With a one-goal lead at the break, the Meadville boys soccer team poured it on during the second half en route to a 4-1 home win over Franklin Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs, who missed multiple opportunities to score in the first half, made sure of their shots late in the contest. Meadville’s Cottrell McDonald didn’t waste much time following halftime, burying a pass from Troy Hovis past the Franklin keeper less than seven minutes into the second half to push the Bulldog lead to 2-0.
Just three minutes later, Meadville struck again, once again off the foot of McDonald, this time on a free kick, to make it 3-0.
Franklin finally got on the board when Vince Paczkoskie scored on a penalty kick. Meadville answered with a Hovis goal, assisted by McDonald, with just three minutes left in the game to secure the win.
Meadville got on the scoreboard at the 20-minute mark when Brandon Owens took a Hovis assist and scored to make it 1-0.
The Bulldogs outshot Franklin 10-7. Meadville keeper Tanner Stanton finished with six saves.
Meadville improves to 4-0, and returns to action Tuesday when it hosts General McLane.
Cats ignite in 2nd half
SAEGERTOWN — Following a scoreless first half, the Saegertown boys soccer team erupted for three goals in the first six minutes of the second half on its way to a 3-0 victory over visiting Girard on Saturday.
It was the second consecutive shutout for goalkeeper Zach Coon, who once again had strong support from his defensive line of Lawrence Brumbaugh, Chris Courson, Jesse Stewart and Jesse Bates.
Matt Schenberg opened the second-half scoring by outrunning Girard’s back line to a long penetrating ball from Trent Krzysiak. Schenberg’s strike from 15 yards out found the side netting to give Saegertown a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Todd McKinney made a run to create space for Peter Mattocks to pass through to Lucas Smith who doubled the lead with a cool finish. Schenberg rounded out the scoring only minutes later, connecting with a lobbed pass that he headed past the onrushing keeper before touching it into the open net.
Now 2-1 on the season, Saegertown travels to Waterford on Monday to on Fort LeBoeuf at 4 p.m.
Bulldogs tackle Tigers
GUYS MILLS — The Maplewood girls soccer team got out to a one-goal lead after Brianna Proudfoot scored off of Rachel Balbula’s assist.
However, Meadville rallied with four unanswered goals to claim a 4-1 non-region win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Korey Sayre, Ellie Holmgren, Amber Cole and Alexandra Smith each took a turn visiting the back of the Tigers’ net.
Bulldogs’ goalkeeper Ashley Piper made 15 saves, helping the squad improve to 3-0-0 on the season.
Maplewood fell to 0-2-0.
Rockets, Eagles tie
LINESVILLE — A match that started in a shootout ended in a stalemate as Titusville and Conneaut ended two halves and two overtime periods tied at 3-3 during non-region girls soccer on Saturday.
The teams combined for five goals in the first half. Titusville’s Gage Holmes scored 39 seconds into the game. Conneaut’s Keri Scott tied it up a couple minutes later. Then the Rockets (0-2-1) built a 3-1 lead off of goals by Hollie Chrisman and Bridget Ditty. Scott brought it back to a one-goal game with her second score of the match, scored at the 35 minute mark.
The second half was relatively quiet from an offensive standpoint. Then at the 15-minute mark, Conneaut’s Brooke Phelps broke the silence with a match-tying tally.
Both teams’ defenses held fast through the rest of regulation and the two OTs. Titusville goalkeeper Cara Hutchinson ended the day with 13 saves. For Conneaut (0-2-1), Monica Farley had 16 saves.
Titans win a pair
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Meadville graduate Julie Powell was among a number of Westminster girls volleyball athletes who had a big day on Saturday as the Titans won a pair of matches at the Marcia French Memorial Invitational, 3-0 over Medaille and 3-1 over tournament host Baldwin-Wallace.
In the 25-12, 25-14, 25-20 sweep over Medaille, Powell had eight kills and notched a career-high in digs with 17. Fellow Lady Titan Claire Ferrando also set a career high in digs with 40. And Megan Romocean tied a career high with 17.
In game two, the Titans won 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 over Baldwin-Wallace. Romocean led with a double-double of 18 kills and 19 digs and also had one ace. Powell had a team-high 36 assists and added two aces.
Westminster will finish the two-day tournament tomorrow, facing John Carroll at 10 a.m. and Wooster at noon.