Belle Vernon Area soccer still posting zeroes
The theme early in the season for Belle Vernon Area has been solid play in the midfield and on defense. Monday was no different as the Lady Leps shut out McGuffey, 2-0 in a Section 4 AA match.
BVA coach Paul Sasko said his team came out of the gates a little slower than usual.
“I thought we played slow in the first half, but we picked it up in the second half,” he said. “We played well but just couldn’t finish throughout.”
Meghan Lovett scored early in the match and BVA (5-0, 3-0) maintained its 1-0 lead into the second half until Marissa Hasson gave the hosts an insurance goal.
Kaity Watson made two saves to earn her fifth shutout in a row.
BVA dominated the possession of the ball but just couldn’t add to its lead.
“We had the ball in their territory most of the game but just couldn’t finish,” Sasko said. “But there are always positives in matches like this and we saw improvement.”
BVA is at Brownsville in a section match Wednesday.
Elizabeth Forward 5, Uniontown 1
EF remained perfect in Section 4 AA play with its win Monday.
Liz Biddle and Rachel Bakewell each scored twice and Natalee Chornak added a goal for EF (2-2-1, 2-0).
“We played much better than we did Saturday,” coach Gary Myers said. “We started out slow and were behind by a goal but tied it going into halftime.
“Once we got the second goal halfway through the second half, our girls picked up our pace and our play and then we added the last three goals in the last 15 minutes.”
EF (2-2-1, 2-0) is at Ringgold in a key section match Wednesday night.
Ringgold 1, Waynesburg 0
Ringgold (2-2, 2-1) picked up a key Section 4 AA road win Monday at Waynesburg, 1-0.
“This was a great bounce back win for us,” Ringgold coach Tom Cameron said, referring to his team’s loss to BVA Saturday night. “Waynesburg played us even and this was a great game. We needed this one.”
Aliana Nickolls played a loose ball off a corner kick and gave Ringgold the only goal it needed 16 minutes into the match.
Carly Kristobek made eight saves for Ringgold.
“This was important for us, especially with us winning on the road,” Cameron said. “Now we have to have a good practice to get ready for EF.”
Ringgold hosts Elizabeth Forward Wednesday night in a key section match.
Charleroi 7, Beth-Center 0
Charleroi (3-2, 2-1) scored early and often in its Section 2 A win.
“I am happy with our performance and it is always nice for all of the girls to get playing time,” Charleroi coach Jim Rue said. “We have room for improvement, but I am always happy with a win.”
Halee Fedrick and Kyra Watkins each scored twice, while Aislyn Lee, Anna Iacovino and Adrianna Gottheld added scores.
Shayla Watkins made two saves to earn the shutout for Charleroi.
While Rue was happy with his team’s performance, he says they need to convert more chances.
“We have to do a better job of scoring and convert better than we are,” Rue said. “Our shooting percentage has to get better.”
Charleroi is at Chartiers-Houston in a section match Wednesday.
Yough 4, Mt. Pleasant 0
Yough (2-0-1, 1-0) opened its Section 1 AA schedule Monday night with a shutout win.
“Both team played really well,” Yough coach Dann Appolonia said. “It was a possession game and I think both coaches walked away happy with the effort.
“It was a good game.”
Natalie Luppold scored twice to pace Yough while Alex O’Brien and Shawna Zaken both added a tally.
Leah Appolonia made five saves to extend her school-record of shutouts to 28.
Yough hosts Derry in a section match Wednesday night.
Serra 6, Monessen 0
The Lady Greyhounds (0-4, 0-3) dropped a Section 2 A match at home to perennial playoff participant Serra Catholic. Monessen heads to Beth-Center Wednesday for a section match.
Boys Waynesburg 4, Charleroi 0
Charleroi dropped a home match to Waynesburg.
“We played a poor game and they outhustled us and beat us to every ball,” Charleroi coach Ron Hostovich said. “We need to play a lot better (Tuesday).”
Charleroi (1-1-1) returns to Section 4 AA play tonight, hosting Bentworth.
Bill Hughes is a freelance writer.