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Highlands girls beat Burrell

| Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 11:56 p.m.
Freeport's Erica Jack attempts to fend off Deer Lakes' Emily Irvine (19) on Monday at James Swartz Sr. Memorial Field in Freeport. (Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch)

Senior Natalie Richards scored twice — her 16th and 17th goals of the season — to lead playoff-bound Highlands to a 4-2 victory over Burrell in a Section 2-AA girls soccer game Monday in Harrison.

Sammi Ohl and Kara Bowser added goals for the Golden Rams (12-3, 10-2).

Burrell slipped to 1-13, 1-11.

Deer Lakes 4, Freeport 1 — Senior Nichole Kearns scored two goals to lift Deer Lakes (10-5-2, 7-5-2) to a Section 2-AA win over Freeport (5-10-1, 4-8-1).

Danielle Kerns added a goal and an assist for the Lancers. Goalie Autumn Pawlovsky made 11 saves for the Yellowjackets.

Knoch 5, Indiana 0 — Gabi Lassinger had a pair of goals, and goalkeeper Lexie Galbreath stopped six shots to help Knoch (11-4, 9-3) earn the shutout in Section 2-AA.

Plum 2, Penn Hills 0 — Plum (8-5-2, 6-3-2) outshot Penn Hills, 15-4, in the second half to post an important Section 3-AAA shutout.

Ashley Amato and Aaliyah Odom netted goals for the Mustangs. Odom added an assist.

Penn Hills dropped to 6-8-1, 5-6.

Gateway 2, Fox Chapel 1 — Gateway (12-2-1, 10-0-1) clinched the Section 3-AAA title with its second victory over Fox Chapel (14-2, 9-2) this season. Emily Stevens finished a corner kick late in the second half to seal the victory, while Carly Seneca scored the other goal for the Gators.

Emma Slevin scored for the Foxes.

Springdale 3, St. Joseph 0 — Emma Whelan, Meghan Kokoski and Casey Hughes scored for Springdale (8-8, 7-4) in a Section 4-A win over the Spartans (2-11, 2-8).

Boys soccer

Highlands 7, Valley 2 — John Kranja had two goals and an assist to vault Highlands (10-5, 6-3) past Valley (9-4-2, 7-1-2) in nonsection play. Morgan Berenson and Victor Nelson each added a goal and assist for the Golden Rams.

St. Joseph 2, Carrick 1 — Bob Cellender and Domenick Galli found the net as St. Joseph (6-9-1) picked up a nonsection win over Carrick (1-12).

Boys golf

Foxes bow out — In the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal tournament at Hiland Golf Course, Fox Chapel shot 403 to finish seven shots out of a playoff for the third spot in the WPIAL finals.

Patrick Sheerer shot 76, Greg Gittes 78 and Scott Sterrett 79 to lead the Foxes, who went 14-1 during the regular season.

North Allegheny, Peters Township and Hempfield advanced. Hempfield needed a playoff to edge Shady Side Academy after they tied at 396.

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