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Roundup: Hounds still perfect; Rams fall

| Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Monessen's Mario Shenouda gets a kick off despite the defensive efforts of California's Conner Keegan.
Rich Downer/For The Valley Independent
Monessen's Mario Shenouda gets a kick off despite the defensive efforts of California's Conner Keegan.
Mt. Lebanon's Matt Stevens, left, battles Ringgold's Chris O'Connor for control of the ball.
Rich Downer/For The Valley Independent
Mt. Lebanon's Matt Stevens, left, battles Ringgold's Chris O'Connor for control of the ball.

A year ago, injury-riddled Monessen showed glimpses of potential, but the injury bug kept derailing the season.

This year, it's a completely different story for the Greyhounds.

Although it wasn't easy Thursday, the Greyhounds extended their history-making start with 2-1 win over Section 4 A foe California (1-3, 1-2).

After a scoreless first half in the Section 4 A tilt, Monessen (6-0, 4-0) got on the board seven minutes into the second half when Josh Kucmeroski scored off of a pass from Adam Pesi.

Luke Doptis added what would be the game-winning goal at the 11-minute mark before California scored late on a direct kick.

“Any time you get a section win it is a good thing,” Monessen coach Sam Perry said. “I wasn't real happy with how we played, but I give California credit for holding us scoreless in the first half.

“We only gave up three shots, so credit our defense as well.”

Monessen hosts McKeesport Saturday at 3 p.m. as part of a girls'/boys' doubleheader.

Mt. Lebanon 2, Ringgold 1, OT

The young Rams (6-3, 2-2) played tough against the first-place Blue Devils in a Section 4 AAA match, but came up just short.

Down 1-0 at the half, J.T. Perez scored halfway through the second half to force overtime.

“I am happy with the effort and we are going to be all right after this,” Ringgold coach Frank Perez said. “The game could have gone either way and we will bounce back.”

E. Forward 2, T. Jefferson 2

The Warriors, who at times play seven freshmen at once, are improving and it showed with their Section 3 AA effort Thursday.

“We had a real good practice Wednesday night and I think it carried over,” EF coach Dave King said. “We made two mistakes and (TJ) scored on both.

“When you are as young as we are, that happens but we are going in the right direction.”

Tyler Buckley and Colin Pastor scored for EF (0-6-1, 0-2-1) in the Section 3 AA match.

Bentworth 0, Washington 0

The Bearcats and Prexies played to a scoreless tie in a Section 4 A match.

Bentworth (1-3-2, 0-1-2) hosts Carlynton in an exhibition match Saturday.

Waynesburg 1, Charleroi 0, 2 OT

A win would have kept the Cougars in the thick of things in Section 6 AA with a win.

Unfortunately for Charleroi (3-3, 2-2), the win never took place.

Jeremiah Hyatt recorded 22 saves for the Cougars, but they could not score in their double overtime defeat.

“He kept us in the game,” Charleroi coach Ron Hostovich said. “Waynesburg outplayed us tonight and deserved it.”

Charleroi (3-3, 2-2) hosts Beth-Center Monday.

Connellsville 2, BV Area 0

Belle Vernon Area (2-5) dropped an exhibition contest on the road.

“We played well in the first half but was a little sloppy after,” BVA coach John Kerekes said. “Hopefully we can get healthy this coming week.

“As long as we play our game and not make mental mistakes, we will be all right.”

The Leps return to Section 3 AA play Tuesday when they host Steel Valley.

South Park 12, Yough 1

Section 3 AA leader South Park scored early and often against Yough.

The Cougars (1-3-1, 1-2-1) are at EF Tuesday in section action.

GirlsT.J. 4, Ringgold 1

Tied 1-1 at the half, Ringgold dropped its exhibition match at TJ.

“I am disappointed with our effort and if we gave the effort we gave yesterday, we would have won,” Ringgold coach Tom Cameron said. “We have to go back to the drawing board to prepare for a very talented Mt. Lebanon team.”

Alaina Nickolls scored the lone goal for Ringgold (2-3), which resumes Section 4 AAA play Monday when it hosts Mt. Lebanon.

Yough 2, Latrobe 0

The Lady Cougars (3-1) handed Labrobe (3-1-1) its first loss in the non-section game.

Shawna Zaken and Franki Berraducci scored goals while Leigh Appolonia registered her third shutout in goal.

“We're playing well,” said Yough coach Dan Appolonia. “We've only given up one goal in four games, so I'm pleased.”

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