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Charleroi, Monessen win soccer section openers

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Charleroi Cougars opened up Section 6 AA play with a 5-0 shutout win at Uniontown as coach Ron Hostovich picked up his first victory.

“It feels pretty good to get the first win of the season but we still have a lot of things to work on,” Hostovich said. “I am very pleased.”

Liam Gedda netted a hat trick while Brock Shannon and Jake Watkins added tallies.

“It was definitely a big boost (from Gedda),” Hostovich said before turning his attention to his defense which did not allow a shot on goalkeeper Jeremiah Hyatt.

“Nick Esola, Miles Goodwin, and Tanner Riley anchored the defense.”

The Cougars (1-1, 1-0) host Brownsville Thursday in a section contest.

Monessen 3,Bentworth 0

Monessen upped its record to 2-0 with its shutout win at Bentworth in a Section 4 A match.

Luke Doptis scored nine minutes into the contest and Noah Yartin added a goal halfway through the first half to give Monessen a 2-0 lead at the break.

Four minutes into the second half, Doptis scored his second goal, both assisted by Justice Rice.

“I am very happy with the effort,” Monessen coach Sam Perry said. “This group of boys is playing well together and defensively, we have been really good.”

Blake Carmelo recorded his second shutout in as many matches for Monessen.

The Greyhounds, now 1-0 in section play, host Washington Thursday while Bentworth (1-2, 0-1) goes to Geibel.

T. Jefferson 2,BV Area 1 (OT)

The Leopards opened up Section 3 AA play with a hard-fought loss in overtime at Thomas Jefferson.

“This was a great soccer game that went back and forth for 80 minutes,” BVA coach John Kerekes said. “I have a really young team this year and for us to play such a solid game in the first section match is impressive.”

BVA is starting three freshmen and three sophomores.

Dylan Pietrantoni scored the lone goal for BVA to tie the match halfway through the second half.

The Leps (1-3, 0-1) host Yough Thursday in a section tilt.

Steel Valley 3,Eliz. Forward 1

The young Warriors, with only one senior, fell at home to Steel Valley, in their Section 3 AA opener.

E.F., who starts two freshmen and has three more who are getting significant time, gave their all.

“We have room for improvement and we are just making mistakes and that is what young teams do,” coach Dave King said. “We are going to take it one practice and game at a time and try to improve daily.”

Tyler Buckley scored the lone goal for E.F. to give the hosts a brief lead, but Steel Valley tallied three unanswered goals.

The Warriors (0-3, 0-1) are at South Park Thursday in a section contest.

Bethel Park 3,Ringgold 0

The Rams dropped their 4 AAA opener to the highly-touted Blackhawks.

“Our effort was there but we came out a little slow in the first half,” Ringgold coach Frank Perez said of his team's 2-0 deficit at halftime.

“There are a few things we have to tighten up but outside of a few things, we are alright.

“It is a learning curve for our younger guys and hopefully we can rebound from it.”

Ringgold (3-1, 0-1) hosts McKeesport Thursday in section play.

California 2,Chartiers-Houston 1

The Trojans opened up their season with a one goal win on the road in a Section 4 A match.

No other information was available on the game.

California hosts Charleroi Saturday at 11 a.m. in an exhibition contest.

Girls

Canon-McMillan 1,Yough 0 (OT)

Yough (1-1) dropped a tough overtime decision to Canon-McMillan.

Yough coach Dan Appolonia said stopped Taylor Powell and sweeper Alex O'Brien turned in strong games in a losing effort.

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