Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Mohawk High boys soccer team continues to look for positives in the midst of a tough season.
The Warriors managed just five shots on goal in a 2-0 nonsection road loss to Riverside.
“We had a couple of scoring chances, but we just didn’t capitalize,” first-year Warriors coach Greg Aydt said. “Riverside was able to capitalize on their chances, otherwise it was a pretty even matchup.
“The guys have improved,” Aydt said. “They never stop working. And our defense has really improved, working hard and moving together as a team.”
Austin Grist made nine saves for Mohawk (1-11-1). The Warriors have dropped five straight games and scored just goals on the year.
The Panthers (9-4-1), who compete in Class A compared to Class AA for Mohawk, led 2-0 at the half.
Lady Spartans fall
Class A Laurel lost its second straight match, dropping a 25-15, 25-23, 25-13 nonsection home match to Class AA Blackhawk.
Allie Collier notched five kills for the Lady Spartans (9-4) and Leah Telesz added five points.
“I think they came in thinking they were going to lose,” Laurel coach Nikki Downing said. “That’s why we only scored 15 points in the first game. In the second game, we didn’t have many errors and it was nice to see us not fall into the same rut that Blackhawk did.
“We used that opportunity to be ahead for most of the game. The girls knew it was a bigger team. They’ve moved on from (Thursday’s) Beaver County Christian loss.
“They’re still anxiously awaiting the Shenango game later in the season and seem motivated.”
Laurel lost the JV match to Blackhawk, 28-26, 26-24.
Stephanie Telesz paced the Lady Spartans with nine points and seven aces, while Makenna Natale contributed five kills and six digs. Callie Ritchie added five kills and three points.
The Lady Warriors dropped a 1-0 Section 1-A road contest against Quigley Catholic.
The game was scoreless at the half.
Mohawk is now 6-5-1, 7-6-1.
Lum nets three
Wilmington’s Kyler Lum scored three goals in a 6-1 District 10, Region 1-A road victory over Kennedy Catholic.
Allie Mayes and Anna Hartwell added a goal each for the Lady Greyhounds. Wilmington (6-1, 6-5) scored its sixth goal on an own goal by the Lady Golden Eagles.
Kyndra Chambers contributed two assists for the Lady Greyhounds. Lum, Mayes and Hartwell added one each.
Anna Miller made four saves for Wilmington.
The Lady Greyhounds led 3-0 at the half.
Boys cross country
Blackwell places first
New Castle’s Trevor Blackwell topped the field against Blackhawk and Hopewell, winning the race in 17:31.
The Red Hurricane won both meets, topping Blackhawk (27-29) and Hopewell (19-36).
Mike Mazzanti was fourth for New Castle in 18:57 and teammate Alex Shepard was fifth in 19:29. Chris Mazzanti took sixth in 19:41 and Corey Niles was 15th in 20:25.
The ’Canes’ Andrew Gonzales won the junior high boys race in 10:51.
Girls cross country
Adamo tops field
New Castle’s Caitlin Adamo rolled to a first-place time of 24:03 in a meet against Blackhawk and Hopewell.
The Lady ’Canes won both meets, knocking off the Lady Cougars (24-33) and the Lady Vikings (18-37).
Rebecca Paul placed second for New Castle in 24:13 and Natalie DeVincentis was seventh in 27:04. Vanessa Turner finished eighth in 27:10 and Gabby Matarazzo was ninth in 27:27.
The Lady ’Canes’ Jessica Hill finished second in the girls junior high race in 12:47.