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Roundup: Streaking Monessen stays perfect in 4 A

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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Monessen continued its unbeaten season in Section 4 A with a historic 6-2 win over host Chartiers-Houston Tuesday night.

The Greyhounds (5-0, 3-0), who have scored 28 goals and given up only five on the season, set a school record by winning their fifth straight game to start the season.

“No Monessen team has ever started out 5-0,” Monessen coach Sam Perry said. “So, obviously, I'm pleased. We are playing well.”

The Greyhounds took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Blair Madison scored the first of his three goals.

Chartiers-Houston (0-6-1, 0-3) tied the score six minutes into the second half before the Greyhounds broke it open with three goals in an eight-minute span.

Josh Kucmeroski tallied, followed by Madison and then Luke Doptis, who found the back of the goal for the 11th time this season.

Kucmeroski tallied his sixth goal of the season before Madison closed out the game with the hat trick, giving him five goals on the season.

“We played a really strong second half,” Perry said. “We controlled play and our defense was solid. I thought the guys just did a good job.”

Perry praised the defensive play of Zach Picciarelli and keeper Blake Carmello, who stopped 10 shots including a penalty kick.

Ringgold 15, A. Gallatin 0

The Rams (6-2, 2-1) scored early and often in the Section 4 AAA mismatch.

Jeremy Perez and Nathaniel Patton each scored four goals and Dylan Housley added three for Ringgold, which led 9-0 at the half.

Matt Cannon, Jake Reiland, Nick Warchol and Lucas Stablein each had one goal.

“Albert Gallatin has a young team,” said Ringgold coach Frank Perez. “The good thing is that I got a chance to give a lot of good minutes to some of our younger players.”

The Rams' schedule will heat up the next two games when they take on Mt. Lebanon at home Thursday and Baldwin next week.

“Our season will sort itself out the next two section games, for sure,” Perez said.

West Mifflin 3, BV Area 2, OT

In Section 3 AA, the Leps (2-4, 1-2) took a 2-0 first half lead, but couldn't hold on.

Tyler Chisti and Evan Brown scored for BVA in the first half before the Titans (2-2-1, 1-0-1) scored twice in a 1:30 span early in the second half to force overtime, before eventually winning it.

“We just lost it,” said BVA coach John Kerekes. “I thought we played well, really well most of the game, other than about three minutes. But those three minutes cost us.”

BVA travels to Connellsville for a non-section game Thursday.

McGuffey 3, Charleroi 0

The Cougars (3-2, 2-1) lost the early season showdown of unbeatens in Section 6 AA. McGuffey (4-2, 3-0) won for the fourth time in the last five games and its tied for first place in the section with Southmoreland.

“It was a good game, a close game,” said Charleroi coach Ron Hostovich. “They just outplayed us, but it was a closer game than the score indicates.”

McGuffey led 1-0 at intermission before scoring twice in the second half.

Charleroi hosts Waynesburg at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Charleroi Stadium.

Yough 4, Steel Valley 1

The Cougars (1-2-1, 1-1-1) picked up their first win in Section 3 AA at home.

No other information was available.

Yough travels to South Park Thursday.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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