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Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch boys soccer team continues impressive start

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:09 a.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp
Kiski Area's Dakota Lange fends off Penn-Trafford's Zach Schwartz during the first half on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Kiski Area's Brandon Smail returns the ball during the first half of the soccer game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.

Knoch's boys soccer team celebrated Labor Day weekend by logging plenty of overtime.

On Tuesday, the players completed their work in regulation time.

The Knights remained unbeaten with a 5-0 home victory over Kittanning in Section 2-AA play. Josh Gizienski scored twice, and Ben Andrews, Brandon Vargo and Devin Sherman each added a goal.

Knoch (1-0-2) claimed the Shaler tournament title this weekend with penalty-kick wins over Plum and Penn-Trafford — the WPIAL recognizes only regular-season results through overtime, though, so both scores went in the books as 1-1.

Goalkeeper Brett Miner made three saves in the penalty kick portion of the title game against Penn-Trafford, and his performance earned him MVP honors at the tournament.

Kiski Area 3, Penn-Trafford 0 — Dakota Lange found the back of the net twice, Ryan Canner added a goal for Kiski Area (1-1, 1-0) and Brandon Smail made five saves in goal during a Section 1-AAA victory.

Shady Side Academy 2, Highlands 1(OT) — Chris Vahang scored early in the first overtime period to lead Shady Side Academy (2-1, 1-0) to a Section 2-AA road win. Victor Nelson scored, and Phil King made 12 saves for Highlands (0-1, 0-1).

Springdale 6, Trinity Christian 0 — Taran Roesch finished with four goals, and Adam Winklmann and Zach Acheson each had two assists to pace Springdale (1-2) in a nonsection blowout.

Valley 1, Derry 0 — Ethan Walkowiak headed in a corner kick from Luke Thimons in the second half for the Section 1-AA game's lone goal. Josh Noel made five saves for Valley (1-0, 1-0).

Burrell 3, East Allegheny 1 — Justin Schwartz made 14 saves in net, and Cory Mazary, Josh Wertkin and Jon McAfoose each scored for Burrell (1-0, 1-0) in the Section 1-AA game.

Girls volleyball

Kiski Area 3, Laurel Highlands 0 — Rachel Frye accumulated 15 kills, and Liz Recchia earned 17 assists for Kiski Area (1-0, 1-0) during the Section 1-AAA victory.

Freeport 3, Ford City 0 — Zoe Pawlak and Alexis Schrecongost combined for 20 kills and six blocks to highlight Freeport's nonsection win.

Burrell 3, Highlands 0 — Sabrina Christy served four aces, and Taylor Middleby added three for Burrell (1-0, 1-0) in a Section 4-AA match.

Knoch 3, Valley 0 — Mary Zellhart logged 23 service points, and Celina Sanks registered 12 kills for Knoch (1-0, 1-0) in a Section 4-AA game.

Boys golf

Freeport 206, Knoch 219 — Audrey Clawson shot a 2-over-par 38 at Buffalo Golf Course, and Mickey Frazetta followed with a 39 in a nonsection win for Freeport (5-1).

Valley 238, Burrell 263 — Nick Licata shot a match-low 40 to lead Valley in a nonsection win at Buffalo Golf Coruse.

Girls tennis

Valley 4, Kittanning 1 — Emily Armstrong, Catherine Armstrong and Hannah Albright each won decisively in singles play for Valley, and the duo of Megan Hill and Julia Westerman won a three-set clash at first doubles.

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