Westmoreland campus clippings: Ralph back in net for Penn State Behrend
Chris Ralph has been stellar protecting the net for the Penn State Behrend men’s soccer team. His abilities have left opponents looking for ways to get around him.
The bad news for those adversaries is that Ralph is back for more.
Ralph, the Lions’ junior goalkeeper, was tabbed the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
A Franklin Regional graduate, he allowed just 13 goals in 20 games last season and had a league-best goals-against average of 0.72.
He is the reigning AMCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Behrend, which finished 16-5-1 last year and made the second round of the ECAC Tournament and the AMCC finals, are No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll.
Ralph (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) is a two-time All-AMCC and all-region first-team pick. He is 28-5-4 in his college career and has surrendered 25 goals in 38 games.
Junior midfielder Orazio Barbarino’, a native of Moscow, Russia, scored in the 86th minute to give the Bobcats their first win of the season, 1-0, over Bluffton.
Despite going 0-2 in the season-opening Frostburg State Tournament, the Bearcats had three players make the all-tournament team in senior midfielders Zach D’Amico (Mt. Pleasant) and Ian Herzing, and freshman defender Cameron Yoder.
Senior linebacker Seth Warburton (Greensburg Central Catholic) had six tackles and forced two fumbles in a 40-19 loss to Rensselaer Poly Tech.
Junior linebacker Brett Zanotto (Franklin Regional) tied a team high with seven tackles in the Dukes’ 45-0 win over Lock Haven.
Junior Michael Pifer (Penn-Trafford) made his first collegiate start at long snapper in the Midshipmen’s season opener at Hawaii.
Junior wide receiver Tim Vecchio (Penn-Trafford) caught six passes for 60 yards, including a touchdown, in the Colonials’ 49-28 loss to Dayton.
Sophomore forward Lexie Kolano (Norwin) scored her first goal of the season, and sophomore defender Riley Watt (Penn-Trafford) assisted another as Akron downed Youngstown State, 6-0. Kolano is a transfer from Cincinnati.
Sophomore Kellie Lynch (Greensburg Salem) scored her first college goal in the Vulcans’ 3-1 loss at Millersville.
Senior Casey Aunkst (Penn-Trafford) scored the lone goal in the Dukes’ 1-0 win over Binghamton. The score was a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. It was the fourth goal of her college career.
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.