Bentworth clinches 4 A crown; others get big wins
Thursday night was a historic one for Bentworth's boys' soccer team and a pretty big one for other area teams as well.
The Bearcats officially clinched the second section title in the school's history with a 4-0 win over Chartiers-Houston in a Section 4 A contest.
The Bearcats (11-3, 10-0) got two goals from Nick McCann and one each from Chad Gurdish and Chris Brandl.
Keeper Nick Liermann stopped all four shots he faced to earn his seventh shutout of the season.
“This is our second section title and the first since 2008,” said Bentworth coach Gary Amos. “That's pretty special.”
As for his team's play, Amos remained low-key.
“It was as good as we had been playing, but I'll take the win,” he said with a smile.
Bentworth will carry a seven-game winning streak into Tuesday's section tilt at home with California. The game starts at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Ringgold, Belle Vernon Area and Elizabeth Forward took big stapes toward locking up playoff berths in their respective sections.
Here's what happened around the area:
Ringgold 4, Baldwin 3
Up 4-1 at the half, Ringgold held on for a key Section 4 AAA road win.
“This was a big win for us and keeps us in the hunt (for a section title,” first-year coach Frank Perez said. “We played a really good first half and held on.”
Baldwin scored twice in the opening 21 minutes of the second half to make it a one-goal game, but Ringgold (11-3, 7-2) was able to keep the hosts from tying the score.
Nick Cichon, Noah Brown, Troy Dolanch, and Nathaniel Patton all scored once for Ringgold.
The Rams are off until Wednesday when they head to Albert Gallatin for a section match.
Elizabeth Forward 3, Yough 0
EF (7-7-1, 5-4-1) has positioned itself to earn a playoff spot in Section 3 AA although the Warriors haven't clinched a spot yet.
Jeremy Staffen, Vince Easler, and Joe Martincic scored for EF in its shutout over Yough.
“I thought we outplayed them throughout but we couldn't put one in the net in the first half,” EF coach Dave King said. “At the half, we told them that once the first one would go in that it would open up the gates and that is what happened.”
Matt Casturo made three saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
Both teams return to section play Tuesday as EF hosts West Mifflin and Yough (1-13-1, 0-10-1) is at Thomas Jefferson.
A win over West Mifflin Tuesday clinches a playoff berth for EF.
BV Area 6, Steel Valley 1
Belle Vernon Area returned to action for the first time in seven days and didn't miss a beat in its Section 3 AA win.(11-2, 8-2)
“We played really well and I tried to get everyone out early,” BVA coach John Kerekes said. “It is that time of the year and we have to keep guys healthy.
“We looked rested and I think we are ready for playoff soccer.”
TJ Radic and David Wurmlinger led the way for BVA (11-2, 8-2) with two goals each while Max Shrader and Tyler Chiste each added one.
The Leopards are at top-ranked South Park Tuesday to take on the undefeated Eagles.
Charleroi 2, L. Highlands 2, OT
Charleroi's tie put a damper on the Cougars' playoff hopes in Section 6 AA.
The Cougars (8-5-1, 5-5-1) took a 2-0 lead on goals by Ezra Bell and Mitch Woytovich before the Mustangs (6-6-2, 4-4-1) rallied to tie the game in regulation.
Charleroi needs to win Saturday against Southmoreland in its section finale and have Laurel Highlands lose one of its three remaining games.
“We're still in it,but we keep making it tougher on ourselves,” said Charleroi coach Tom Villella.
Meanwhile, the Cougars will have to play their final section game without their head coach as Villella was ejected during the overtime against Laurel Highlands.
“I can't take some of these officials and sometimes I can't keep my mouth shut,” said Villella. “It's my fault.”
Beth-Center 6, Monessen 0
Monessen was eliminated from playoff contention in Section 4 A with its loss.
Monessen (3-8, 3-7) hosts California Saturday at 4 p.m.
GirlsCharleroi 5, Beth-Center 0
Charleroi improved its positioning for a playoff spot in Section 2 A with its win.
The Lady Cougars (7-5-1, 7-3) were paced by Joyce Addis's two goals while Marissa Johnson, Rachel Ritzer, and Kyra Watkins each added one.
Marissa Hansen made three saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season.
Charleroi is at Ringgold Saturday for an exhibition match at 7:00 p.m.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.