Yough girls knock off Elizabeth Forward
For the second straight year, neighboring rivals Yough and Elizabeth Forward met in the first round of the girls WPIAL Class AA playoffs on Saturday.
And the results were the same, as the Lady Cougars advanced with a 1-0 win.
“This is a huge, tough win for us,” Yough coach Dann Appolonia said. “If we didn't score that goal, it probably would have gone into overtime and then to a shootout.”
EF coach Brandon Gerba shared his thoughts.
“Both teams are evenly matched,” Gerba said. “You are never happy with how things finish but I can't get upset because the effort and I am proud of our girls.”
Alex O'Brien scored six minutes into the second half on a free kick 25 yards out, and the Lady Cougars were able to make the goal stand.
“It was a well-placed shot,” Appolonia said. “When she first shot it, I thought it was going over the top of the goal.
“It dipped down and got over the keeper (Jen Keefer).”
Gerba also discussed the shot.
“(O'Brien) made a great shot,” he said. “She made the free kick count.”
Leah Appolonia recorded six saves to earn her 14th shutout of the season, and her ninth in Yough's last 10 contests.
The win avenged a Sept. 25 loss 1-0 to the Lady Warriors.
Appolonia said the two teams are evenly matched.
“You can say that we are mirror images of each other,” he said. “Every time we play, it is like this.
“Both teams play so well defensively and there was no room to operate. Neither team could find much room to get pressure on goal.”
As is always the case after playoff losses, Gerba said his team was down.
“Having eight senior starters, there isn't a whole you can say afterwards,” he said. “But considering the injuries we faced all year long, our girls gave it everything they had and I could not ask for more.”
Yough now advances to play third-seeded Moon, a 6-0 winner over Beaver, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Baldwin.
Avonworth 3,Bentworth 0
The 11th-seeded Lady Bearcats (10-8) were eliminated in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
Thanna Oddo scored all three Avonworth (15-4) goals to record a hat trick.
Mt. Pleasant 7, Yough 0
On the boys side, the lone local team in action was Yough (8-9-1) but their post-season run did not last long.
Mt. Pleasant (12-5-1) downed Yough in a Class AA preliminary round match and moves on to take on top-seeded West Allegheny.