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Mercury Roundup (10.24): Methacton’s Liang, Nouaime win District 1 doubles title

Methacton’s doubles pair of Alice Liang and Hana Nouaime brought home district gold on Saturday.

Liang and Nouaime defeated the top-seeded Council Rock South duo of Dasha Chichkina and Emma Traktovenko, 6-3, 7-6(7-1), in an epic final match for the District 1-3A Girls Tennis Doubles Championship. The Warriors’ pair will move onto states.

Also competing for a title Saturday was Spring-Ford’s Mia Matriccino, who fell to CR North’s Amelia Honer, last year’s PIAA Class 3A champion.

On Friday, Matriccino defeated Souderton’s Amanda Wang (6-4, 6-0) in the quarters before knocking off Unionville’s Leah Walter (6-4, 6-1) in the semifinals. Liang and Nouaime took down Upper Dublin’s Eileen Xiao and Eva Hunter (6-0, 6-0) in the quarters before a three-set (6-4, 4-6, 6-2) win over Pennsbury’s Maddie Walsh and Kyra Workman in the semifinals.

OJR’s Allison Root and Spring-Ford’s Lucy Olsen and Emily Tiffan also represented the PAC in the singles and doubles tournaments, respectively, on Friday. Root lost to Honer in the quarters (6-0, 6-0), while Olsen and Tiffan fell to Chichkina and Traktovenko (6-0, 7-5) in the quarters.

Boys soccer

Spring-Ford 5, Methacton 1 >> The Rams played at Homecoming Saturday and came away with another PAC victory.

Akshay Patel started the scoring off a Tommy Bodenschatz cross. Andrew Merchant played another great cross for a far post finish from junior Justin Russell and Dylan Smith finished off the scoring in the first half putting away a Justin Russell cross.

The Rams conceded a goal to lose the shutout, but they got two more from senior defenders Trevor Jones and Ekow Asomaning in the second half. Assists were from Nick DiNenna on a corner and Mikey Sullivan on a cross. Methacton’s goal came from Chris Rowland.

Perkiomen Valley 2, Upper Perkiomen 1 >> Owen Slack and Matt Holmes did the scoring for the Vikings, helping them edge the Indians in Saturday’s PAC contest.

Upper Perk jumped out to the lead on an Aiden Heiser goal with 15:31 remaining in the first half. PV equalized before half on Slack’s goal from an assist by Holmes, who put PV ahead after drawing a foul in the box and burying the ensuing penalty kick with over 28 minutes remaining.

Boyertown 4, Owen J. Roberts 0 >> Dimitre Randjelovic scored twice scored a pair of goals and Beckett Wenger and Luke Moser netted scores in the Bears’ PAC win Saturday.

Moser and Matt Selders added assists in the win.

Archbishop Carroll 1, Pope John Paul II 0 >> Despite Dylan Russ’s six saves in net, the Golden Panthers dropped Saturday’s non-league contest.

Daniel Boone 2, Conrad Weiser 0 >> Connor Stuart scored a goal in each half to lead the Blazers over the Scouts in Saturday’s Berks League action.

Nate Millard was credited with an assist — a day after kicking two field goals for the football team — on one of Stuart’s tallies. Boone (7-3-1, 9-3-1) also got five-save goaltending from Zach Fick in the shutout.

Girls soccer

Owen J. Roberts 1, Boyertown 0 >> Sarah Kopec converted an assist with three minutes to deliver OJR a victory over the Bears in Saturday’s PAC contest.

The win pushed the Wildcats (9-1-1) into a tie with Spring-Ford atop the PAC standings.

Spring-Ford 1, Methacton 1 >> Jess Lineen scored with little more than 1-1/2 minutes left to play Saturday, bringing the Warriors back for a tie with the Rams in their PAC game.

Spring Ford opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a Reese Kershner goal from a Molly Thomas corner kick. Methacton found the equalizer with 1:39 remaining in the game, on senior captain Lineen’s header from a Ruby Murray free kick.

Methacton keeper Mairi Smith made 13 saves while SF keeper Riley Wallace had 3.

Daniel Boone 3, Conrad Weiser 0 >> Alexandra Woodcock had a goal and an assist to help the Blazers (9-2, 11-3) clinch the Berks League’s Division II title Saturday with a win over the Scouts.

Nicole Brown and Lily Ferguson had other goals for Boone (9-2, 11-3), with assists credited to Gabby Fontana and Emma Kay. Jenna Heasley made four saves in goal to secure the shutout.

Field hockey

Daniel Boone 1, Conrad Weiser 0 >> Hannah Huddleson scored off an assist from Clara Lacek to lift the Blazers (5-4-1, 9-5-1) over the Scouts in Berks league play Saturday.

Ashley Finkbiner made 10 saves to register the shutout for Boone (5-4-1, 9-5-1). The Blazers outshot Weiser 15-10 though out-cornered 10-5.

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