District college notebook: Slippery Rock soccer teams advance in PSAC tourney
By Jeff Vella
Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, 6:14 p.m.
Freshman midfielder Ryan Lutke scored with 39 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the sixth-seeded Slippery Rock men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over third-seeded Gannon in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament Thursday.
The Rock (10-3-6) face second-seeded West Chester in the semifinals at 11 a.m. Saturday.
• Fifth-seeded California (Pa.) lost, 8-7, in a shootout to Millersville after the teams battled to a 1-1 tie in a PSAC quarterfinal. The Vulcans finished the season 11-6-2. Millersville and top-seeded Mercyhurst play in Saturday's other PSAC semifinal.
• Second-seeded Geneva beat third-seeded Grove City, 8-7, on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie in the Presidents' Athletic Conference semifinals Wednesday. The Golden Tornadoes (9-5-4) face top-seeded Thomas More (12-3-4) in the title game at 11 a.m. Saturday in Crestview Hills, Ky. Thomas More beat fourth-seeded Westminster, 4-0, in Wednesday's other semifinal.
• Jake Gamble (Butler) scored twice, and Eric Vunovic (Norwin) and Jimmy Belack (Upper St. Clair) added goals to lift Penn State Behrend to a 5-1 rout of Penn State Altoona in the semifinals of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament Thursday. The top-seeded Lions (16-3) host second-seeded Medaille at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship. Medaille beat third-seeded La Roche, 4-0, in the other semifinal Wednesday.
• Eighth-seeded Slippery Rock upset top-seeded West Chester, 2-1, in a PSAC quarterfinal Thursday. Shelby Ward (McGuffey) and Cailin Conner scored for the Rock, who advanced to face sixth-seeded East Stroudsburg at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at California (Pa.).
• Freshman Janelle McCann scored as top-seeded California defeated Indiana (Pa.), 1-0, in a PSAC quarterfinal. The Vulcans (15-3-1), coming off their second straight PSAC regular-season title, are ranked 16th in the country in Divison II. They will host fourth-seeded Edinboro at 11 a.m. Saturday. IUP finished the season 9-6-4.
• Third-seeded Gannon lost, 5-4, on penalty kicks to East Stroudsburg after a scoreless tie in a PSAC quarterfinal. Gannon (13-3-2) had a 27-10 advantage in shots. The Knights — the eighth-ranked team in Division II — will hope to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the bracket is announced Monday.
• Two early goals helped fourth-seeded Edinboro upend fifth-seeded Kutztown, 2-1, in a PSAC quarterfinal. Jansen Hartmann (North Hills) scored the eventual game-winner in the 27th minute, and Meghan Kelly (Mars) made seven saves for the Fighting Scots (13-3-2). Kutztown (11-6-2) was ranked 24th in the nation.
• Top-seeded West Virginia lost, 2-0, to eighth-seeded TCU in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday. The setback ended the Mountaineers' 13-match unbeaten streak. No. 17 WVU (11-4-4) will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which releases the bracket at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
• Second-seeded Grove City downed third-seeded Washington & Jefferson, 2-1, in a PAC semifinal Wednesday. Sam Weber (Freeport) scored on a penalty kick for the Wolverines (15-3-1), who will meet top-seeded Thomas More (19-1) in the final at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Crestview Hills, Ky. Thomas More beat fourth-seeded Waynesburg, 5-0, in the other semifinal.
• Emily Foy scored her third game-winning goal in the past four games to lead top-seeded Penn State-Behrend past fourth-seeded D'Youville, 1-0, in the AMCC semifinals Wednesday. The Lions (11-8) meet Pitt-Bradford (13-5-1) at noon Saturday in the championship. Second-seeded Pitt-Bradford prevailed, 3-1, over sixth-seeded La Roche in a shootout after a scoreless tie in the other AMCC semifinal. La Roche finished 9-7-4.
• Conference champion Penn State (16-2-1, 10-0-1) took five of the six Big Ten individual honors. Junior Maya Hayes received Forward of the Year for the second consecutive season. She tied for the conference lead in goals per game (1.00) and was tied for sixth in goals (12) after missing seven games while playing on the gold medal-winning U.S. U-20 Women's National Team in the U-20 World Cup. Senior Christine Nairn, who led the team with 13 goals, nine assists and 35 points, was named Midfielder of the Year. Whitney Church earned Defender of the Year, Raquel Rodriguez received Freshman of the Year and Erica Walsh earned Coach of the Year.
• Penn State earned its first Big Ten title since 2008 with a 6-1 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (15-3, 5-1) received a bye into the Big Ten semifinals and beat No. 11 Iowa, 3-2, on Friday. Penn Stat will play Indiana or Michigan for the championship on Sunday.
• PSU swept the conference's major awards Thursday. Charlene Morett was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fifth time after a season highlighted by her 400th win with the program. Senior forward Kelsey Amy earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after finishing with 21 goals and nine points. Junior Brittany Grzywacz received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors.
• Indiana (Pa.) received its first bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament since 2008. The Crimson Hawks (14-5) visit West Chester at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner advances to face top-seeded Shippensburg on Nov. 9.
• Penn State suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season, dropping a five-setter Sunday at No. 4 Nebraska. The Nittany Lions (21-2, 11-1), who remain in first place in the Big Ten, defeated the Cornhuskers (18-3, 10-2) earlier this fall. Penn State dropped from first to third in the rankings. It hosts No. 10 Minnesota at 8 p.m. Friday.
• Pitt-Bradford advanced to the semifinals of the AMCC tournament, sweeping Penn State Altoona, 25-16, 25-22, 25-5, in the opening round. Pitt-Bradford (10-22) will face top-seeded Penn State Behrend at 2 p.m. Saturday.
• Fifth-seeded Westminster downed fourth-seeded Geneva College in four games Wednesday to advance to the PAC semifinals. Westminster (22-10) visits top-seeded Thomas More College (24-5) in Friday's semifinals. In another quarterfinal Wednesday, sixth-seeded Grove City lost to Bethany in three games. Second-seeded Thiel (22-7) plays Bethany in Friday's other semifinal.
• The Grove City College women won their 24th straight Presidents' Athletic Conference team championship Saturday morning. Washington & Jefferson's Kristen Galligan became the first PAC MVP in school history after taking the individual crown. On the men's side, St. Vincent College earned its third consecutive team title. Chansler Poole (Penn-Trafford) led the way with a second-place finish. W&J's Scott Ryan won the individual title.
• Denis Lydon (Plum) and Michael Smolinski (North Allegheny) took second and third overall to help the Penn State Behrend cross country team win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference team title Saturday.
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