Boys soccer: Port clinches UAVSL North

Oct. 4: Port Allegany 3, St. Marys 1

Tyler Kittilson scored two unassisted goals, once in each half, and Scotty Brookens added another tally to his record-setting career total as the Gators shrugged off an early St. Marys goal to sweep the season series from the Dutchmen in Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League action last Thursday night.

“We’ve never beat them more than once in a year before. It’s great,” Port coach Aaron Clark said afterward. “Last year we had a chance to win the league title – all we had to do is tie them in the last game of the year and we would’ve won the league outright, and we choked it away at the very end. If we would’ve lost to them that would have complicated the league quite a bit, because Coudersport still only has one loss. This basically sets up a very big game on Tuesday with Coudersport.

“They scored quick, maybe five minutes in. They basically dribbled through our defense and we stabbed and overran the ball. It was not a good goal for us. Probably eight minutes after that, Scott was able to put one in from Sam Kysor and Ben Edgell – Ben punted it, Sam sent a beautiful through ball on the ground and it was Scott and the goalie. The goalie didn’t have a chance there.”

The goal was Brookens’ Big 30-leading 29th of the season and 65th overall, both Port High records that the senior forward continues to put out of reach.

With the score level and Port beginning to dominate possession after an early defensive lull, Kittilson corralled a loose ball deep in the St. Marys box and sent it past the keeper to give the Gators the lead at 11:16 of the first half.

The action stayed in front of the Dutchmen net in the second half, as Port barely missed on several scoring attempts before Kittilson snuck behind the defense for a breakaway on a St. Marys goal kick with 12:13 remaining.

“Most of the time those don’t really work,” Clark said. “He was sitting on the 18 – a lot of times, the younger forwards don’t see the point in standing on the 18 on a goal kick, but we tell them ‘Every once in a while, you may get a flubbed goal kick that’s going to go right to you and it’s just you and the goalie.’ So it seems like a pointless practice so many times, but right there it worked out. You could see St. Marys kind of – I don’t want to say quit, but they started conceding right there.”

Edgell had a quiet night in net, needing just five stops to pick up his 12th win of the season as the Gators ran their winning streak to eight games in advance of Tuesday’s UAVSL-deciding match at second-place Coudersport.

UPDATE: Four more goals by Brookens and one from Adam Koehler, plus Edgell’s sixth shutout of the season, earned the Gators their first solo UAVSL North crown with a 5-0 win over the Falcons on Tuesday night. Port, now 13-2 overall, travels to Kane on Thursday with a chance to complete a perfect 10-0 season in the league with a victory against the Wolves. Port won the first meeting, 7-0, with a hat trick from Brookens and an Edgell shutout.

Soccer: Gator boys still unbeaten in UAVSL

Boys:

At the beginning of the 2012 season, one of Port Allegany’s team goals was to claim sole possession of the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League North Division title they shared with St. Marys last year. Now, with just a few games remaining, they’re setting their sights higher, with a chance to run the table in the UAVSL before entering the District 9 playoffs.

On Tuesday, the Gators continued that quest by dominating a rebuilding Smethport squad, 8-2, to improve to 11-2 (7-0 UAVSL).

In a matchup of two 60-goal scorers, Scotty Brookens paced the Gators to an early 3-0 lead on what Clark said “ might have been the fastest hat trick I’ve ever seen,” while Port managed to keep Hubber star Dario Caminite to just one second-half goal. Tyler Kittilson also scored twice and Rudy Collver, Sam Kysor, and Eli Knapp added goals for Port, while Brandon Wright scored just before halftime for the Hubs. Ben Edgell put forth another strong performance in the Gator net, notching four saves – including a point-blank stop on a Caminite header – to pick up the win.

“In a normal game situation we would’ve subbed down, but we had to give the starting defense work against somebody like Dario,” Clark said. “He’s always so dangerous. We know that if we’re only able to score two or three goals and not able to put anything on net, Dario alone can keep them in the game. It is so nerve-racking playing against him. We had to respect him the entire game, we had to pay attention to where he was every last second.”

Port’s next three games, starting with a visit from St. Marys on Thursday, will decide the UAVSL title. Can the Gators get out the brooms?

“Hope so,” Clark said, but he knows there’s still work to be done. “We still have St. Marys, who can play us tough, and we only beat them 3-1 at their field. We have Coudy (5-1 UAVSL), and that’s a rivalry game. That’s another game where their emotions can bring them up and have them play tough with us. And they’re in second place in the league right now, so Coudy’s playing for a playoff spot. It’s not a given yet.”

Girls:

With wins in two of their last four games, the Port Allegany girls soccer team takes a 4-9 record into its final UAVSL North game of the season, Wednesday’s Senior Day meeting with once-beaten Ridgway.

McKenna Johnson and Erika Helo each scored as the Gators swept Smethport with a 2-1 win last Wednesday, and Monica Crawford, Jessica Achar, and Somer Buchsenschutz each netted a goal at Kane on Monday night in a 3-2 victory over the Wolves. Freshman net minder Laura Fox earned both wins, making six stops against the Hubs and eight against Kane.
Even in the setbacks to DuBois Catholic (3-0) and Bolivar-Richburg (2-0), coach Travis Cowburn saw some positives from his young and still-learning squad.

“We’re reacting better, I think. It’s a far cry from where we started at the beginning of the year. Once we’re in shape and we start doing the stuff that we practice, they do really well. But we’ve just got to put the ball in the back of the net. We’ve got to capitalize on what few chances we get.”

The Gators get a nine-day break after the Elkers come to town before finishing the season with games at Genesee Valley and against Elk County Catholic.

Boys soccer: Gators stay atop UAVSL North

Port Allegany and St. Marys shared the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League’s North Division crown in 2011. This time around, the Gators want the title to themselves. And after Tuesday afternoon’s 3-1 win at Ridgway to move to a perfect 6-0 in the division (9-2 overall), they’re well on the way to earning it.

Reigning UAVSL North Most Valuable Player Scotty Brookens continued his campaign to put the Port High records out of reach, scoring his fourth consecutive hat trick and sixth this season to pace the Gators to the sweep over the Elkers. Brookens now has 24 goals – two shy of the single-season record he set last year – and 60 for his career. Eli Knapp assisted on all three scores, while Ben Edgell posted nine saves to chalk up another win in the net.

The senior keeper found a different part of the scoresheet in last Thursday’s 7-0 victory over visiting Kane, moving up front after halftime to notch his first goal of the season. Brookens tallied three times, Tyler Kittilson twice, and fullback Aaron Majot also scored as the Gators cruised to the win.

“I wanted to give Ben some time in the field. He’s worked hard for us,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “I told Sam (Kysor), Scott, and TK that we had a direct goal: I wanted to get Aaron Majot and Ben Edgell a goal today. They’re defensive seniors, and I wanted them to have the chance to score.”

Kysor picked up four assists against the Wolves, with Kittilson (2), Brookens, Knapp, Adam Koehler, and Dane Kio also adding helpers, and Edgell and Garrett Talkington combined for two saves in a quiet day in the net.

“Statistics or not, he’s in everything,” Clark said of Kysor, the Gator playmaker. “Whether his name shows up with goals or assists, he was vital to the first half.”

Port is home for the next week, with Galeton visiting on Friday afternoon before UAVSL North matches against Smethport (Oct. 2), which will be Senior Day, and St. Marys (Oct. 4).

PAHS Roundup: Sept. 12-18

Cross Country:

Port Allegany’s Adam Koehler dodged the raindrops to win his second cross country meet of the season against visiting Otto-Eldred on Tuesday afternoon, crossing the line in 19:47 to pace the Port squad. (With only four Port runners participating, team scores weren’t kept.) Freshman Benon Smith placed third in 21:41, with sophomores Jeremy Barney (8th, 24:14) and Jeff Stehle (10th, 25:25) also completing the course for the Gators.

With a small roster full of dual-sport athletes, it’s mostly about individual progress for the Port Allegany team.

“For the kids who come out, I think they appreciate it and realize it’s something they can do for their life,” coach Fran Reilly said. “That’s what I try to tell them: ‘I never tell you to beat somebody, I always tell you to beat yourself. Always beat your time. Every time you run this course, run it your best, and run it so that you beat your last time.’ And they are, and that’s all I ask.”

For Koehler, who finished 23rd at last year’s District 9 meet in Ridgway as a freshman, Reilly thinks continued improvement might just lead to the PIAA championships before he’s done.

“I’d love to see Adam go to states, and if he wants it, I think he’s right there,” she said.

The season continues with meets against Oswayo Valley, Northern Potter and Smethport before the Oct. 16 North Tier League meet, which will be on the Port Allegany course this year.

Boys Soccer:

Last week, Port Allegany boys soccer coach Aaron Clark was hoping to come through a rough stretch of games with a 6-2 record. Mission accomplished, after the Gators rebounded from a 6-1 loss to powerful Brockway with three straight wins.

On Tuesday, Scott Brookens netted his fourth hat trick of the season as Port roared back from a 1-0 first-half deficit to drop Coudy, 5-1. Tyler Kittilson and Sam Kysor also scored for the Gators (7-2), with Ben Edgell making six saves to pick up his seventh win of the season in goal.

“We were awful on defense in the first half. We were swinging and missing on a lot of clears, giving Coudersport way too many opportunities. Way too sloppy. It was really nerve-wracking to begin with,” Clark said. “They were still rough in the second half at times, but they got a little bit better.”

On Saturday, Brookens scored his 50th career goal on the way to accounting for all of the offense in the Gators’ 3-1 win over St. Marys, with Tyler Kittilson picking up the assist on the milestone.

“It was just a nice ball from TK, on the floor at the 18 right to Scott’s foot and he just dumped it in,” Clark said. “The number of assists he’s gotten over the years from Tyler and Sam Kysor, I think he knows without those guys, he’s not going to have anywhere near 50 goals.”

It was Kittilson’s turn to do the scoring against Smethport last Thursday, with the junior netting the second hat trick of his own and Brookens adding two goals as the Gators dumped the Hubbers by a 7-2 final.

With the offense averaging more than three goals per game and Edgell standing tall in the net, allowing more than one goal in just three of Port’s nine games so far, the Gators would appear to be setting themselves up for a nice postseason run.

“You throw out the beating from Brockway we took, we’re winning pretty much everything we’re supposed to win,” Clark said. “So we’re at the point where we’re just looking at our league schedule and trying to win every game there, and kind of look at playoff seedings.”

The second half of the regular season gets underway on Thursday with a visit from Kane, followed by a welcome five-day break before the Gators head to Ridgway next Tuesday.

Girls Soccer:

As the Port Allegany girls soccer team hits the midpoint of the season, the Gators continue to get most of their goal-scoring from super sophomores Lynae Delacour and Somer Buchsenschutz. Last Saturday was no different as Port picked up its second win, with Delacour’s direct kick in overtime sending the Gators past Kane, 2-1. Freshman Laura Fox made eight saves for the Gators, now 2-6 after dropping a 9-3 decision to Ridgway on Monday.

“Somer had a breakaway goal with a beautiful feed from Lynae,” coach Travis Cowburn wrote in an email after the Kane match. “It was a tough game to watch. Offensively we are still having a tough time creating scoring opportunities. The defense was solid. Erika Helo had a tremendous game at stopper and distributed with good execution. We can’t rely on the same opportunities every game. My offense needs to create things better and see the entire field better.”

The second half of the schedule begins with a visit from St. Marys on Wednesday (too late for this edition), before the Gators host Smethport (Wednesday) and DuBois CC (Thursday) on back-to-back nights next week.

“The meat of our schedule is coming up and we need to win a few if we would like to visit the postseason in any way, shape or form,” Cowburn wrote.

Volleyball:

Like their counterparts on the football field, the Port Allegany volleyball team is picking up right where it left off after a successful 2011 season, dropping just a single game in the first five matches of the current campaign.

“The girls are communicating well. I’m very pleased with their work ethic,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email after the Gators moved to 5-0 with a 25-8, 25-11, 25-11 win over Otto-Eldred on Tuesday night. “The entire team is contributing in every match. Everyone is getting plenty of playing time and we are seeing the benefits in overall improvement.”

Roughly a third of the way through the regular-season schedule following earlier wins over Northern Potter (25-9, 25-16, 25-14 last Tuesday) and Austin (25-7, 25-4, 25-3 on Thursday), Ashley Woodruff leads the team in kills with an even 50 (10 each against NoPo and Austin). Jenny Shelley continues to set up the Gator attack, averaging 23 assists and more than 15 service points per match while firing 28 aces, and Rachel Taylor (10 kills against Austin, 11 kills and 9 blocks against Otto-Eldred) leads a host of other Gators helping stake the team to its unbeaten start.

Port returns to the court on Thursday for a home match against Smethport, then visits Galeton in a non-league match next Monday before returning to North Tier League play with matches against Cameron County and Oswayo Valley.

PAHS roundup: Sept. 5 – 11

Boys soccer:

As the 2012 soccer season began with Port Allegany having to replace all four starters on defense, head coach Aaron Clark wasn’t quite sure how good the unit was going to be.

After his Gators notched back-to-back shutouts, taking care of Olean Archbishop Walsh 3-0 last Thursday before surprising Elk County Catholic 4-0 on Monday afternoon, it looks like they’re exceeding expectations.

“They’re playing great soccer,” Clark said. “Charlie Kysor, Aaron Majot, Logan Hutton and Garrett Talkington started the last game in the defensive backfield and they did great. Trent Miller started the other game. As a collective group, they’re doing just fine.

“In particular, Charlie Kysor playing sweeper. I think both (assistant coach) Mr. Lawton and I are both ecstatic with Charlie’s progress at sweeper. When we played Ridgway and Archbishop Walsh, even against ECC, (goalkeeper) Ben Edgell didn’t have to do much at all. They were easy games for Ben.”

Edgell stopped seven shots against the Eagles and 11 versus the Crusaders to pick up both wins.

Meanwhile, the offense is in midseason form, with the trio of Scotty Brookens, Sam Kysor, and Tyler Kittilson leaving opponents wondering who to stop. Brookens, Kysor, and Eli Knapp each scored against Walsh, while Kittilson tallied a hat trick and Brookens netted his team-leading ninth goal of the young season at ECC.

“They’re right where we knew they would be and could be,” Clark said. “Against ECC, we jumped out 4-0 in the first half and then kind of took the gas off. I subbed down a lot in the second half. I think we just completely took ECC by surprise. It was kind of nice to go and be able to do that against ECC. In the past they’ve – I don’t want to say bullied us, but had their way with us.”

Now 4-1, the Gators have three more road games this week, facing Brockway (Wednesday), Smethport (Thursday) and Saint Marys (Saturday) before finally returning to their home field next Tuesday for a match against Coudersport.

“I’m honestly very pleased with where we’re at,” Clark said. “If we can walk out of this monster week at 6-2, I think we’re setting ourselves up nicely for the rest of the season.”

Girls soccer:

After a rough start to the season, the Port Allegany girls soccer team picked up its first win on Monday night, dropping Smethport 5-2 on the Hubbers’ home turf to reclaim the ‘Ten Mile Trophy.’ Somer Buchsenschutz tallied a hat trick to take over the Gators’ scoring lead from fellow sophomore Lynae Delacour, who made her presence known with a goal and two assists, and Jessica Achar added a goal and an assist to cap the scoring.

“She controlled the middle and became a very dangerous player,” Port coach Travis Cowburn wrote of Delacour. “They have to respect somebody who has speed, control and the ability to score from anywhere. She and Somer are developing into a fine tandem.”

Laura Fox stopped four shots to pick up her first win in the Gator net, while Cowburn noted that sisters Cheyenne and Erika Helo “anchored the defense.”

“They are learning to work so well together and it takes the pressure off the other girls. I appreciate their maturity with and without the ball,” he wrote. “The mid-field play of Gabrielle Drabert and McKenna Johnson dictated the flow of the game from the outside in and opened up Lynae to do her thing. Very proud of all. I was especially proud of the bench players. They were able to do what I asked of them in sparing minutes.”

After making the long trip south to Brockway for a Thursday-evening game, the Gators (1-4) return home for an 11 a.m. kick against Kane on Saturday before heading to Elk County twice next week for matches against Ridgway and Saint Marys.

Golf:

With the local high school golf season underway, the teams from Port Allegany are once again hitting the road for every practice round and match. Those circumstances present a significant challenge, but even if team success is tough to come by, coaches Bob Raudenbush and Dave Roae are both still intent on continuing to teach the game.

Zach Austin is the only returning letterman on the boys’ squad, joined by fellow senior Devin Baker and newcomers Bryce Stahlman and Michael Ernst (both juniors), sophomore Alex Dynda, and freshman Andrew Rosenswie.

“We have many challenges to overcome this year,” Raudenbush wrote, “but the boys are working hard at Pine View Driving Range and look forward to improving each week.”

Junior Debby Andrus is the lone letterwinner back for the girls, with seniors Kira Nolder and Lindsay Howard and junior Kaitlyn Donnelly joining the team this year.

“She’s definitely the leader of the team,” Roae said of Andrus, who carded a team-best 56 in Monday’s 36-18 loss at Coudersport. “My other three girls are new to the sport – basically the first time they’ve been out on the course was our first match. So this year is basically a teaching and learning year due to the lack of experience. But the girls have progressed well and they’re working hard; we’ve had three or four matches now and their scores are gradually coming down. So we’re not really looking to win a lot of matches this year, but I’m looking for the girls to keep getting better and trying to lower their scores.

“Especially for girls, golf is such a great sport, and a sport they can take with them for the rest of their lives. They can play it now, and they can play it when they’re 80.”

PAHS Sports Briefs: 8/31 – 9/4

Boys Soccer:

Three games into the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League season, it looks like Scotty Brookens and his Port Allegany Gators are picking up right where they left off.

Brookens, already Port’s all-time leading scorer with 36 goals after his junior season, netted seven more as Port advanced to the championship game of the Galeton Tournament on Saturday, then overwhelmed Ridgway 7-1 in Tuesday’s UASVL opener.

On Saturday, the Gators downed Williamson 4-0 in their first game, with Brookens recording the hat trick, Tyler Kittilson adding a goal, and Ben Edgell making 12 stops to earn the shutout. That sent them into the title game against Northeast Bradford, with the Panthers claiming the crown 3-0 despite nine saves from Edgell.

“A mixed day,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “The first game, it took us a while to get going – the tournament really is just there to help us knock some of the rust off a bit. The first game, overall, we were pleased with. We actually left a few goals on the field; we lost a lot of opportunities. But overall, the real concern had been the defense, and in the first game the defense played well. Even in the second game with a 3-0 score, the defense still did very well. Ben Edgell played great. He kept us in the second game almost single-handedly. So it was a positive weekend. We were able to kind of walk out of there with some confidence, and trust that we have a solid team.”

That confidence carried over into Tuesday’s home opener, with the Gators cruising to a comfortable win over the Elkers. Brookens added four more tallies to the school record,with Kittilson (2) and Rudy Collver also finding the back of the net and Edgell stopping five shots to pick up his second win.

“It was a slow start for a bit,” Clark said. “Ridgway played tough for the first 10 minutes, but we were eventually able to wear them down after a while. It’s just the very beginning of the league schedule, but we’re confident and hoping that we’re going to build up and just keep getting better. Three games in, the defense probably played their best game of the season so far. Everybody in front of Ben helped keep Ben clean. He didn’t have to do to much. With the exception of one slight defensive error that led to the goal that they scored, Ben really had to do very little for us.”

The Gators (2-1) play a non-league home game against Olean’s Archbishop Walsh at 4 p.m. Thursday, then embark on a four-game road swing next week to ECC, Brockway, Smethport, and Saint Marys.

Girls Soccer:

The Port Allegany girls soccer team dropped a pair of games in last weekend’s season-opening Bradford Tournament, but the Gators didn’t go down without a fight against their hosts and an always-strong Portville side.

In what coach Travis Cowburn called a “fast-paced great game” in the opener, Port and Bradford played to a halftime 2-2 tie before the Class AA Owls managed to pull away in the second 40 minutes for a 4-3 win. Lynae Delacour netted a pair of goals and also assisted on a score by fellow sophomore Somer Buchsenschutz, while freshman Laura Fox made 14 saves for the Gators.

“We still have a lot to learn as I must keep changing things up to find the right combination of the newly constructed defense,” Cowburn wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus. “They are playing hard and we will improve steadily. The weather was very hot as both teams went down with cramps time and time again. I was very proud of their effort.”

A 10 o’clock start the next morning didn’t leave much time to recuperate for the young Gators or for Portville – the No. 1 seed in last year’s Section 6 Class C playoffs – who lost to Olean on penalty kicks Friday night. Nether team could solve the other’s defense in the first half, before the Panthers finally claimed a 2-0 victory on a pair of goals by Shawna Lowe.

“Our young defense has a lot to learn yet but seem to be quickly learning from the miscues being made,” Cowburn wrote. “Fitness is still the Achilles heel of the team as we tend to lose touch on the ball and become more spectators late in the game when we need it the most. Freshman goal keeper Laura Fox had another outstanding game with 10 saves. She is becoming a ‘rock’ back there and has stepped up to most of the challenges put before her. Midfielder McKenna Johnson and defender Cheyenne Helo are doing a tremendous job. Their leadership has helped the Gators raise a few eyebrows.”

After opening the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League schedule with a home match against Saint Marys on Wednesday, Port (0-2) travels to DuBois CC the following afternoon.

Volleyball:

The Port Allegany volleyball team didn’t lose a single match during the 2011 regular season, carrying a perfect 16-0 record into the District 9 championship round. Judging by early results, the Gators are going to be just as tough to beat this year, dropping just a single game in two non-league matches to open the season.

In Friday’s Gator-vs.-Gator showdown at Allegany-Limestone, Port jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then held on for a 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20) win.

“It’s always good to get that first win under your belt, and overall we played well,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus. “We have lots to work on, one of which is to speed up our offense and earn more points, quickly getting us to 25. Last night we relied on the opponent’s errors for too many of our points. We struggled getting the ball to our middles; fortunately Ashley Woodruff (16 kills, 11 digs) was hot and tallied some big points. Jenny Shelley (32 assists, 10 kills, 15 points) and Becca Lathrop (9 points, 4 kills, 2 1/2 blocks) both played a smart right side and scored on strategy. Defensively at the net, the girls were tough. Rachel Taylor (7 kills, 5 1/2 blocks), Brooke Roys (8 kills, 7 1/2 blocks) and Becca combined for 15 blocks to shut down Allegany’s offense.”

On Tuesday, the Gators cruised to a 25-2, 25-6, 25-15 straight-set victory over visiting Galeton. Shelley once again led the way with 19 points, 4 kills, and 17 assists, with Amber Naylor (14 points), Taylor (10 points, 4 kills, 2 blocks), and Woodruff (7 kills) also garnering mention.

“Good team win,” Daniels wrote. “All players contributed. We executed our offense better than last Friday evening. Serving was very effective.”

Port (2-0) has the rest of the week off before starting the North Tier League season at Northern Potter next Tuesday.

D-9 soccer quarterfinals: Northern Potter 5, Port A 4 (OT)

The kick by Matt Lehman sliced toward the left corner of the Gator net, curving through traffic … ticking off the post … and in.

And just like that, with 4:37 remaining in overtime, Lehman’s team-leading 13th goal of the year sent defending District 9 Class A soccer champ Northern Potter to a hard-fought 5-4 quarterfinal win over Port Allegany. After knocking off the fourth-seeded Gators (12-7) on their home turf, the No. 5 Panthers (11-7-1) advance to face either top seed Karns City or No. 9 Redbank Valley in next Tuesday’s semifinal round.

But with five minutes left in regulation, despite controlling the ball for most of the game, outshooting Port 25-18, and dominating corners by a 15-2 margin, it looked like NoPo might not even make it to overtime when Sam Kysor’s direct kick gave the Gators a late 4-3 lead. The Panthers kept the pressure on, though, and Lehman headed home Matt Morgan’s corner with just 2:07 left to set up the heartstopping – and in Port’s case, heartbreaking – finish.
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Boys soccer: Gators sink Dutchmen in UAVSL showdown

With frontrunners St. Marys and Port Allegany battling for the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League North Division championship, last Thursday’s meeting between the two teams didn’t disappoint. The Gators eked out a 2-1 victory to beat the Class AAA Dutchmen for the first time in school history – and, more importantly, take over the top spot in the division.

“We always set multi-tiered goals,” head coach Aaron Clark said. “Playoffs is always first, and then building on the playoff seed. We’ve never seriously talked about a league title. This is the first year we’ve ever made a push. Getting that lead in the league is probably bigger for us (than clinching a playoff berth), because we knew that we were going to make playoffs. That was just bound to happen. We were confident that if we kept going, we were going to get a good seed, probably a home playoff game if we keep winning. But I don’t know how many times we’re going to get a chance to win the league, so we’ve got to make a push for it now if we’re ever going to do it.”
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PAHS roundup: Almonacid on to regionals, soccer teams 3-0

Gator golfer Maximilano Almonacid carded a two-day total of 79-77-156 to place second at last week’s District 9 Championships, earning a trip to the PIAA Western Region qualifier on Oct. 18 at Toms Run Country Club in Blairsville.

The Port Allegany High School exchange student finished five strokes behind Bradford’s Josh Stauffer, who fired a 72-79-151 to win the district title at Pine Acres Country Club in Bradford, and six shots ahead of John Gaylor (Clearfield) and Calvin Christoff (Johnsonburg), who tied for third.

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It was a winning week for both Port Allegany soccer teams, with the boys notching a pair of shutouts while the girls defeated Kane to split the season series with the Wolves.

Scott Brookens continued his Big 30-leading pace with his 16th, 17th, and 18th goals of the season, finding the back of the net once in the Gators’ 6-0 victory over Johnsonburg and adding a pair in Monday’s 3-0 win at Bolivar-Richburg. Tyler Kittilson scored twice against the Rams, with Adam Koehler, Derek Johnson, and Sam Kysor rounding out the attack. Johnson also scored against B-R, the third game in a row for the senior.

Ben Edgell stopped three shots in each game to record the second and third consecutive shutouts for Port, now 8-4 on the season heading into Tuesday’s trip to Smethport, then Thursday’s showdown against visiting St. Marys.

The Gator girls’ freshman forwards came through again in their 5-3 win over Kane, with Lynae Delacour scoring twice and Somer Buchsenshutz once to tie for the team lead with five goals apiece. Erika Helo and McKenna Johnson also netted goals and Jordan Edgell made 10 saves for Port, which won its third game in the last four to improve to 4-7.

Last Thursday’s game at DuBois Catholic was postponed until Oct. 8, with the return match scheduled for Oct. 20.

Gators’ soccer season ends in OT

The 10th-seeded Port Allegany boys soccer team gave Brookville all they wanted in Monday’s District 9 playoff game, forcing overtime before a direct kick from just outside the box gave the seventh-seeded Raiders the 3-2 win and a date at No. 2 Karns City later in the week.

“Overall, it was a back-and-forth game,” said Gators coach Aaron Clark. Brookville scored early, but Max Morris netted the equalizer on an assist from Ken Kysor, and Sam Shaffer put Port up 2-1 with help from Ben Osani and Scott Brookens before heavy Raider pressure led to the game-tying goal to send it to the extra session.

Sophomore Ben Edgell made six saves for the Gators, who conclude their season with an 8-9-2 record. While obviously disappointed with the outcome, Clark was pleased with his squad’s effort against the larger school, which competes in Class AA in most sports.

“If you’re not going to win, it’s nice to put a scare into the other team,” he chuckled.

And with Edgell and several other underclassmen gaining critical playoff experience – “it’s a different atmosphere, different intensity,” Clark noted – he’s looking toward the future.

“Even with some players leaving, I feel confident with some of the young players we have coming back,” he concluded.