BVA girls drop 3-1 decision to Hopewell
Belle Vernon Area girls' soccer coach Paul Sasko knew his team would have a tough task in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals Wednesday.
The Lady Leps were taking on unbeaten second seed Central Valley and had to make a long trek to Hopewell to play the game.
His fears were realized as CV (17-0) scored two early goals en route to a 3-1 win.
The Lady Leps (14-5-1) trailed 3-0 when Ally Demko scored off an assist from Marissa Zetty to make it 3-1 with seven minutes left in the game, but there would be no comeback.
“I can't complain because we just got outplayed,” said Sasko. “That's an undefeated team and they are very good. Our girls battled hard all night, but it wasn't meant to be.
“We had our chances early and we didn't cash in and they did.”
Trailing 2-0 in the second half, Sasko ordered his team to press the action and move up, leaving the defense a little vulnerable. CV scored with 15 minutes left in the game to make it 3-0.
“We gambled to try and get a goal and sometimes that's what happens,” Sasko said. “That was just a better team. I thought our girls played as well as they could.”
Moon 1, Yough 0
The Lady Cougars (15-5) gave third-seeded Moon (19-1) all it could handle in another AA quarterfinal before losing the game on a disputed call.
With 13:17 to play in regulation, Moon's Megan Schoenweis was awarded a penalty kick after being tripped. She buried the free shot past Yough keeper Leigh Appolonia for the lone score of the game.
“I honestly think it was an awful call, “ said Yough coach Dann Appolonia. “For one, she didn't have control of the ball and for another thing she wasn't in a goal-scoring area.
“She may have been tripped, but you would think a referee would be smart enough that in a scoreless game with that much time left not to make that kind of call. It's very disheartening to my girls, who played their hearts out.”
Appolonia credited Moon with having the better scoring chances during the game, but said his team's defense never broke.
“I thought our girls battled all night,” he said. “Moon is the defending state champs, but they were in a game tonight. I just hate to see it settled by a penalty kick because that's not the way the game should end.”
Appolonia said his team gave him and its fans a memorable season.
“I told the girls they have nothing to hang their heads about,” he said. “I'm so proud of this team I really don't know what else to say.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.