BVA playoff hopes alive after win
ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP – Belle Vernon Area kept its playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 win over visiting East Allegheny Tuesday.
With the victory, the Leps (8-6-1, 5-5) avenged a 3-1 loss and climbed into third place, a point ahead of the Wildcats (6-5-1, 4-5-1) in Class AA’s Sec. 1.
‘We played a good all-around game,’ said BVA head coach Rob Jenkins. ‘Our kids stepped it up tonight. We have been practicing hard. We played as a team the whole game. Instead of playing in spurts or individually, we played as a team.’
‘Our kids did it for each other and not for themselves,’ said Leps assistant coach Rob Bushell. ‘This was a big win.’
Junior J. Scott Visnich scored both goals for the hosts.
‘J. Scott played another solid game for us,’ said Leps head coach Rob Jenkins. ‘He has played well all year.’
Visnich got the Leps on the board at 13:30 when he took a pass from senior Kellan Revetta and put in the net.
‘Kellan made a great pass to J. Scott,’ said Jenkins. ‘He hit it from the outside left part of the field to the right side. It was a great pass.’
Then, after being tackled with 31:32 gone in the first half, Visnich scored on a penalty kick to give the Leps an insurance goal.
‘By hustling, J. Scott was taken down,’ said Jenkins. ‘That was a big goal for us.’
‘We didn’t let East Allegheny get back in the game. Our kids knew that they would come back strong. But we held them off.’
Junior Alan Puglia and sophomore Josh Wrona combined for seven saves to earn the shutout for the Leps.
‘We had to have this game if we were to have a chance at the playoffs,’ said Jenkins. ‘But we have another big game Thursday.’
That’s when the Leps travel to second-place Southmoreland (10-3-1, 8-1-1), an 11-1 winner over Derry yesterday.
East Allegheny closes its season with home games against first place Mt. Pleasant and Yough while the Leps entertain Elizabeth Forward in their last game Tuesday.