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Girls soccer remains undefeated

The Lady Falcons soccer team remains undefeated after four games with a thrilling second half comeback against Kent Roosevelt on Aug. 26. Katlyn Klasic opened the scoring to give the Falcons a one goal lead midway through the first half. Kent Roosevelt responded with two goals of their own to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. The Falcons fell victim to an unfortunate red card and were left trailing 2-1 and forced to play with only 10 players for most of the second half. With the scales tilted against them, the team came together for an inspired performance to finish the match. Riley Galloway tied the match (assist Abby Knight) at the midpoint of the second half and Katlyn Klasic scored on a late penalty kick to give the Falcons the victory. The Falcons improve to 3-0-1. In junior varsity action, the Falcons remain undefeated and unscored upon in four matches. Sylvia Direnzo is credited with the game winning goal from an Ashley Givens corner kick. Kristin Yeager and Elizabeth Jadue tacked on two more goals to extend the lead to 3-0. Jocelyn Gabriel, Lucy Vitullo and Alaina Protopapa combined for five saves to seal the team’s fourth shutout.

Girls cross country opens season at Salem Invitational

The Austintown girls cross country team opened up the season with an eighth place finish at the Salem Memorial Park Invitational on Aug. 24. Leading the way for the Falcons include Kristin Yeager (sophomore), Alyssa Ruggles (sophomore), Gretchen George (sophomore), Trinity Niznik (junior), Julia Mahan (senior), Milla Riffle-Crogan (freshman) and Sophia Senediak (sophomore).

Girls soccer maintains undefeated seaon

The Lady Falcons girls varsity soccer team remained undefeated on Aug. 24 with a tie with Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Their current season record is 2-0-1. CVCA converted a penalty kick to take an early first half lead. The Falcons’ Abby Knight returned the gesture with a penalty kick goal of her own in the second half to tie the match at a goal a piece. Kristen Klaus made 12 saves in goal to secure the second half shutout and preserve the tie. The Falcons junior varsity team improved to 3-0 with a 7-0 victory and their third shutout of the year. Mya Kaschak led the scoring with three goals (assists by Joarismar Mendez and Miranda Sherwood). Also scoring for the Falcons were Ashley Givens, who was assisted by Raegan McNally. Givens later returned the favor and assisted a Raegan McNally goal. Cassidy Claypoole (Mya Kaschak assist) and Kristin Yeager finished off the scoring. Jocelyn Gabriel, Lucy Vitullo and Alaina Protopapa shared time in the net and holding CVCA scoreless.

Fitch volleyball defeats Jefferson

The Fitch volleyball team beat Jefferson in three sets on Aug. 26 (25-13, 25-17 and 25-14). Top players for Fitch were Emma Bartlett with 23 assists and three kills, Jocelyn Jourdan with six kills and two blocks, Ella Sahli with 12 digs and three aces, and Alyssa Leskovac with six aces and five kills.

Varsity volleyball victorious over East Liverpool

The girls varsity volleyball team opened up against East Liverpool and won in four sets. Top players for the Falcons were Emma Bartlett with 37 assists and 12 digs, Chelsie wheeler with 14 kills and two blocks, Cate Maguire with seven kills and two blocks, Ella Sahli with 13 digs and Alyssa Leskovac with 13 digs, five kills and three aces.

Girls soccer defeats North Canton Hoover

On Aug. 21, the Lady Falcons soccer team defeated North Canton Hoover in their home opener by a score of 3-2. Abby Knight opened the scoring early by converting a penalty kick in the fifth minute of the match. The Vikings tied the match on a corner kick goal but the Falcons took a halftime lead with a Bailey Baker goal (assist Katlyn Klasic). Riley Galloway had an unassisted goal early in the second half that ended up being the game winner. Hoover capitalized on a late penalty kick to bring the final score to 3-2. The Falcons junior varsity squad earned their second shutout with a 6-0 win over Niles McKinley. Bailey Baker opened the scoring with an assist from Raegan McNally. McNally followed the assist with two goals of her own (assists Miranda Sherwood and Gretchen George). Mya Kaschak also found the back of the net twice (assists Raegan McNally and Elizabeth Jadue). Sylvia Direnzo scored by converting a penalty kick.

Girls soccer claims victory

The Austintown Lady Falcons girls varsity soccer team opened their season on the road on Aug. 19 at Uniontown Lake High School and came away with a 1-0 victory. Marissa Gartland finished a loose corner kick ball with less than a minute to go in the opening half and the defense held the Blue Streaks scoreless for 80 minutes. Goalkeepers Lucy Vitullo (one save) and Kristen Klaus (three saves) combined for the shutout. The Falcons junior varsity squad won their match 4-0 with a pair of first half goals by Raegan McNally (assists by Mya Kaschak and Moira George) and goals by Jocelyn Gabriel and Cassidy Claypoole in the second half. The Falcons controlled possession and added a strong defensive effort to maintain the shutout with Jocelyn Gabriel and Alaina Protopapa splitting time in the net.