An overview into YSU sports

By Sports Staff

Youngstown State Women’s Soccer

Youngstown State University women’s soccer team lost to Purdue University Fort Wayne Thursday, Oct. 14 at Hefner Soccer Complex.

Following a 40 minutes delay because of lightning and inclement weather, YSU had eight shots in the contest as junior Regan LaVigna had six while senior Jordan Evans and sophomore Elise Bush had one apiece. Evans had the Penguins lone shot on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Brooklynn Kirkpatrick also had two saves.

The team then battled in a 0-0 tie to Cleveland State University Sunday, Oct. 17 at Farmers National Bank Field. 

The team honored the careers of five seniors on Senior Day before the contest, including: Zeeyana Jivraj, Lauren Snow, Bethany Rasile and Erica Barney.

Jivraj made her first start in the net since Sept. 5 in the match, recording a career-high 13 saves in her second career shutout. CSU would post an impressive 13 shots-on-goal on 16 total shots.

The women will finish their season on the road as they face Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Robert Morris University Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Women’s Golf

YSU women’s golf team took 10th place at the Dayton Flyer Invitation Oct. 18-19 at the NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.

The women posted a two-round score of 626 with 317 Monday and 309 Tuesday.

Junior Danae Rugola finished tied for 15th with a two-round 151. The 15th place finish is her third top 15 finish of the year, and she has been YSU’s top finisher in each of the team’s four contests.

Junior Christina Lewis finished 31st with a two-round of 155, while sophomore Madie Smithco placed 43rd with a two-round total of 158.

The women’s golf team will conclude its fall season  Oct. 25-26 with the Palmetto Intercollegiate, hosted by College of Charleston at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Turtle Point Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Cross Country

YSU men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in their final competition before the Horizon League Cross Country Championships. 

The men’s team was led by sophomore Hunter Christoper, placing 18th with a time of 26:12.8 to help score 149 points to finish fifth out of 10 universities.

The Penguins also had sophomore Ryan Meadows placing 24th with a time of 26:23.2, sophomore Ty Coon finishing 32nd with a time of 26:32.8, and sophomore Tyler Clark placing 36th with a time of 26:46.4

On the women’s team, junior Morgan Cole led with a time of 21:39.5 for 21st. Senior Nicole Squatrito was next finishing 69th with a time of 22:46.1. Next was freshman Karissa Sonneberger placing 73rd with a time of 22:47.6. Junior Julia Maliocca was 75th with a time of 22:51.1.

The women’s team finished 14th overall with a team-score of 315 points. 

Swimming and diving

YSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their season Oct. 15-16 at the Akron Zips Classic.

The men’s team placed second in the event with a score of 738 points. Denison University won the men’s events with 905 points and Xavier University placed third with 583 points.

The women’s team placed third with 440 points. Akron placed first with 1113.5 points, Denison placed second with 626 points and Xavier in fourth place with 394.5 points.

Highlights include two school records set by freshman Aleksa Radenovic in his wins for the 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke. His times are 48.93 seconds and 50.04 seconds, respectively.