingaro collected 15 assists and Mia Vitale served up nine points.
The visiting Lady Scots knocked off Western Beaver in Section 3-A action, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17.
Morgan Miller slammed 10 kills with three aces for Union (5-4, 6-6), while Tyanna Harris added 15 assists.
Christina Noble served up seven aces and Allyson Conrad posted five aces, four kills and four digs.
“The girls played really well,” Lady Scots coach Bob Miller said. “We’re kind of digging our way out of the hole (in section play) we got into in the early part of the season.”
The Lady Scots won the JV match, 26-24, 25-13.
The Lady Warriors dropped a marathon to Beaver in Section 1-AA play, 25-27, 25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7.
Paige Ruby supplied nine kills and three aces for host Mohawk (1-6, 5-7), while Maria Fleck added six kills.
Shannon Verlotte delivered four kills and Samantha Carr added three kills and six digs.
Malea Tress provided 18 assists.
“They battled all the way through, each game,” Mohawk coach Britney Kwolek said. “We’re struggling with our energy and attitude right now. We’re not consistent with that. It has to be a team effort all the way.”
Beaver won the JV match as well, 25-21, 23-25, 16-14.
Maggie Cosgrove recorded five kills for Mohawk and Erin Giancola supplied three kills and six blocks.
Jess Meyer added 10 assists, four digs and three aces.
Lady Greyhounds roll
Wilmington cruised to a convincing 5-0 road decision over Sharon.
Lauren Barber (No. 1), Alanna Elliott (No. 2) and Alexis Donati (No. 3) earned singles wins for the Lady Greyhounds (9-3, 9-3).
The doubles tandems of Katie Chase/Lydea Kraynak (No. 1) and Rebeccah Swerdlow/Kaitlyn Meyers (No. 2) also scored victories.
“The girls really stepped up and played well,” Wilmington coach Jim Arrow said. “I told them, we went up there one year and they beat us because we were overconfident. But they really stepped up and played well (yesterday).”
Following are the results:
Wilmington 5, Sharon 0
1. Lauren Barber (W) def. Rebecca Rueberger 6-2, 6-3.
2. Alanna Elliott (W) def. Kaitlyn Jones 6-0, 6-1.
3. Alexis Donati (W) def. Marissa Monnin 6-4, 6-0.
1. Katie Chase/Lydea Kraynak (W) def. Albriana Dellibow/Alex Hughey 6-1, 6-1.
2. Rebeccah Swerdlow/Kaitlyn Meyers (W) def. Isabella Searmack/Natalie Liscio 6-2, 6-3.
Shenango places second
Matt DeAngelo fired a 78, propelling the Wildcats to a second-place finish in the High School Invitational at Tam O’ Shanter Golf Course.
Shenango recorded a 318. Butler won the seven-team event with a 317.
“There were some pretty good teams there. It was a little disappointing to come in second by just one shot,” Wildcats coach John Dado said. “The course was playing tough. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t easy for anyone.
“I thought Matt hung in there. I thought he played well. It was pretty tough putting on some of the greens.”
Darren Carone contributed a 79 for the Wildcats and Tyler Settle was next with an 80. Lucas Villani notched an 81.
Nick Peluso carded an 80 for Laurel, which finished fifth with a 330. Shane Wilson delivered an 82, Ben Armando posted an 83 and Cody Crawford chipped in with an 85.
Mike Maciarello paced Neshannock with a 77 and Matt Cioffi was next with an 85. Grant Weaver supplied an 87 and Marcus Giangiuli delivered a 91. The Lancers took sixth with a 340.
Union was seventh with a 350. Jacob Jendrysik posted an 84 and Joe Rossi followed with an 86. Cole Gorgacz recorded an 87 and Austin Burk tallied a 93.
Meadville was third with a 319 and Erie Strong Vincent took fourth with a 322.