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BVA, EF girls battle to a scoreless tie

| Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Belle Vernon Area girls' soccer coach Paul Sasko is retiring after 11 years guiding the program.
Rich Downer/For The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area girls' soccer coach Paul Sasko is retiring after 11 years guiding the program.

Both Belle Vernon Area and Elizabeth Forward will qualify for the playoffs out of Section 4 AA this season.

Judging by the way they played against each other Wednesday night, they are both worthy of post-season play.

The Lady Leps (11-2-1, 8-1-1) and Lady Warriors (9-3-4, 6-2-4) battled through double overtime and neither team scored in 0-0 draw.

“What a game,” BVA coach Paul Sasko said. “Neither team could score, but they hit the crossbar with under a second to go.

“Both teams played amazing.”

EF coach Brandon Gerba agreed.

“It was a really good game, the kind of game it should always be when we play each other,” Gerba said. “I thought our girls played well, but their girls played extremely well, too.”

BVA goalkeeper Ashly Gagliardi and EF's Jen Keefer are both credited with a shutout.

BVA travels to Yough tonight for an exhibition match before heading to South Park for a first-place showdown Saturday, while EF hosts McGuffey Friday in a section match.

Yough 2, Southmoreland 0

The two-time Section 1 AA champion Lady Cougars (13-3, 11-1) eliminated the Lady Scotties from playoff contention.

“Southmoreland played a strong game and had to win to make the playoffs,” Yough coach Dann Appolonia said. “We missed a few opportunities, but I am pleased with the performance.”

Shawna Zaken and Natalie Luppold scored for Yough. Leah Appolonia made one save to earn her 12th shutout of the season and seventh in a row.

Yough hosts BVA tonight in a huge exhibition showdown that could have playoff seeding implications.

Trinity 3, Ringgold 1

The Lady Rams (4-8, 4-6) suffered another tough loss in Section 4 AAA.

Alaina Nickolls scored the lone goal for Ringgold.

“Trinity played a solid game tonight,” Ringgold coach Tom Cameron said. “We are right back at it again tomorrow with a tough Bethel Park team.”

Ringgold hosts the Lady Black Hawks tonight in a section match.

Charleroi 6, Monessen 0

The Lady Cougars (11-1-1, 9-1-1) downed the Lady Hounds (0-14, 0-12) in a Section 2 A match.

“We were able to work on some things and we got the younger girls some playing time,” Charleroi coach Jim Rue said. “I tip my hat to the Monessen girls because they gave it their all the entire game.”

Halee Fedrick and Chelsea Anderson paced Charleroi with two goals apiece while Adrianna Gottheld and Kyra Watkins both added a tally.

Sydney Toth recorded her fourth shutout of the season for the Lady Cougars.

Despite the win, Charleroi's chances of capturing a section title ended as South Allegheny clinched the championship with a win over Serra.

Both teams have exhibition matches today as Charleroi is at Mt. Pleasant while Monessen hosts Greensburg Salem.

Bentworth 4, Beth-Center 0

The Lady Bearcats (8-7, 7-5) clinched third place in Section 2 A with their win.

Bentworth will prepare for the playoffs with two exhibition matches including a home tilt with McGuffey today.

BoysMonessen 3, Washington 1

The Greyhounds (11-4, 8-3) stayed in the running for a Section 4 A title, but they will need some help.

“I told the guys at the half that we had to get it going in the second half,” Monessen coach Sam Perry said. “They responded well.”

Down 1-0 in the second half, Monessen exploded for three goals in less than six minutes to take control of the contest.

Justice Rice scored twice and Josh Kucmeroski scored for the Greyhounds.

Monessen is at Geibel today and with a win and a Beth-Center loss to Bentworth, the Greyhounds would win the section title.

Southmoreland 7, Yough 1

The Cougars (8-8-1) dropped an exhibition match to the Scotties.

Yough has concluded its regular season but has advanced to the WPIAL AA playoffs after finishing in third place in Section 3 AA.

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