Gateway grad fares well in 1st season with West Liberty soccer
Allie Warsaw, a 2014 Gateway graduate, had a productive first season as a true freshman goalkeeper on the West Liberty State women’s soccer team.
She appeared in 14 of her team’s 16 games with 13 starts.
Warsaw posted a 6-5-2 mark in those 13 starts. In her one game as a sub, she played the second half and allowed no goals while making two saves in a West Liberty 1-0 loss to Shepherd.
Her final win of the season came in a huge rematch game against Shepherd (W.Va.) on Oct. 29.
Warsaw allowed one first-half goal, but she made 10 total saves and kept Shepherd off the board the rest of the way in a 2-1 overtime victory.
The win kept West Liberty’s postseason hopes in the Division II Mountain East Conference alive and kept Shepherd from clinching a playoff spot.
West Virginia Wesleyan upended West Liberty, 2-0, in the conference and regular-season finale.
West Liberty ended its season 6-7-3 overall and 6-6-2 in conference play.
Warsaw allowed 15 goals and made 66 saves in 1,288 minutes of field time.
SRU football ends season in NCAA playoffs
Gateway graduate Cody Conway led the Slippery Rock University football team with nine total tackles in Saturday’s NCAA Division II first-round playoff game against West Chester.
However, The Rock, the 2014 PSAC champions, were not able to get past West Chester in a 46-20 loss.
Slippery Rock finished the 2014 season at 9-3 for the second straight year.
Conway started the game at defensive end. Fellow Gators graduate Avery Anderson started at nose guard, and he also had a strong game with seven total tackles.
Sophomore Mileak Ford Jr., another Gateway graduate, saw action against West Chester.
Slippery Rock played without its normal starting quarterback, and a couple of other key starters were lost to injury at different points of Saturday’s loss to West Chester.
It was a tough end of the season for Conway, Anderson, Ford and the rest of the team’s players, who had upended previously unbeaten Bloomsburg, 28-26, for the PSAC title on Nov. 15.
Bloomsburg also was ranked fifth in the nation by the American Football Coaches Association and sixth by D2football.com.
The championship was the 10th outright league title for Slippery Rock. Conway and Anderson both started that game, and Ford also played in the game.
Conway made five tackles, while Anderson tallied four stops.
Conway finished the season sixth on the team with 56 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. He has 90 total tackles over two seasons with The Rock.
Anderson added 42 tackles and two sacks for 2014, and he has 55 tackles in 29 games over three seasons.
Kerri Inzinga, a Gateway graduate and senior midfielder on the Westminster College women’s soccer team, is an All-Presidents Athletics Conference Honorable Mention selection for the 2014 season.
She finished tied for 10th in the PAC in goals scored with seven. The total, a career high for goals in a season, was a three-way tie for most on the Titans squad.
Inzinga also had three assists to go with her seven goals. Two of the goals were game winners, and she converted on the team’s lone penalty kick of the season.
For her Westminster career, Inzinga played in 77 games, made 61 starts, scored 11 goals and added seven assists.
Westminster concluded it season with a 14-4-2 overall record and a PAC record of 7-2. Its 14 wins marked the most since 2008.
The Titans made it to the PAC semifinals where they fell to Grove City on penalty kicks, 7-6, after playing to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime.
All-PAC football teams announced
A pair of Gateway graduates — Thiel senior center Jason Crystol and Westminster freshman defensive back Todd Jeter — have earned All-President Athletic Conference football honors.
Crystol earned another first-team selection, while Jeter got the nod on the second team.
The Tomcats’ lone first-team pick, Crystol also was a first-team All-PAC selection in 2013 and a second-team honoree in 2012.
He made 29 career starts along the offensive line, including all 10 this season as Thiel went 4-6 overall and 3-5 in league play.
The Tomcats captured the Mercer Cup on Nov. 15 with a 42-21 victory over Grove City.
Crystol was one of several seniors to be recognized on senior day against Washington & Jefferson on Nov. 8.
He also has been selected to play in the D3 Senior Classic at noon Dec. 20 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Jeter was tied for sixth in the conference out of all defensive backs with 58 tackles, an average of 5.8 per game.
He was seventh in the PAC with 11 passes defended and tied for eighth in the league with two fumbles forced.
Jeter also had three interceptions.
Westminster finished the season 4-6 overall and 4-4 in the PAC. The four conference victories were the most since 2011.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].