Baldwin, Baumann edge Mt. Lebanon girls in double overtime, 1-0
The Baldwin girls' varsity soccer team won a thrilling 1-0 decision in double overtime against rival Mt. Lebanon last week.
The stars of the night for the Lady Highlanders included Carly Baumann, a junior midfielder/forward who netted the game-winner, and junior goalkeeper Liz Spegar, who posted the shutout.
“We were all very excited,” Vicki Hritz, Baldwin's head coach, said. “Last season we lost to Mt. Lebanon in double overtime, so this was big to be on the winning side this year. We consider Mt. Lebanon a quality soccer team and want to measure ourselves against other elite teams.”
Baldwin improved to to 3-0 in section play and 4-1 overall with the victory.
“It was really exciting,” said Alicia Mastroianni, a junior midfielder/forward and the team's leading scorer. “It was our first win against them in six years.
“I think we're pretty confident we can win now. Our goal is to win our section.”
Behind Spegar, the local squad allowed only one goal in its first five games.
The Lady Highlanders, who outscored the opposition by a 24-1 overall margin through five games, defeated North Hills in a nonsection test earlier this week, 3-1.
Through Monday's action, Baldwin and Bethel Park stood in first place in Section 4-AAA with 3-0 slates, followed by Trinity (2-1), Mt. Lebanon (1-1) and Ringgold (2-2). McKeesport and Albert Gallatin were winless at 0-4.
“I am proud of how we have started and want to continue building on our success,” Hritz said. “The girls organized themselves this summer and had good participation during their summer conditioning. As a result, their preparations led into a great preseason, and I think the hard work has continued into the season.”
Mastroianni has been the local team's top offensive threat with seven goals, followed by senior midfielder Stephanie Mizla with four.
Amanda Grmusa, Lydia Fennell and Katy Pearson, all juniors, have contributed three goals apiece.
Spegar, in her first year as a varsity starter, has recorded four shutouts.
“So far we haven't lost a section game, which is excellent, but we still have to play three more teams (Ringgold, Trinity, Bethel Park). We are familiar with all except for Trinity,” Hritz said. “We have a really strong defensive line and goalkeeper, so in all of our section games, we want to try to score first, and then play well defensively to stay ahead.
“We talk often in practice about finding the net and making our shots count, and given the history of close games in this section the more goals we can score the better.”
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.