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Monessen boys back in first place

| Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
Monessen's Zach Picciarelli (1) scores against Chartiers-Houston's goalie Mcager Wall (0) in the first half on Monday, September 23,2013, at the Monessen Area High School Soccer field.

Monessen's boys' soccer team moved back into a first-place tie in Section 4 A with a 3-1 win over visiting Chartiers-Houston Monday.

The Greyhounds (8-1, 5-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season with the victory.

“The kids stepped up for each other today covering for each other thru injuries and we played with starters out,” Monessen coach Sam Perry said. “Other guys played hard and (assistant coach) Bill (Halinka) and I told them this will make them a better team.”

Justice Rice scored four minutes into the contest to give Monessen an early lead and Zach Picciarelli gave the Hounds a 2-0 lead heading into the half.

After Chartiers-Houston (1-8-2, 1-5-1) cut the Monessen lead to 2-1, Justice Rawlins scored with five minutes left to give the Hounds an insurance goal.

Monessen is home today with Bentworth in another section match.

Yough 2, E. Forward 0

The Cougars (4-4-1, 4-3-1) remained in the Section 3 AA playoff picture with their win over EF ((0-10-1, 0-6-1).

“We had our chances,” EF coach Dave King said. “The opportunities were there but we just didn't finish.”

Both teams have a quick turn around and play road sections matches today as Yough heads to West Mifflin and EF heads to Steel Valley.

Girls

Trinity 1, Ringgold 0

Heading into its Section 4 AAA loss to Trinity, the Lady Rams (2-6, 2-4) were tied with the Lady Hillers for fourth place, a game behind third place Mt. Lebanon.

Now, Ringgold will have an uphill battle it trying to earn a post-season berth.

“We had 18 shots and they had two,” Ringgold coach Tom Cameron said. “We gave them an own-goal.

“But this was the best game we have played all year. We just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.”

BV Area 1,E. Forward 0

In a Section 4 AA for second place, BVA (6-2, 4-1) downed EF (6-3-1, 4-2).

“It was a great game,” BVA coach Paul Sasko said. “Elizabeth Forward is a great team and our midfield really stepped up.”

“I thought we played really well and the girls gave a great effort,” said EF coach Brandon Gerba. “It was one of those games that it would take one to win and Belle Vernon happened to get one on us.”

BVA midfielders Caitlin Caldwell, Kelsy Lawson, and Sarah McCullough were praised by Sasko.

After a scoreless first half, Sam Mendicino scored for BVA with 25 minutes remaining and the Lady Leps made the goal stand.

Ashly Gagliardi made five saves to earn the shutout.

BVA is at East Allegheny today in a section makeup tilt.

Southmoreland 2,Yough 1

The Lady Cougars (6-2, 4-1) dropped its first Section 1 AA contest since the 2011 season at Southmoreland.

And because of it, Yough finds itself a half-game out of first place.

“We started slow and it was as if the kids were not into the game early,” Yough coach Dann Appolonia said of his team that trailed two minutes into the contest.

“We trailed 2-0 at the half but played decent in the second half but we could only get one goal. We hit the goal post twice.”

Yough's lone tally was scored by Natalie Luppold.

Yough (6-1, 4-0) is at EF in an exhibition match Wednesday.

Charleroi 12,Monessen 0

The Lady Cougars (7-1, 5-1) remained one game back in Section 2 A after its win over the Lady Hounds (0-7, 0-6).

Halee Fedrick scored four goals for Charleroi, upping her season total to 12 while teammate Kyra Watkins had three goals, giving her 13.

Demi Levandosky, Rachel Ritzer, Marissa Johnson, Jenson Fleming and Abigail Large also had a tally.

Sydney Toth earned her third shutout in goal.

Charleroi hosts Chartiers-Houston in a section match Wednesday while Monessen is at first-place South Allegheny.

Bentworth 7,Beth-Center 0

The Lady Bearcats (5-4, 4-2) are holding steady in third place in Section 2 A after its win over Beth-Center.

Bentworth hosts Serra Catholic Wednesday night.

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