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Eagle Football Team Improves to 3-0 Record with 48-21 Victory

(Posted September 23, 2002)

FOOTBALL (3-0, 2-0 MAC); Sept. 28, at Wilkes*
*MAC game.
The Juniata football team improved their record to 3-0 on the strength of a convincing 48-21 victory over MAC foe Albright. The Eagles raced out to 28-point first half lead on the strength of three touchdowns by running back Craig Moshier (Coudersport/Coudersport). Moshier, who had more than 100 yards rushing in the first half, scored twice on the ground, including a season-long 43-yard scamper, and once in the air on a reception from quarterback Greg Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale). One of the touchdowns was the result of a fumble forced by Fred Taber (Calvert Hall College/Bel Air, Md.) and a recovery by Matt Wharton (Cambria Heights/Dysart) who returned the ball to the Albright 13. That led to Juniata's second score, coming on the first touchdown catch of the season for senior Nate Leach (Shade/Central City), and the Eagles added two more to move ahead 28-0. Albright responded with two scoring drives of their own, but a missed field goal near the end of the first half slowed the Tiger's momentum. Juniata went into the half leading 28-14 after amassing 356 yards of offense in the first half. Albright totaled 254 yards through two quarters. The second half saw both defenses play with more effectiveness. Two field goals by Juniata's Dusty Lehr (Bermudian Springs/New Oxford) were the only points either team managed in the third quarter. Juniata moved ahead 41-14 on another touchdown pass from Troutman to Leach. Back-up quarterback Jon Collins (Lewistown/Lewistown) scored his first-career touchdown on a 33-yard run to give Juniata its final score. Moshier finished his day with 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns, two running one receiving. Troutman threw for 276 yards on 21-50 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Leach grabbed nine passes for a season-high 133 yards and two scores. Defensively, the Eagles forced seven turnovers, and had 12 tackles for loss. Stephen Parsons (Beaver Falls/Beaver Falls) led the way with 11 tackles. Jason Stouffer (Newport/Newport), and Peter Thomas (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) also reached double-figures in tackles with 10 apiece. Taber had seven tackles, six of them for a loss including a career-high four sacks. Paul Evans (Huntingdon/Huntingdon) had two interceptions and Aaron Snair (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) picked off a pass and recovered a fumble.

MEN'S SOCCER (3-3-1, 1-1 Commonwealth): Sept. 28 at Bridgewater, Va.
*Commonwealth Conference match.
The Juniata men?s soccer team posted a perfect 2-0 week including a victory over Commonwealth Conference foe, and regionally ranked Moravian. The Eagles went on the road and topped Moravian, the eighth-ranked team in the mid-Atlantic region according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. Senior Nick Wolfe (McConnellsburg/McConnellsburg) scored both goals in the 2-0 victory. Nathan Ayres (Clearfield/Clearfield) and Chris Kearney (George C. Marshal/Vienna, Va.) had the assists, and senior goalkeeper Chris Zimmerman (Westmont Hilltop/Johnstown) had 18 saves in preserving the shutout. The week also saw the men top Lycoming at home by a 1-0 score. Wolfe recorded the only goal in that victory as well, this time assisted by Robert Bowser (Dallastown/York). Zimmerman stopped seven shots in the victory. Wolfe's three goals during the week gives him four on the season, and 22 for his career moving him into fifth place on Juniata's all-time career goals list. With one more goal, he will move into a tie for fourth place.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (3-4-1, 0-2 Commonwealth): Sept. 26 vs. Lycoming; Sept. 29, at Pitt-Bradford.
* Commonwealth Conference Match.
The Eagles lost two matches this week, 3-1 to Seton Hill and 2-0 to Moravian. The lone goal of the week came from Kim Campanero (North Arlington/North Arlington, N.J.). It was Campanero's first goal of the season. The assists came from Nikki McLellan (Parkland/Hanover) and Erin Harter (Penn Trafford/Trafford). Despite the two goals against Moravian, Kira Troutman (Line Mountain/Valley View) made 11 saves.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (3-4, 2-2 Commonwealth): Sept. 25, at Penn State-Altoona; Sept. 26 vs. Messiah*; Sept. 28, vs. Elizabethtown*. * Commonwealth Conference Match.
The Eagles went 2-1 on the week including a tight 5-4 on the road over Commonwealth foe Albright. The Eagles also topped Penn State-Altoona 5-4 to start the week. The team?s only loss came against Lebanon Valley 6-3. Freshman Lindsey Dipaola (Cumberland Valley Mechanicsburg) continued her strong play at No. 3 singles, going 2-1 in singles matches and 2-1 in doubles competition. The Eagles topped Albright despite losing two out of three doubles matches, but Ann Shetter (Chambersburg/Chambersburg) won her doubles match with partner Jen Thompson (Pittsford Mendon/Pittsford, N.Y.) and then won her singles match to break the 4-4 tie and give Juniata the win. Senior Liz Osche (Acton-Boxborough/Acton, Mass.) went 2-1 in singles competition for the week and was also 2-1 in doubles action.

CROSS COUNTRY: Sept. 28 at Roanoke Invitational.
The men's and women's cross-country teams were in action at the Elizabethtown Invitational this weekend. The meet was the first opportunity for the Eagles to see several of their Commonwealth Conference foes. The women placed seventh in the 10-team field, while the men came in eighth out of nine teams. Michele Palmer (Littlestown/Littlestown) turned in the top performance for the Juniata women, as she covered the course in 25:47, good for 25th place. For the men, Will Cantara (West Branch/Allport) led the way finishing 30th with a time of 30:29.

WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY (4-3, 0-1 Commonwealth): Sept. 26 at Lock Haven; Sept. 28 vs. Houghton.
The Eagles lost their only match of the week when they fell 4-3 to conference opponent Elizabethtown. After falling behind 2-0, the Eagles rallied back on the strength of goals by Marie Lobaugh (Biglerville/Aspers) and Jean Silvey (Red Lion/Airville). Elizabethtown responded with two goals of their own, and a late goal from Billie Rickenbaugh (East Juniata/McAlisterville) was not enough to complete the comeback. Rickenbaugh had the assists on the first two Juniata goals, and Lobaugh assisted on the final goal. The Eagles outshot Elizabethtown 13-10.

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