The Solanco girls soccer team bounced back from a disappointing defeat by pulling out a victory in the final five minutes.
Alana Yoder scored in the 75th minute to lift the Mules to a 2-1 triumph over host Kennett Saturday morning.
Captain Seth Harnish says the Solanco football team's mantra is "Do Your Job".
The way his team is performing, a multitude of Mules are in the running for Employee of the Month.
Quarterback Brody Mellinger rushed for three touchdowns including the go-ahead score on the opening play of the fourth quarter as Solanco's Junior High football team opened the season with a 26-22 triumph over visiting Garden Spot Wednesday, September 11.
Solanco coach Meghan Cross saw some positive signs in her team's 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 loss to visiting Lancaster Catholic Monday night, September 9.
"We scored a lot more points as a whole," Cross said. "We made some improvements on our coverage and we had a lot of play at the net which are two things we really focused on at the end of last week after our matches."
Nathaly Molinarez led the Mules with five kills and Jada Dow added three. Emma Canale contributed five blocks and Anya Fisher chipped in two. Molinarez led Solanco with nine digs and Madi Davis and Alondra Quinonez each added five. Davis dished out seven assists.
"We're still working on the passing," said Cross. "A lot of it is positioning and confidence. We've got to keep confidence in ourselves. Volleyball is a mental game."
Solanco boys soccer loses to Octorara
Solanco's boys soccer team lost to visiting Octorara 6-1 Tuesday, September 10.
After Octorara went ahead 3-0, Nic Cozzone scored the Mules' lone goal with 7:48 left in the first half.
Cozzone's long shot hit the left goal post then caromed off the Braves' goalie and into the net.
The Solanco cross country team performed well in a home meet Tuesday, September 3, coach Craig Ausel said.
The boys squad lost to Cedar Crest 15-53 and to Manheim Township 17-45. The girls fell to Cedar Crest 15-49 and to Township 16-51.
"Coming off a fast and hard race [the previous] Saturday at Lock Haven our squads responded very well to our difficult course," Ausel said. "Our team goal is be competitive and improve with every race and we did that. Manheim Township and Cedar Crest are by far the two strongest teams in our league."
The youthful Solanco football team came of age Friday night.
An offensive line comprised solely of underclassmen paved the way for a big game from senior fullback Nick Yannutz as the Mules evened their record by downing host Kennard-Dale 27-21.
The Solanco field hockey team played on even terms with visiting Kennard-Dale between the circles.
It's what happened in the scoring area that decided the outcome.
Kennard-Dale took advantage of its opportunities and downed the Mules 5-1 in the season opener Friday, August 30.
The Solanco volleyball team has spent the two previous seasons setting a foundation.
Now it's time to see what the Mules can construct.
"We're still in the building process but I have set the bar pretty high because we have tons of talent," Solanco coach Meghan Cross said. "It's a motivated group who wants to play. They've been working well together. We still have a young team. I look forward to the next couple of years. This team will continue to grow in their confidence and their volleyball."
The Solanco football team lost to visiting Northeastern 55-35 in the season opener Friday night, August 23.
The Bobcats recovered four Mules fumbles and never trailed.
"You always want to capitalize on mistakes," Solanco coach Tony Cox said. "Like I told them all, it's always going to come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. I know we're going to make mistakes, but we've got to capitalize on those ones that the other team makes and we've got to make sure we fight through it and push ourself through."
The Solanco tennis team lost to visiting Octorara 7-0 in the season opener Tuesday, August 20.