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By The Valley Independent
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Yough's girls' soccer team reeled off another easy win Monday, shutting out Section 1 AA foe Greensburg Salem, 6-0.

The Lady Cougars (14-2, 11-0) got three goals from freshman Mikayla Mance, giving her 43 for the season, and two from sophomore Hannah Ponitz, giving her 15.

Taylor Hampshire scored the other goal and keeper Kristen Capenos earned the shutout, the team's 11th of the season and fifth in a row.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said Yough coach Dan Appolonia. “I thought it was one of our better efforts of the season. We wanted to show that our last win over Greensburg Salem was no fluke. I think the girls wanted to do well tonight.”

In the first meeting against Greensburg Salem (8-9, 6-5), Yough won, 5-1.

Yough closes section play Wednesday at Southmoreland before taking on Belle Vernon Area Thursday in a non-section matchup between playoff teams.

BV Area 3, Southmoreland 0

BVA geared up for its huge Section 4 AA contest with Elizabeth Forward Wednesday with a shutout win over an old rival.

“We possessed the ball and really spread the field tonight,” BVA coach Paul Sasko said. “Wednesday is a really big game for us.

“We are healthy and ready to go.”

Lauren Kovalchuk scored twice for BVA (13-1) while Hayden Pascoe added a goal.

Ashly Gagliardi made four saves to earn her 11th shutout of the season.

The outcome Wednesday night will dictate whether BVA finishes tied for first or in third place.

The contest starts at 7:30 p.m. with senior night taking place beforehand.

Elizabeth Forward 5, West Mifflin 1

Josie Madden recorded a hat trick while Ali Pastore added two to pace EF to its Section 4 AA win.

“I am happy with the effort and it was senior night so it was great to celebrate it with a win,” EF coach Brandon Gerba said. “This helped prepare us for our matchup at Belle Vernon.”

EF is at BVA Wednesday for a key section bout at 7:30.

A win earns EF second place while a loss would drop them to third.

Charleroi 2, Serra 0

Charleroi clinched a playoff spot in Section 2 A with its win.

Halee Fedrick and Kyra Watkins scored for Charleroi Marissa Hansen made 12 saves to record her seventh shutout of the season.

Charleroi (8-6-1, 8-3) hosts Laurel Highlands tonight at 7 p.m. in an exhibition match.

Chartiers-Houston 9, Monessen 1

Jordan Locy scored three goals to pace Chartiers-Houston while Beth Halinka scored the lone goal for Monessen in a Section 2 A contest.

Monessen (0-14, 0-11) is at Charleroi Wednesday to conclude its section schedule. The contest begins at 7 p.m.

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