Penn-Trafford notebook: Hershberger scores twice as field hockey team opens with win

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Sunday, September 4, 2022 | 11:01 AM


Penn-Trafford’s field hockey team opened the season with a 4-2 victory against Peters Township on Aug. 30.

Ava Hershberger scored two goals and added an assist on Ella Morocco’s goal.

Early in the fourth quarter, Megan McBarron scored off a reset.

Golfers bounce back after loss

The Warriors golf team bounced back to defeat Norwin, 192-202, after a Section 1-3A loss at Latrobe.

Nick Turowski shot a 2-under par 34 in the loss at Latrobe Country Club.

Turowski led the Warriors against the Knights with a 1-under 34. David Newsom shot a 37 and Jackson Kerrigan a 38.

The team dropped a 194-197 nonsection match to Plum at Willowbrook Country Club on Aug. 30.

Warrior boys snag win

Goals by Ben Luchs, Jacob McClintock and Daniel Carr carried Penn-Trafford boys soccer to a 3-0 Section 4-3A victory against Latrobe.

Penn-Trafford is 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the section.

It opened the season with two nonsection losses at the Pine-Richland Tournament.

Netters defeat Norwin

Singles wins by freshman Mia Williams, junior Lauren Burkley and senior Kaia Conte helped Penn-Trafford’s girls tennis team to a 3-2 victory against Norwin.

The section singles tournament is slated for Sept. 14, at Franklin Regional.

Girls soccer falls to Franklin Regional

Senior winger Natalie Ribar scored off a direct kick from deep in the far corner of the end zone in the fourth minute and Franklin Regional (2-0, 1-0) held its ground the rest of the way for a 1-0 victory over Penn-Trafford in the Section 3-3A girls soccer opener Aug. 31. Penn-Trafford (1-1, 1-1), which moved down from Class 4A this season, did have some quality chances during the game but was unable to connect.

Sophomore defender Eden Williams sent the kick into a crowd in front of the net, and Ribar toed it and zinged a shot right of diving Warriors keeper Rease Solomon for a 1-0 lead.

Penn-Trafford pressed down the stretch in the second half and as a result managed two corner kicks and a free kick inside the final minute. But the Panthers and junior keeper Aris Lamanna (3 saves) did not waver.

“Their corner kick was a letdown for us, but I thought we really battled,” Penn-Trafford coach Jimmy Mastroianni said. “Our girls fought hard until the end. Franklin Regional is a tough team.”

Penn-Trafford, which had five shots on net, played four of its nine freshmen.

The teams used the game as a platform to raise money for 6-year-old Liam Lavelle, who has had multiple surgeries following a lawnmower accident in July that resulted in the amputation of his feet.

Proceeds from the “Kick It For A Cause” will go to the family.

Lavelle has earned the nickname “The Lion.”

Emelie Oslosky, Alexis Brown and Jessie Gadagno each scored two goals for the Warriors in an 8-0 victory over Penn Hills.

Staff writer Bill Beckner Jr. contributed.

Paul Schofield is a TribLive reporter covering high school and college sports and local golf. He joined the Trib in 1995 after spending 15 years at the Daily Courier in Connellsville, where he served as sports editor for 14 years. He can be reached at pschofield@triblive.com.

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