Alle-Kiski roundup: Valley girls soccer team snaps 75-game section losing streak
The signs of progress continue to pile up for Valley's girls soccer team.
One season removed from ending a 96-game losing streak, the Vikings have stopped another long skid: On Wednesday night, they topped Indiana, 2-1, in overtime to secure their first section win and first home win since 2006. Samantha Chambers scored about four minutes into the first overtime period on a shot from beyond the 18-yard box to decide the Section 2-AA game, which snapped Valley's streak of section losses at 75.
“They worked hard and really dominated most of the game,” Valley coach John Macura said. “I don't know what I'd say if we hadn't come out with a win.”
Valley (2-2, 1-2) jammed the ball through a scrum following a corner kick to go ahead, 1-0, early in the game. Noel Hartle answered with a second-half goal for Indiana (0-4, 0-3).
Chambers, a freshman midfielder, and freshman goalkeeper Kaitlin Capo — who made 12 saves in the win, her varsity debut — are two key contributors on a young Valley team. There are no seniors. Most of the starters are sophomores or freshmen.
“These young players are really putting the weight of the world on their shoulders and trying to change things,” Macura said.
Fox Chapel 3, Plum 1 — Taylor Cohen scored once and assisted another goal for Fox Chapel (4-1, 2-0), which knocked Plum (6-1, 2-1) from the ranks of the WPIAL's unbeaten. Dixon Veltri and Margaux Everingham also had goals for the Foxes, and Aaliyah Odom scored for the Mustangs.
Freeport 4, Knoch 3 — Freeport (3-2, 2-1) figured out the defensive schemes of Knoch, which had allowed two goals in its first four games. Marley Gordon, Gabi Lassinger and Maddie Arbiritas scored for the Knights (3-2, 2-1) in the Section 2-AA game.
Burrell 8, Deer Lakes 0 — Erin Duffey and Torie Slomka each scored twice to lead Burrell (3-3, 1-2) in the Section 2-AA win over the Lancers (1-3, 1-2). Bailey Klems made six saves in the shutout.
Kiski Area 4, Kittanning 2 — Taylor Morlacci found the back of the net twice for Kiski Area (1-1-1) in the nonsection win. Jordan Bozzelli made 16 saves for Kittanning (3-2).
Dynamos moving on — Two Springdale players advanced to the WPIAL tournament after top-three finishes in the Section 3-AA singles tournament. Margo Corsetti reached the title match, where she lost to the No. 1 seed, Ellis School's Maeva McAllister, 6-0, 6-2. Teammate Becca Kern lost to McAllister in the semifinals but bounced back with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) win over Ellis School's Dani Broderick.
Armstrongs in contention — Afternoon storms forced Section 4-AA singles tournament officials to suspend play in the middle of the semifinal round. Valley junior twins Catherine and Emily Armstrong remain in the mix for a title. Catherine trails Indiana's Lucy Bujdos, 2-0, in the second set; she lost the first, 6-2. Emily has yet to start her match against Indiana's Megan Clawson.
Matches will resume Thursday at Lakevue Athletic Club in Valencia. The top three finishers advance to the WPIAL tournament.
Shymansky leads — Fox Chapel's Laurel Shymansky is in position to defend her Section 4-AAA title. She and Shady Side Academy's Ananya Dua each won a set in their semifinal match when rain suspended play early in the third set. Play will resume Thursday.
Springdale 3, St. Joseph 0 — Alyssa Tocco and Trista Fink combined for 15 service points for Springdale (4-1, 3-1) in the Section 1-AA match.