Saegertown soccer primed for playoffs

by Sheena Byham, sports editor

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Saegertown boys huddle during a recent game.

 

The Saegertown Panthers soccer team has started its season strong. Over the summer, the team struggled to find a head coach who was willing to take on the mantle. Alex Escalante, who was previously the assistant coach, stepped up and filled the position. One of his first initiatives was to increase team numbers with boys from Maplewood, Cambridge, and Saegertown.

The boys started the preseason with a 6-0 win over over CASH. Their record is currently 4-10 including a thrilling win over rival team, the Meadville Bulldogs. The boys have not let their losses define them, and they rallied to beat Eisenhower 6-1 on Sept. 24. “Our players are connecting off the field, but sometimes we have a little difficulty getting it together when the pressure rises,” said Logan Bill, one of the senior captains from Cambridge. “I feel that we have a chance in the playoffs if we take it seriously and focus. I hope that we can really get our passing and finishing down, so we can score easier and with more accuracy.”

The Panthers are progressing as the season continues. Coach Escalante said: “The team is good, but surely improving.” Escalante has put effort into substituting top scorer Iain Scott (who graduated last year) with senior Ainsley Kissel from Cambridge and Saegertown junior Andy Rockwell in the offense. “The season had a rough start because we had such little time to practice and get to know new players,” said Escalante. He has high hopes for the team and anticipates the boys will be playing more cohesively by playoffs.  

They Panthers will be in action again against Seneca tomorrow, Oct. 11, at French Creek Valley School at 4 p.m. 

Boys Soccer Springs into Semifinals

By Cutter’b Pritchard, sports editor

 

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Saegertown’s Jude Mattocks (1) and Griffin Hohn (7) celebrating the winning goal with a chest bump.

The Saegertown boys soccer team is making a run in the District 10 Class 3A playoffs. With a 2-0 win over the Meadville Bulldogs on Thursday, it led the squad to a head to head matchup against the Region 5 champion Fort LeBoeuf Bisons at General McLane yesterday. After a scoreless start, Cambridge Springs senior Griffin Hohn had a direct kick from 45 yards at the 24 minute. As Hohn kicked the ball towards the goal, teammate Iain Scott, Cambridge Springs junior, pressured the goalie by running towards him and distracting him, resulting in a goal for Saegertown.

 

“The defense stepped up and made some big plays,” said senior Jude Mattocks. “We came out and played our game and we knew this game was going to be a tough one.”

The rest of the match went scoreless, producing a 1-0 win for the Panthers. Mattocks summed up the game when he said, “We had lost to the Bisons two times earlier in the season 6-4 and 1-0, but we did not want to go down just yet. We played our hearts out.”

Their next match is the semifinal for District 10 Class 3A against the Cathedral Prep Ramblers at Veterans Stadium on November 3 at 5 p.m.