Westmoreland campus clippings: Soccer trio helps Duquesne to A-10 Tournament
A trio of local players helped lead the Duquesne women’s soccer team into the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Sophomore midfielder Hannah Nguyen (Penn-Trafford) has started 16 games and has a goal and an assist, and redshirt junior defender Marley Smith (Norwin) has made 14 starts and sophomore forward Lexi Kendro (Norwin) has 11 appearances.
Pitt-Greensburg: The Bobcats (17-0-1) will look to continue their best season when they open the AMCC playoffs with a semifinal game Wednesday at home against D’Youville (10-5-2). UPG is the No. 1 seed in the tournament for the first time in program history and won the regular-season title with a mark of 9-0-1. UPG had a first-round bye.
Freshman forward Ashley Lucas leads the AMCC in goals (22), assists (11) and points (55), and sophomore Tiffany Michalek has 17 goals and 41 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Yoder has a league-best .937 save percentage and a 0.29 goals-against average.
The AMCC championship will be Saturday. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Slippery Rock: Two sophomore defenders from Norwin helped the Rock (14-3, 13-2) clinch the PSAC West title. Katy Ericson has played in all 17 games and has a goal and an assist, and Emily Arnold has taken 11 shots, three on goal, in 16 games played.
Cal (Pa.): Freshman Jake Nebinski (Norwin) assisted a goal in a 2-1 victory over Pitt-Johnstown. Nebinski has started all 13 games and has a goal and three assists.
Ohio Northern: Sophomore kicker Dom DiFalco (Franklin Regional) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. He kicked a career-best 49-yard field goal in a 63-24 loss to No. 2 Mount Union. For the season, he is 6 for 6 on field goals and has made 31 of 32 extra points.The 49-yard field goal in the longest in the OAC this season.
West Virginia: Junior Mark Goetz (Greensburg/The Kiski School) tied for 25th and helped the Mountaineers to a seventh-place finish at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii. He posted rounds of 69, 68 and 70 for a 6-under-par total of 207.
Pitt-Greensburg: Senior defensive specialist Kassi Niver became the second player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs.
Pitt-Johnstown: Senior outside hitter Noelle Carota (Latrobe) was named the PSAC Southwest Division Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. She averaged 14.5 kills and 11.5 digs over a pair of matches for the Mountain Cats. She had 17 kills and 12 digs in a four-set loss to Clarion.
Saint Vincent: Senior Sarah Wozniak was named PAC Player of the Week. She helped the Bearcats (15-17, 10-6 PAC) win four straight matches to close the regular season and clinch a PAC Tournament berth for the first time since 2013. She had 10 kills, four blocks and three digs against Geneva. She leads the PAC in blocks (84) and is second in hitting percentage (.284) and kills (322).
Washington & Jefferson: Freshman middle hitter Kyleigh Jester (Ligonier Valley) had five service aces for the Presidents in a 3-1 loss to Waynesburg.
Westminster: Sophomore Samantha Kelly (Penn-Trafford) recorded a team-high 15 assists, and junior Haley Moore (Greensburg Central Catholic) had 10 assists as the Titans (24-6) defeated Geneva, 3-0. Westminster is the No. 1 seed in the PAC Tournament.
Saint Vincent: Sophomore Maura Skelley was named first-team All-PAC at No. 1 singles and doubles, and Bearcats freshman Angela Popovich (Hempfield) made the first team in doubles and the second team in singles.
Men’s cross country
Saint Vincent: The Bearcats won their eighth PAC title as five runners placed in the top 14 in the 100-runner field. Senior Will Greene won the individual title, finishing the 8K race in 26 minutes, 10.15 seconds. He is the PAC Runner of the Year. Teammate Frankie King (Greensburg Salem), a junior, was runner-up in 27:02.36, and SVC senior Tyler Laughery (Norwin) was third (27:10.91).
Women’s cross country
Westmoreland Community College: The Wolfpack finished sixth at the NJCAA championships for their best showing in school history. Coach Pat Comer was named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NJCAA Division III Central Region Women’s Coach of the Year.
Saint Vincent: Junior Zach Baum (Derry) was named PAC Swimmer of the Week. Baum won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and the 100-yard butterfly against Allegheny.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .