Lady Leps lead Section stars
Belle Vernon Area may have taken a back seat to South Park in the Section 4 AA girls' soccer standings, but not when the All-Section Team came out.
BVA (14-5-1, 9-2-1) led the section with six picks while section champ South Park (15-5-2, 11-0-1) had five.
Third-place Elizabeth Forward (11-4-4, 7-2-3) had four players selected.
The all-section teams are selected by the Western Pennsylvania High School Girls' Soccer Coaches Association.
“It's nice that we had so many girls make the team,” said BVA coach Paul Sasko. “That's always a good thing.”
Headlining the team from BVA were seniors Hayden Pascoe and Ashly Gagliardi.
Pascoe made the all-section team for the fourth time, while Gagliardi is a two-time pick.
She led the Lady Leps in both goals (28) and assists (eight) this season and finished her career with 102 goals.
“She's had a great career,” Sasko said of Pascoe. “She's a Division I talent, going to Kent State. Without a doubt, she is one of the best I ever had here.”
Gagliardi, a keeper, had nine shutouts this season and has 34 for her career. As a junior, she registered 14 shutouts, a BVA single-season record.
“Ashly started for us all four years,” Sasko said. “She played in the field as a freshman, but we saw her potential as a keeper and at first she didn't want to do it. But she finally agreed as a sophomore and started there for three years.”
Lady Leps making the team for the first time were seniors Maggie Lewis (defender) and Kelsey Lawson (midfielder) and juniors Samantha Mendicino (forward) and Caitlin Caldwell (midfielder).
Mendicino was second on the team in scoring with seven goals and six assists. Caldwell had six goals and six assists, and Lawson had five goals and six assists.
“Maggie and Kelsey lettered for us for four years, and honestly I thought they could have made the all-section team last year,” Sasko said.
EF's selections were seniors Josie Madden (midfielder), Rachel Collage (midfielder), Alison Pastore (forward) and Mary Cooper (defender).
South Park's selections were seniors Katherine Hartner (midfielder) and Emily Patterson (defender) and juniors Jenny Vietmeier (forward), Monica Davison(midfielder) and Krista Mosi (keeper).
The other members of the all-section team for Section 4 AA were Thomas Jefferson seniors Tori Cotter, Alexis Yanief and Tatum Fabian and McGuffey senior Marlie Mounts.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.