Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant makes big strides in Section 1-AA

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A few weeks ago, Mount Pleasant was battling for a playoff spot.

Now, the Vikings have forced their way into the Section 1-AA title picture as the season nears its climax.

After opening the season 2-2 in section play with losses to Derry and Burrell, the Vikings (9-4, 8-2) have won six-straight section games, avenging both losses in the process.

They're now tied with Indiana for first place in the section and a one-half game up on Southmoreland.


Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant catches Burrell as playoff picture in Section 1-AA grows cloudy

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Mount Pleasant (7-4, 6-2) fought its way into a tie with Burrell (7-4, 6-2) for second place in Section 1-AA after a pair of impressive wins over Derry and Valley by a combined score of 15-1.

Now, the Vikings face a pivotal match-up with the Bucs at home on Thursday.

Burrell defeated Mount Pleasant earlier on Sept. 16 by a score of 3-1. The Bucs have defeated the Vikings in five of their last six encounters.

Southmoreland, meanwhile, will be eagerly watching the scoreboard this week as they sit at 6-3 in section play, only a half-game behind Burrell and Mount Pleasant.


Girls Soccer: Freshman leading the way for Mount Pleasant

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Freshman Ally Bloom has bloomed early in her high school varsity career. She has emerged as one of the top goal scorers for the Mount Pleasant girls soccer team and one of the top scorers in Section 1-AA. The freshman striker scored two goals in a big 5-0 non-section win at Class AAA Thomas Jefferson. In section play she did not slow down. She scored a hat trick on the road at Derry Area in a 5-0 win. Bloom has not been the only one scoring. Eileen Brady, Anna Billey and Lexi Salopek also scored in the win at TJ. Goalie Courtney Zelmore has pitched three shutouts this season. The Vikings are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Section 1-AA, chasing Yough (4-0-1, 3-0). They have a big section matchup at home Monday against Southmoreland (2-1, 1-1). Southmoreland was the only team in the section to defeat Yough last season.


Alumni Updates - Eric Hauser (Thiel)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. – Six former Tomcats were named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) 60th anniversary men's soccer team Tuesday.

Representing Thiel on the 60th anniversary men's soccer team were: Rory Duncan, Eric Hauser, Evan Knox, Jeremy Rotzell, Chad Swisher and Nikola Vasilev.

Hauser, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, was a talented defender for the Tomcats. He was also a factor on the offensive side of the ball, posting 19 points and scoring eight goals during his career. He earned a pair of All-PAC selections, being named to the second team as a freshman (2001) and to the honorable mention team as a senior (2004).



Alumni Update - Mindy Hall (Waynesburg)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its annual preseason women's tennis poll, which was voted upon by the league's head coaches, on Monday. Waynesburg University was picked to place fourth out of the nine conference programs.

The Yellow Jackets, which posted a fourth-place PAC record of 6-3 in 2013 (11-4 overall), garnered 48 total points from the coaches. Last year's conference champions from Westminster and perennial league power house Grove City tied for top honors in the poll with 75 points each. The two teams split the nine first-place votes, with the Titans taking five of them, and GCC claiming the other four. Saint Vincent College was predicted to take the number-three slot (63 points).

On the same day that the poll was released, the conference also unveiled its 60th anniversary team, which celebrates the PAC's organization in 1955.

Mindy Hall, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, is one of only two Waynesburg women to claim an individual PAC title, which she won in 2003 at number-two singles. She added a pair of second-team All-PAC laurels while playing number-one singles and number-one doubles in 2005.