Kiski Area soccer team earns section title
Kiski Area's boys soccer team clinched its first outright section title Thursday night, as the Cavaliers defeated Connellsville, 9-0, at home.
"Last year, we split our first section title; this year, we're there by ourselves, and it's even sweeter," Kiski Area coach Robert Wright said.
Kiski Area (10-1-2, 8-1-1), which shared a Section 1-AAA crown with Norwin in 2010, wrapped up section play with its most lopsided victory of the season. Five different players scored on Connellsville (2-11-3, 0-8-2), and keeper Brandon Smail made two saves to secure his eighth shutout of the year.
Dakota Lange paced Kiski Area with three goals. Tyler Nelson and Matt Dziadosz each scored twice, and Kyle Terrill and Nate Kiebler added one.
> > Burrell 1, East Allegheny 0 -- Burrell (11-2-2, 9-0-2) secured its third straight Section 1-AA title with the victory over East Allegheny (11-4, 9-3). Tom Spagnolo finished after a cross from Pete Spagnolo with fifteen seconds remaining in the first half, and Alex White earned the shutout with seven saves.
"Winning the section title was a team effort," first-year coach T.J. Trozzi said. "All 29 players contributed."
> > Springdale 1, St. Joseph 0 -- John Allen scored on a penalty kick with three minutes remaining to propel Springdale (9-3-2, 8-0-2) to a Section 2-A victory over Saint Joseph (8-6-1, 7-3-0).
> > Knoch 4, Shady Side Academy 2 -- Knoch (9-5, 8-5) managed to keep its playoff hopes alive with the Section 2-AA home win over Shady Side Academy (8-7-1, 8-4-1). James Conklin and Ben Andrews each scored two goals for the Knights.
> > Highlands 1, Freeport 0 (OT) -- Mike Killian's shot from 20 yards out gave Highlands (7-9, 5-7) the Section 2-AA home win over Freeport (0-12-2, 0-10-2).
> > Valley 4, Keystone Oaks 0 -- With its first-round win in the WPIAL Class AA team tournament, fifth-seeded Valley (14-1) advances to the quarterfinals. It will travel to fourth-seeded Beaver at 3 p.m. Monday.
The No. 3 singles match between Valley's Maria Pallone and Keystone Oaks' Abby Palmer was discontinued due to rain. Pallone led in the
third set, but the match did not count in the official team score, which had already been decided with wins by singles players Courtney Brennan and Emily Robson as well as the doubles pairs of Kelsey Phillips and Clara Schwippert and Emily and Catherine Armstrong.
"This was a good win in that Keystone Oaks came in with a good record from a historically reputable section," Valley coach Rachel Link said. "You have to
be strong in all five spots at this point to have a chance and we feel pretty strong in all five of ours."
> > Riverside 3, Knoch 2 -- Third singles player Alyssa King and the doubles pair of Katie Conlon and Peggy Kanterman won for Knoch in the WPIAL Class AA first-round match.
> > Kiski Area 3, Latrobe 2 --Maddie Antone led the way for Kiski Area (9-2, 7-2) with 13 kills in the Section 1-AAA win.
> > Riverview 3, St. Joseph 0 -- Sarah Stecik led Riverview (13-2, 10-2) with 11 kills in the Section 1-A win, and Haley Buchser added six.