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Monessen's Josh Kucmeroski (7) heads the ball past Beth Center's Brenton Bauer (17) Tuesday, September 17,2013 at Beth Center High School.
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By The Valley Independent
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The longest winning streak to start a season in the history of the Monessen boys' soccer program has ended at seven.

The Greyhounds dropped their first match of the season Tuesday at Beth-Center, 3-0, in a Section 4 A showdown. The Bulldogs now stand alone in first place.

The Greyhounds (7-1, 4-1) trailed 1-0 at halftime, and Beth-Center added two insurance goals in the second half.

“We played well but couldn't get breaks to finish,” Monessen coach Sam Perry said. “But take nothing away from BC as they played well.

“I told the kids that this was one game and that we will start another streak Monday.”

Monessen (7-1, 4-1) will look to do just that Monday when they host Chartiers-Houston in a section match.

Ringgold 2, Baldwin 0

The Rams (8-3, 3-2) took sole possession of third place in Section 4 AAA.

Nathaniel Patton and Nick Fowkes scored for the Rams; James Snyder made five saves to record the shutout.

“This was a huge win for us in a key section match,” Ringgold coach Frank Perez said. “Our defensive effort was tremendous and Josh Briscoe was a true leader back there.

“Ryan Colagiovanni and Brandon Perez also led the way back there with Josh.”

Yough 2, EF 1

Winless EF (0-7-1, 0-3-1) took the first half lead, but couldn't hold it in a Section 3 AA loss.

Dan Kutzfara scored the lone goal for EF.

“We were up and then Yough scored twice in the second half,” EF coach Dave King said. “We have to give a better effort and it will happen.”

BV Area 3, Steel Valley 1

The Leps (3-5, 2-2) picked up an important Section 3 AA win to stay in the thick of things for a playoff berth.

Tyler Chiste scored twice and Evan Brown added a goal for the Leps.

Coach John Kerekes was extremely pleased with the defensive effort of his team.

“The defense played excellent,” he said. “We scored all three goals in the second half and I think it was the first time we were able to put together the second half plan.”

Laurel Highlands 6, Charleroi 0

The Cougars (4-4, 2-3) had a rough night against a Section 6 AA foe.

“There isn't much to say,” Charleroi coach Ron Hostovich said of the loss. “They are senior laden and took it to us tonight.”

Geibel 1, California 1

The Trojans stayed in the playoff race in Section 4 A while Geibel remained undefeated in section play.

California (2-3-1, 1-2-1) is at Bentworth in a section tilt Thursday.

GirlsCharleroi 11, Uniontown 0

The Lady Cougars had no problem with Uniontown as Adrianna Gottheld and Haley Fedrick each scored three goals and Ayra Watkins had two.

Also scoring for Charleroi (4-1) were Abigail Large, Morgan Riley and Rachel Ritzer.

Sydney Toth picked up the shutout in goal.

Charleroi plays its third contest in as many days tonight when it hosts Beth-Center in a Section 2 A tilt.

EF 6, Mt. Pleasant 1

The Lady Warriors (5-2-1) had an easy time Tuesday night.

Rachel Collage recorded a hat trick, Ali Pastore added two tallies and Rachel Bakewell also scored for EF.

“I liked the way we moved the ball tonight,” EF coach Brandon Gerba said. “We have been working on some things in practice and the girls were able to implement them tonight.

“We were once again able to get some younger players in and that is always important.”

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