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By The Valley Independent
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Twice is nice for the Yough girls' soccer team.

The Lady Cougars wrapped up their second consecutive Section 1 AA title with their win.

“I told the girls we have to take it in steps,” Yough coach Dann Appolonia said of the season. “The section title was the first goal and doing well in the playoffs is the next step.”

After a scoreless first half, Shawna Zaken scored the lone goal of the contest with 13 minutes to go and Leah Appolonia made six saves to earn her 11th shutout of the season.

As it has all season, Yough's stellar defense was swarming and it was the sixth straight shutout for the Lady Cougars (12-3, 10-1).

“Our defense played exceptional again tonight and shut them down,” Yough coach Dann Appolonia said. “We missed a few chances early but we were able to pull it out.”

Yough hosts Southmoreland, the only team in the section to bear the Lady Cougars, in a section match Wednesday.

E. Forward 6, West Mifflin 0

Rachel Collage scored four goals and Ali Pastore scored twice to lead the Lady Warriors (9-3-3, 6-2-2) to a Section 4 AA win over West Mifflin (4-7-1, 3-6-1).

“We got good production from two of our leaders and it was nice to see other girls take control of other aspects of the game,” EF coach Brandon Gerba said. “I think this game will give us some momentum heading into our last two games.”

Jen Keefer made six saves to record her ninth shutout of the season.

EF hosts second-place Belle Vernon Area (11-2, 8-1) in a huge section match for both teams Wednesday.

Charleroi 2, Serra 1

The Lady Cougars (10-1-1, 8-1-1) kept their Section 2 A title hopes alive with their win in front of a Senior Night crowd.

Charleroi is 1 12 games behind front-running South Allegheny (12-2-1, 10-0-1)

Serra (10-5, 6-5) led 1-0 until the second half when Halee Fedrick and Jensen Fleming scored for Charleroi, who clinched a playoff berth with the win.

Charleroi hosts Monessen Wednesday in a section match.

BV Area 4, Southmoreland 1

The Lady Leps (11-2) won the non-section game as Hayden Pascoe scored two goals and Ally Demko and Sierra Lynn had one each.

The game was originally scheduled for Southmoreland, but was moved to Jim Weir Stadium.

Chartiers-Houston 8, Monessen 0

The Lady Hounds (0-13, 0-11) dropped a Section 2 A match to the Lady Buccaneers (8-9, 5-7).

Monessen is at Charleroi Wednesday in a section match.


Yough 4, Jeannette 3

The Cougars (7-7-1) evened their record and ended a two-match losing streak with its exhibition win.

Yough returns to Section 3 AA play tonight when it hosts TJ in a key match with playoff implications.

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