For the second match in a row, the Meadville girls soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit on its way to a victory. This time, the Lady Bulldogs did it against Conneaut, downing the Eagles in a 3-2 overtime thriller on Tuesday.
Conneaut (0-1-0) powered out of the gate with two goals inside of the first 11 minutes. First, Keri Scott punched one in just three and a half minutes into the game. And Jillian White made it 2-0 under seven minutes later, getting an assist from Brooke Phelps.
Meadville, however, fought back, scoring back-to-back goals under a minute apart. Ellie Holmgren got the Lady Bulldogs on the board with the clock at 21:18. Then 57 seconds later, Abigail Frndak knocked in the game-tying score.
After a goal-filled first half, the two teams were blanked in the second. There was some good worked turned in by both goalkeepers, which included Meadville’s Alexandra Smith (five saves) and Conneaut’s Monica Farley (13 saves).
The match wouldn’t stay quiet for much longer.
Six minutes into overtime, Frndak struck again
“It was actually kind of fun to watch,” said Meadville head coach Allen Moore. “(Frndak) dribbled past two defenders and put it in the upper corner just out of the goalie’s reach. It was just the perfect spot at the perfect time.”
The match-winning goal has Meadville off to a 2-0-0 start to the year.
Lady Devils disarm Rockets
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — The Cambridge Springs girls soccer team earned its first win of the season, and did it in style, dispatching non-region opponent Titusville 5-1 on Tuesday.
A trio of sophomores scored all the goals for the Spa (1-1-0). Taylor Babb registered the hat trick while Gina Peters and Ashleigh Scott had one goal apiece.
Samantha Watson had two assists.
Brittany Barr, Alaina Budzbanowski and Babb each had one assist.
Brenna Digiacomo earned the win in goal for the Devils.
MASH bounces Bison
WATERFORD — The Meadville boys soccer team broke open a 1-0 game with three tallies in the second half, besting non-region opponent Fort LeBoeuf 4-0 on Tuesday.
Dane Cessna got the Bulldogs (2-0-0) on the board with a goal in the 39th minute of a tightly played first half. Logan Zimmerman had the assist.
The flood gates opened in the second half as Troy Hovis, Cottrell McDonald and Zimmerman all found the back of LeBoeuf’s net. Duncan Zanie had assists on the goals by Hovis and McDonald.
Tanner Stanton and Connor Johns combined for the shutout in goal for Meadville. The Bulldogs keepers needed to turn away just two shots total in the match.
Prep edges McLane in OT
ERIE — Cathedral Prep’s Ted Martin recorded a hat trick, enabling the Ramblers to slip by General McLane 3-2 in overtime in a non-region thriller on Thursday.
Matt McCallion gave McLane (0-1-0) a 1-0 lead with a goal in the first half. But then Martin scored back-to-back goals to put his team in front 2-1 before the half.
McLane’s Brett Farley tied the game up with a goal halfway through the second period.
However, with a couple minutes left in the overtime period, Martin rang up his third to give Prep the victory.
Calvary drops opener
PITTSBURGH — The injury depleted Calvary Baptist boys soccer team dropped its 2013 season opener to Robinson Township Christian School 5-0 on Tuesday.
Robinson led 3-0 at the half and scored two more goals in the second half against a Thursder squad that was short four starters.
Calvary goalkeeper Matthew Shaffer made 16 saves in the loss.
Calvary (0-1) goes back to work on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Portersville Christian.
MASH boys, girls open with wins
OIL CITY — Kyle Rose and Meredith Prather both brought home first place finishes to lead the Meadville boys and girls cross country teams to a pair of victories over Oil City in a non-region meet on Tuesday.
The Meadville girls were dominant in their 16-46 win over the Lady Oilers while the MASH boys edged Oil City 22-35 thanks to a tight three-through-five.
For the girls (1-0), Meadville claimed the first four position. Prather led the way in 21:38, followed by Libby Volna in second (22:50), Paige Whitney in third (23:39) and Sammy Whitney in fourth (23:40).
For the boys (1-0), Rose was first in 17:35, 45 seconds ahead of Oil City’s Austin King in second (18:20). After that it was three straight Bulldogs across the finish line. Matt Svetz was third (18:40), Lewis McUmber was fourth (18:54) and Jack Stevens was fifth (19:42).
Meadville 22, Oil City 35
1. Kyle Rose (M) 17:35; 2. Austin King (OC) 18:20; 3. Matt Svetz (M) 18:40; 4. Lewis McUmber (M) 18:54; 5. Jack Stevens (M) 19:42; 6. John Miller (OC) 19:53; 7. Derick Bish (OC) 20:18; 8. Clinton Ames (OC) 20:25; 9. Nick Rose (M) 20:54; 10. Tom Leech (M) 20:58.
Meadville 16, Oil City 46
1. Meredith Prather (M) 21:38; 2. Libby Volna (M) 22:50; 3. Paige Whitney (M) 23:39; 4. Sammy Whitney (M) 23:40; 5. Amanda Espy (OC) 24:08; 6. Abby Peters (M) 24:48; 7. Lucy Volna (M) 24:48; 8. Holly Hudson (OC) 25:13; 9. Maddie Moreland (M) 26:00; 10. Emma Petasis (M) 26:28.
’Dogs fall to Trojans
ERIE — It wasn’t a victory. But it was a scrap. And that will do for now for the Meadville girls volleyball team, which fell to non-region opponent McDowell 22-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 in their season-opening dual match on Tuesday.
“I thought we had a good showing,” said MASH head coach Tammy Webber. “We had a not-so-hot weekend. I was a little skeptical. But (on Tuesday) our game scores didn’t reflect the tightness of the match. The kids showed a lot of character.”
Leading Meadville’s offense was Emily Allen with nine kills. Ellen Mook scored seven kills with seven digs. Cadi McCoy tallied seven kills, six digs and a pair of aces. Jordan Lynn chipped in four kills.
Katie Newman had 27 assists. Alysha Kelyman brought up 14 digs. Mallory Jackson had seven digs. And Brittney Morris notched two aces.
In the JV match, McDowell won it 25-17, 21-25, 15-3.
Note: Thursday’s match between Meadville at General McLane has been moved from Meadville to McLane High School. JV starts at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity.
Steiner nets NCAC laurel
CLEVELAND, Ohio — After taking first place in Saturday’s season-opening Bill Sudeck Invitational, Allegheny sophomore and Meadville native Logan Steiner was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Runner of the Week.
For Steiner, the 2012 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, it marked his first career collegiate win, as he broke the tape in a time of 19:44.65 in the 6K race, hosted by Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve. His victory capped a dominant performance for the Gators, ranked 22nd in the preseason U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association poll. Allegheny won the Sudek Invitational for the fifth consecutive season, and saw four runners finish in the top 12, and seven in the top 20.
This marks the first Runner of the Week honor for Steiner, who burst onto the scene with a memorable freshman season, as he was the top rookie finisher at the NCAC championship, the NCAA Mideast Regional championship, and the NCAA Division III National Championship, where he took 36th, one spot away from All-America status.
Jackson doubles up honors
EDINBORO — Edinboro University cornerback James Jackson was named to a pair of preseason All-American teams as the 2013. The senior cornerback was named to the second team of the D2Football.com Pre-Season All-American Team, and landed a spot on the honorable mention team on the College Development Football League Preseason All-America Team.
Jackson finished the 2012 campaign with 49 tackles, good for sixth on the team, along with leading the team with four interceptions. The 49 tackles were a career high, and he added five passes broken up.
Jackson enters his senior season tied for fifth in career interceptions at Edinboro with 13 while starting 30 of 31 career games. He has either led or tied for the team lead in interceptions all three years.
Jackson was named a preseason All-American in 2012, as well. He was named to the Beyond Sports Network third team preseason All-American team after earning first team All-PSAC West honors in 2011.