High School Sports: Penn Yan Boy's Soccer, Volleyball pick up wins

Gary Pinneo
The Penn Yan varsity girls’ soccer team playing against Waterloo. Far left is #10 Triana Burgos-Faman, center #5 Hannah Keech, and booting the ball is # 7 captain Emily Fingar

The Penn Yan Mustang volleyball and boy’s soccer teams picked up two wins last week while the Penn Yan Girls soccer team won one and lost one, the football team fell to Geneva, and Dundee Girl’s soccer fell to Naples.

Boy’s Soccer

Penn Yan 4 Waterloo 3

Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Mustangs traveled to Waterloo to take on the Indians. The Orange and Blue defeated the hometown Indians 4-3 in this contest. Derrick Riviello scored 2 goals and picked up an assist to lead the Mustangs. Robbie Wigsten and Fabian Martinez-Sanchez tallied goals in the second half for Penn Yan.

Penn Yan 6 Marcus Whitman 1

Penn Yan faced off against western neighbor Marcus Whitman in Gorham Sept. 8. It was a closely played match in the first half with Penn Yan holding a slight 2-1 lead. But the visiting Mustangs pulled away in the second half, scoring 4 unanswered goals enroute to a 6-1 win. Robbie Wigsten and Fabian Martinez-Sanchez scored 2 goals each. Alex Theismeyer and Brandon Smith also tallied goals. Austin Blumbergs and Derrick Riviello contributed 2 and 1 assist respectively.

Odessa-Montour 6, Dundee 1

Dundee’s Bobby Strait (Josh Kane) scored the Scotmen’s lone goal in a non-leauge game against Odessa-Montour Sept. 8.

Volleyball

The Penn Yan Mustang girls volleyball team tipped off their 2016 Finger Lakes East season with two victories.

Penn Yan 3 Midlakes 2

Tuesday was the first day of the new school year and the Orange and Blue net crew celebrated with a win. Penn Yan defeated Midlakes 3-2. The Eagles jumped out to a 2-game advantage winning the first two matches. But the Mustang girls stormed back, capturing the next three to pick up the 3-2 win. Emily Wunder recorded 24 kills and dished out 12 assists to pace the Penn Yan attack. Sydney Bloom added 7 kills and 4 aces.

The next afternoon, Penn Yan notched their 2nd win of the week, defeating Honeoye 3-0. Emily Wunder had 14 kills and 3 blocks in this contest. Brenna Voigt added 10 assists and 2 serve aces. Alyssa Callaway had 6 aces and 2 kills.

Penn Yan opens the new season with a perfect 2-0 record.

Football

Geneva 38 Penn Yan 20

The Penn Yan Mustangs traveled to Geneva on Friday night to play the Panthers at Loman field in a Finger Lakes East match. The football rivals always play each other tough. Penn Yan defeated Geneva in the first round of the Section V Class B tournament last fall. The Panthers won their first game, defeating Midlakes in overtime last Friday. Penn Yan dropped their home opener to East Rochester/Gananda.

The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and held off a Penn Yan comeback attempt en route to a 38-20 victory. The win improved Geneva’s league record to 2-0. The Mustangs fall to 0-2 with the loss.

Penn Yan had trouble containing the Panther’s triple option offense, especially the running game. Geneva scored the only touchdown of the first quarter, and increased their lead to 14-0 early in the 2nd quarter. But Penn Yan’s Desmond Battin dazzled the crowd with a 90-yard touchdown scamper on the ensuing kickoff. The 2-point conversion attempt was not successful. With 6 minutes left in the first half, Penn Yan was back in the game trailing 14-6, but the hometown Panthers countered with a TD of their own. The first half ended with Geneva leading 22-6.

The Orange and Blue 11 made a bid to get back in the game as the second half began. They recovered an onside kick, and quickly mounted a scoring drive. Mustang quarterback Will Rogers effectively ran the ball as Penn Yan moved to the Geneva 10 yard line. Rogers hit Desmond Battin on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Dylan Stape ran in the 2-point conversion and the Mustangs were back in business. With just 2 minutes gone in the 3rd quarter, they trailed by only eight points, 22-14. Both teams threatened to score. Penn Yan’s Dylan Stape had a dazzling 38-yard run. And the Mustang defense stopped a Geneva scoring drive on the 7-yard line. The scoreboard read 22-14 with the Panthers leading after 3 quarters.

Geneva scored early in the final stanza to up their lead to 30-14. But Penn Yan answered with a touchdown of their own on a Will Rogers to Conner Fingar 7-yard scoring strike. This touchdown was set up on a brilliant Rogers to Riley Marsh pass that garnered 60 yards. The critical extra point failed. Penn Yan trailed 30-20 with 7 minutes left in the game.

The Panthers iced the game with a touchdown and 2-point conversion on 72-yard kickoff return. The touchdown gave the Panthers a 38-20 lead. Penn Yan would not threaten again.

The Penn Yan offense had their moments. Dylan Stape and Riley Marsh enjoyed some nice runs as did Quarterback Will Rogers. Desmond Battin enjoyed a 2 touchdown performance including a 90 yard kickoff return. Jack Peterson, Cadin Lloyd, and Riley Marsh played well on defense. But overall, inconsistent play on both sides of the ball continue to plague the Mustangs. They will try and right their ship Friday night at home against the Waterloo Indians.

Girl’s Soccer

The Penn Yan Mustangs fell to Waterloo Indians 1-0 Sept. 7. No statistics were available.

Penn Yan 2 Marcus Whitman 1

Emily Fingar and Cassie Lafler scored unassisted goals in the Mustang’s victory over the Wildcats Sept. 9. Emily Thompson scored Whitman’s lone goal in the first half before Fingar tied it up. The teams played a scoreless second half and Lafler’s goal at 2 minutes in overtime sealed the victory.

Ashley Sisson had 8 saves for Penn Yan and Katrina Meyer had 12 saves for Marcus Whitman.

Naples 5 Dundee 0

The Dundee Scots girl’s soccer team dropped their second game of the season. Naples shutout Dundee 5-0 in a Finger Lakes West match on Wednesday afternoon. the Big Green scored 4 goals in the second half to cruise to the victory. Andi Wood recorded 15 saves in the nets for Dundee.

Twin Tiers 3 Dundee 0

Dundee goalie Andi Wood had 7 saves in the game against Twin Tiers Sept. 10.