A-K Valley roundup: Plum routs Burrell in girls soccer opener
Plum not only opened the girls soccer season on a grand stage, but it did so with a victory.
Ashley Amato scored four goals and Nicolette Casarcia added two as Plum blanked Burrell, 6-0, in the nonsection opener for both teams Saturday morning at Highmark Stadium.
Shady Side Academy 4, Apollo-Ridge 1 — Brianna Murray scored the lone goal for Apollo-Ridge, which played its first game as an official WPIAL team. Megan Bonelli and Morgan Ashbaugh shared time in goal for the Lady Vikings in the Section 4-A loss.
Freeport 4, Armstrong 2 — Mario Borino scored a hat trick, and Tanner Hoscheid chipped in a goal as Freeport (1-0) downed newcomer Armstrong (0-1) in a nonsection game.
Fox Chapel 6, Deer Lakes 1 — Michael Snowball and Carson Cohen scored a pair of goals apiece to lead Fox Chapel (1-0) past Deer Lakes (0-1) in a nonsection matchup. Jacob Miller and Ryan Santilli also scored for the Foxes.
North Allegheny 6, Kiski Area 1 — Nick Bono scored the only goal for Kiski Area (0-1) in a nonsection loss to North Allegheny (1-0).
Armstrong wins tournament — In an auspicious debut, Armstrong won the Northern Cambria tournament as the River Hawks defeated Somerset in the finals, 25-19.
Gateway Invitational — The Fox Chapel boys and Riverview girls posted second-place finishes in the team standings and had three individual runners finish in the top 10. Riverview's Molly Kennedy finished fourth, Jenna Joseph eighth and Meredith Kocur ninth. Fox Chapel's Brendan Urso was fourth, while John Folkerts finished ninth and Adam Cook 10th.
Plum's Rachel Valotta was the girls' runner-up, while Deer Lakes' Alex Herman took sixth individually.