Ringgold drops out of first with 4-1 loss to Mt. Lebanon
By Bill Hughes
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Ringgold fell out of a share of first place in Section 4 AAA with a 4-1 loss to Mt. Lebanon.
The Rams (10-3, 6-2) dropped into third place behind Bethel Park (11-2, 7-1) and Mt. Lebanon (9-4-1, 7-2).
The Lebos got goals from Frank Jackson, Martin Scheider, Zeke Hurtz and Jack Walsh as they scored more against Ringgold than any other team this season.
Ringgold had allowed just seven goals total in the first 12 games.
Ringgold's lone tally was scored by Connor Dudas.
Ringgold travels to Baldwin Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest.
Elizabeth Forward 3, Thomas Jefferson 0
EF kept its playoff hopes alive in Section 3 AA with a huge win over Thomas Jefferson.
Jeremy Staffen scored twice for EF (6-7-1, 5-4-1) and Joe Martincic added a goal.
“This is a big win for us and we played well at times,” EF coach Dave King said. “When we were up by one with 22 minutes left, our conditioning paid off with our last two goals.”
Matt Casturo made eight saves to record the shutout for the Warriors.
EF has a chance to make the playoffs as long as it wins two of its last three section matches.
“We should be safe if we win two more section contests,” King said. “The guys know what needs to be done.”
The Warriors are at Yough Thursday in the first of EF's three remaining section matches.
Waynesburg 2, Charleroi 1, 2 OT
Charleroi fell into fourth place with its Section 6 AA double overtime loss.
Down 1-0 at the half, Charleroi's Mitch Woytovich headed in a ball from Shane McCann to tie the contest and send it to overtime.
“We really could have used a win but we still have a chance to make the playoffs,” Charleroi coach Tom Villella said. “We will have to win out and get some help.
“It was an evenly matched game and we had chances.”
The Cougars (8-5, 5-5) are at Laurel Highlands Thursday in a must-win section match.
Bentworth 6, Washington 0
The Bearcats got three goals from Nick McCann, giving him 23 for the year, and two from Cody Levine in the Section 4 A as they clinched at least a share of first place in the section with the win. Ian Vaccone scored the other goal.
Keeper Nick Liermann earned his sixth shutout.
“I thought we played pretty well,” said Bentworth coach Gary Amos. “We kept the pressure on them all night and we got a few shots to go in for us.”
The Bearcats (10-3, 9-0) are at Chartiers-Houston Thursday with a chance to wrap up the section title outright.
GirlsBelle Vernon Area 3, West Mifflin 0
Thanks to its win, BVA is a half-game up on South Park for first place in Section 4 AA.
BVA broke open a scoreless tie early in the second half when Kelsy Lawson scored and the Lady Leps tacked on two more goals in their second Section 4 AA win in as many nights.
“This was a good win because West Millfin played defensive to try to limit our chances,” BVA coach Paul Sasko said. “Once Kelsy broke the ice, we were able to get things going.
“The girls were patient and although West Mifflin packed in the box, we were finally able to score on some good shots.”
Kylie Kikta and Hayden Pascoe also scored for BVA (11-1-1, 8-1) while Ashly Gagliardi made four saves to earn her 10th shutout of the season.
Pascoe's goal was the 20th of her career.
The Lady Leps host McGuffey tonight in their third section contest in as many days.
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