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Eagles Soccer Team Ends Season with Loss to Messiah

(Posted November 4, 2002)

MEN'S SOCCER (6-9-1, 2-5 Commonwealth):

Juniata closed out its season with a tough loss at Messiah. The Eagles battled the toughest team in the Commonwealth Conference, but could not come away with the victory. Chris Zimmerman (Westmont Hilltop/Johnstown) playing in his final collegiate game for the Eagles made 12 saves in the loss. This season saw Juniata make great strides in becoming a competitive force in the Commonwealth. The Eagles won two games in the conference, and lost two other conference matches by one goal. Seniors Nick Wolfe (McConnellsburg/McConnellsburg) and Joel Abe Archbishop Hoban/Akron, Ohio) led the Eagles in scoring with 16 and 13 points respectively.

WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY (13-7, 3-4 Commonwealth):
Juniata went 1-1 on the week finishing the season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Montclair State. The Eagles however could not top Lebanon Valley in their other match during the week, in a game that could have put the Eagles in the Commonwealth Conference play-offs. Despite out-shooting Lebanon16-10 the Eagles could not find the goal and fell 1-0. Juniata did recover, however one day later as the team topped Montclair State. Jess Hebel (Northern Lebanon/Grantville) scored the game-winning goal in the final match of her career to give Juniata the victory. Jean Silvey (Red Lion/Airville) assisted on the lone Juniata goal. Melonie Sappe' (Dallas/Shavertown) made 10 saves in the shutout victory. The Eagles set new program records for wins in a season with 13, and most goals in a game with 14 in a win over Washington & Jefferson.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (7-8-2, 1-6 Commonwealth):
The women's soccer team dropped both of its matches this week, to finish the season with a record of 7-8-2. The Eagles lost on the road against Messiah, and then dropped a hard-fought match against Elizabethtown at home. Kira Troutman (Line Mountain/Valley View) had seven saves in net for Juniata against Elizabethtown. The Eagles set a program record for wins in a season, and will return virtually their entire roster when they take to the field next season.

CROSS COUNTRY:

The men's and women's cross country teams competed at the MAC Championships this past weekend. The Eagle women finished eighth in the conference while the men came home in ninth place. Michele Palmer (Littlestown/Littlestown) paced the women as she finished 25th. Stefanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown) and Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) were next for Juniata, finishing 41st and 42nd respectively. For the men's side, Will Cantara (West Branch/Allport) led the unit with a 39th-place finish. Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York) was second for the Eagles.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (28-4, 7-0 Commonwealth): Nov. 6 Commonwealth Conference semis at Juniata; Nov. 9 Commonwealth Conference finals (if necessary).
*Commonwealth Conference match
Juniata faced its toughest Division III competition of the season and came away with a record of 1-2 at the Wittenberg quad national. The Eagles topped Mt. St. Joseph's in four games, 24-30, 30-23, 30-22 and 30-25, but lost to both the host school Wittenberg and No. 1 ranked Washington (Mo.) in five games. Both losses came by the slimmest of margins with Washington topping the Eagles, 21-30, 30-14, 30-23, 29-31, 15-13 and Wittenberg squeaking past Juniata by game scores of, 30-25, 26-30, 30-26, 29-31, 15-13. Niki Mueller (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) led the offense, totaling 48 kills in the three matches. Erin Wisor (Altoona/Altoona) had a season-high 20 kills against Mt. St. Joseph's, and had 47 kills for the weekend. Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, N.D.) continued to excel defensively for the Eagles as she racked-up 73 digs in the three matches. Luaren Beasley (Valencia/Valencia, Cal.) tossed in nine serve aces over the weekend as well. The weekend tournament capped Juniata's regular season. The Eagles will continue play this week in the Commonwealth Conference tournament. The semifinals will be on Wednesday and then if they win, the Eagles will host the finals on Saturday.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (1-0, 0-0 Commonwealth): Nov. 9 at Aracadia & Goucher
*Commonwealth Conference

The Eagles finished in fifth place at the MAC Relays this past weekend. Juniata's total of 88 points was 58 points behind the fourth-place team. Juniata had its strongest finishes in the 600-yard Freestyle Relay, where the team finished fourth, and a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard Medley Relay.

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