- Grove City, Pennsylvania


November 7, 2011

Allied News local college sports

MERCER COUNTY AREA — ä Grove City College women’s soccer team dropped a recent 2-0 decision to 2nd-seeded Thomas More in the PAC Tournament semis at Bank of Kentucky Field.

Thomas More (11-4-1), which advanced to today’s championship match, took  a 1-0 lead at 12:04 when Lauren Wietmarschen scored, assisted by Sam Work, then doubled its lead at 80:03 on Emily Sanker’s score. Thomas More outshot No. 3 Grove City (10-7-2) 20-9, and had 5 corner kicks and Grove City 3. In goal, Tiffany Yost stopped 8 shots.

Grove City will await a possible berth in next week’s Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

ä Grove City College men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to 2nd-seeded Geneva Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

Geneva (13-4-2) broke a scoreless tie at 78:03 when Jeb Nash scored his sixth goal of the season. He scored after receiving a cross from Austin Petrie.

For No. 3 seed Grove City (12-5-1), sophomore goalkeeper Caleb Koch stopped 5 shots, including 4 in the 2nd half. Geneva owned a 14-6 edge in shots. The Tornadoes outshot Grove City 11-2 in the 2nd half. Geneva also had a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

Grove City will await a possible invitation to next week’s ECAC Championship Tournament.


SRU senior linebacker Jake Wickline was named as a recipient of a Beyond Sports College Network Div. II Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in The Rock’s come-from-behind 28-21 win over Mercyhurst last Saturday at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium in Slippery Rock.

The honor came Monday, one day after Wickline had earned his second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division Defensive Player of the Week award.

Wickline’s performance last Saturday played a major role in The Rock victory, which assured SRU of at least a share of the PSAC-West championship and locked up a berth in the PSAC championship game.

Wickline, a Beaver Falls native and Riverside High School graduate, recorded a team-high 14 tackles, intercepted two passes and recorded one tackle for loss in the game. His second INT came at The Rock 7-yard line with 0:20 left to play in the game and snuffed out a last-minute comeback effort by the defending conference champions. He also picked off a pass on Mercyhurst’s first drive of the second half with the score tied at 14-14.

Wickline is The Rock's leading tackler this fall with 70 total tackles. He also ranks second in tackles for loss with 8.5 (-25 yards) and has one quarterback sack (-8 yards), three interceptions (40 yards in returns), two passes broken up and one fumble forced and one fumble recovery.

The Rock takes an 8-1 overall record and 6-0 PSAC-West mark into their final division game of the season today at Gannon University in Erie. Kickoff is set for noon.

A Rock victory today or a California loss to Edinboro would assure SRU of its first outright PSAC-West title since 1999. The Rock has already assured itself of their first division title since 2000, when they shared the crown with Clarion and Indiana, and their first appearance in “The State Game” since 1974.

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