Charleroi, Bentworth keep winning
Charleroi and Bentworth just keep winning in Section 4-A boys' soccer as the Cougars shut out Geibel, 4-0, and the first place Bearcats nipped Monessen, 2-1, in overtime.
At Charleroi, the Cougars (10-3, 7-2) played two different halves against the Gators (2-10, 2-7) as they won for the sixth straight time.
“It was a tale of two halves for sure,” said Charleroi coach Tom Cameron. “We were pretty awful in the first half, but we dominated the second half.”
Charleroi took a 2-0 lead into intermission, but in the second half the Cougars held Geibel without a shot on goal.
“Sometimes you just have to raise a little heck,” said Cameron, smiling.
Nick Laskey scored two goals for Charleroi, while Michael Shipe and Fernando Munoz had one each.
Keeper Gabe Carson got the shutout in goal.
“It's good to keep winning,” said Cameron. “It gets us one step closer to the playoffs. That's all I know.”
Charleroi clinched a playoff berth with the win, but the Cougars are still hoping to catch the Bearcats.
Bentworth (10-3-2, 9-1) needed an extra period to beat the Greyhounds (6-6-1, 5-5).
Monessen held the Bearcats scoreless in the first half and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tyler Caterino early in the second half.
But Bentworth knotted the score later in the game on a goal by Jacob Davis and then won with a goal by Levi Jordan with 1:25 left in the first period.
“We were getting our chances, but we just couldn't finish,” said Bentworth coach Gary Amos. “But their keeper (Justice Rice) really played a good game for them.”
“The guys played exceptionally well tonight,” said Monessen coach Sam Perry. “They took that team to the limit and I am proud of them.
“We have two games left and if we win them both, we're in. If we play those games like we did tonight, we will win.”
Ringgold 5, Brownsville 0
The Rams (11-3, 10-0) clinched at least a share of the Section 6-AA crown under first-year coach Steve Persaud.
Brandon Perez scored two goals and Koby Norfleet, Eli Schoedel and Jakub Hindman all added goals for the Rams.
Eric Selby got the shutout against Brownsville (1-8, 2-9).
“The boys keep finding ways to get it done,” said Persaud. “We've lost a couple kids to injuries and we're pretty banged up, but they keep doing it for me.”
T. Jefferson 3, BV Area 1
The Leopards (7-5, 5-4) suffered a tough loss in Section 3-AA to the Jaguars (12-1-1, 8-1-1).
“It wasn't one of our better games,”said BVA coach John Kerekes. “Coming off what I thought was our best game the last game, I was a little disappointed how we played tonight. But TJ is pretty good.
“We have three games next week and we still have a chance to make the playoffs and that's what we are shooting for.”
Yough 3, Elizabeth Forward 2
Yough (5-7, 4-6) dealt EF (5-7-2, 5-5-1) a blow to the Warriors' playoff hopes in Section 3 AA.
The loss dropped EF two games back in the loss column to third place BV Area.
GirlsYough 2, S. Allegheny 0
The Cougars (8-6-1) picked up a solid non-section win over host South Allegheny (10-2-1).
Shawna Zaken scored both goals for Yough, giving her 17 for the season.
Ashlynn Swauger picked up the shutout in goal.
“I thought we played well,” said Yough coach Dann Appolonia. “I've heard they have a pretty good team. We got to take a look at some other girls, which is a plus. Overall, I was pretty pleased.”
Southmoreland 4, Bentworth 0
The Bearcats (7-7-1) were shut out in the non-section game by the Scotties (8-5).
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Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.