Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Alex Catozella

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Name: Alex Catozella
High School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background Info: Vincentian junior goalkeeper Alex Catozella sustained a back injury that almost forced him to miss the season. Catozella was unable to play in net this season because of his back but with his ball skills and talent, coach Mike Haberman sought other opportunities for his junior.


Boys Soccer: Vincentian closes section play perfect with near-perfect defense

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The bar was set extremely high in Mike Haberman's first season as head coach of the Vincentian boys soccer team last year. The Royals went unbeaten in 10 section games while only conceding one goal. Matching that, let alone trying to surpass it, would be difficult this year with seven new starters including two freshmen defenders and a new goalie.

Defensively, the team matched the 2013 performance of only conceding one goal in ten section games and as a team they improved on the 9-0-1 record from a year ago by finishing section play a perfect 10-0. Vincentian capped off the perfect Section 2-A season last Thursday by edging Aquinas Academy 1-0. The win gave the Royals the outright section title, the perfect section record and a good argument for a top seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

Vincentian was 15-2 overall entering its regular-season finale against Beaver County Christian on Tuesday. Its only losses came 2-1 to Serra Catholic and 2-1 at Class AAA Pine-Richland.


Girls Soccer: Vincentian clinging to third place in Section 3-A

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If the regular season ended today, Vincentian would be in the WPIAL playoffs. The regular season does not end today but the Royals can still punch their playoff ticket by picking up two results in their remaining section contests Monday and Wednesday. Seton-LaSalle (9-4-1) and Sewickley Academy (8-3-2, 8-2-2) are vying for the section title and will likely take the top two spots in the section. Behind them is a two-team race for the third and final playoff spot between Vincentian (8-5-2, 7-3-2) and Carlynton (8-3-2, 7-3-2). The Royals close out the season against Eden Christian (0-13, 0-12) and Seton-LaSalle on Monday and Wednesday respectively while Carlynton has Seton-LaSalle and Bishop Canevin (6-5-2, 4-5-1) on Monday and Wednesday. Vincentian owns a 1-0-1 series advantage over Carlynton this season.


Cross Country: Vincentian's Abdalah continues to make an impact

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Vincentian's Marianne Abdalah raced the 22nd Carlisle Invitational last Saturday. The sophomore came out of the gate running as a freshman last year, and hasn't stopped.

Abdalah placed second overall with a time of 18 minutes, 10 seconds at Carlisle. Cumberland Valley's Mady Clahane cut the tape in 17:54.

This isn't Abdalah's first victory of the season. She also won the Slippery Rock Invitational on Sept. 13. She hopes to defend her PIAA Class A title in November.


Alumni Update - Ryan Archer (Carnegie Mellon)

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CARLISLE, Pa. – The Carnegie Mellon University men's cross country team traveled to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for the DickinsonArcher CM College Long-Short Invitational on Saturday, September 20. The Tartans finished fourth in the long race (8k) and third in the short race (4k) as host Dickinson won the 8k and Division II Lock Haven won the 4k. The long race had 36 teams while the short race had 35.

In the 8k, sophomore Ryan Archer, a Vincentian Academy graduate, finished 13th overall in 26:28.26.


(photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University)