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Lady Leps bring home tourney title

| Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
Chad Carroto | For the Valley Independent
Monessen's Justice Rice scores off of a header as Charleroi Area's Jeremiah Hyatt tries to make the save. The goal put Monessen up 2-0 on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

It didn't come easy, but the Belle Vernon Area girls' soccer team was able to capture the South Fayette Tournament championship Sunday with a 1-0 win over the hosts.

BVA (2-0) took an early first-half lead when Caitlyn Caldwell scored off a corner kick from Marissa Zetty and the Lady Leps held on for the victory in a defensive struggle.

Although senior goalkeeper Ashly Gagliardi notched the shutout, BVA coach Paul Sasko credited his defense – sophomores Marissa Zetty and Courtney Hryko, and seniors Maggi Lewis and Stephanie Morgan – for stymieing the Lady Lions attack.

In Saturday's first-round game, the Lady Leps trounced Waynesburg, 10-1. Senior Hayden Pascoe notched five goals and three assists while Kelsy Lawson added a goal and two assists. Caldwell, Hryko, Meghan Lovett and Marissa Hasson each added a goal.

Five BVA players made the all-tournament team: Pascoe, Lawson, Gagliardi, Caldwell and senior Sarah McCullough.

BVA begins Section 4-AA play at Thomas Jefferson 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Yough 4, Ringgold 0

Natalie Luppold scored twice and goaltender Leigh Appolonia notched the shutout as the defending Section 1-AA champion Lady Cougars (1-0) began their season on a strong note Saturday in non-section play.

Boys

Belle Vernon Area tournament

The Belle Vernon Area boys went 1-2 at their season-opening tournament after dropping a 2-0 decision Sunday to Vincentian.

The Leps split two matches Saturday – winning 3-0 over McKeesport before suffering a defeat to Laurel Highlands by the same score.

The Ringgold boys fared better Saturday at the tournament, defeating West Mifflin and Saturday by 3-0 scores. The result for the Rams Sunday night match versus Laurel Highlands was not available.

At the South Fayette tournament, Elizabeth Forward opened its season with consecutive shutout losses: 5-0 to the hosts and 4-0 to Bethel Park. The Warriors (0-2) host Steel Valley 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Section 3-AA opener.

Monessen 2, Charleroi 0

Monessen (1-0) opened its season with a shutout of cross-town rival Charleroi on Saturday in non-section play.

Blair Madison scored midway through the first half off a set-up by Luke Doptis and Justice Rice headed in the Greyhounds' second goal off a throw-in from Doptis 12 minutes into the second half.

Playing in his first game at goaltender, Blake Carmelo recorded the shutout. Monessen coach Sam Perry called the win “a total team effort.”

“It was a great start to get a win against Charleroi,” Perry said. “It gives us momentum going into section play.”

The Greyhounds open Section 4-A play 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bentworth. Charleroi opens Section 6-AA play 7 p.m. Tuesday at Uniontown.

South Allegheny 4, Yough 0

The Cougars (0-1) opened their season with a shutout loss at South Allegheny (1-0). Yough hosts West Mifflin 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in both teams' Section 3-AA opener.

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