Ringgold blanks Lady Leps
CARROLL TWP — During the first 60 minutes of Wednesday night’s game at Ringgold Stadium, Ringgold High’s girls’ soccer team faced some competition from a Class AAA Sec. 6 opponent for the first time.
The Lady Rams then scored four times in the final 20 minutes on their way to another section blowout, 6-0, over Belle Vernon Area.
Although the Lady Rams pulled away in the final minutes, BVA clearly has improved since Ringgold handed the Lady Leps a much more one-sided 7-0 loss earlier in the season.
“They played very hard tonight,” Ringgold coach Dave Molisee said. “They definitely have gotten better since the last time we faced them.”
Ringgold (11-1, 8-0) was coming off an emotional high after Monday’s 6-0 victory over Elizabeth Forward, the team viewed by many as the closest thing resembling competition for Ringgold in Sec. 6.
But the Lady Leps (6-5, 5-3) only trailed 2-0 at halftime, and easily could have scored on two opportunities in the first half.
“I have to take responsibility for some of that,” Molisee said. “I think there was a little bit of a letdown after the win against Elizabeth Forward.”
Ringgold came out firing early in the first half, and another easy win looked to be in order.
Mandy Shine started the scoring six minutes into the contest when she found a loose ball in front of the Belle Vernon net and banged it in for her 22nd goal, which ranks her third in WPIAL scoring.
Less than two minutes later, Ringgold struck again.
Michelle Dipaola, Ringgold’s best play maker, centered a pass to Sarah Hogya, who gave Ringgold an early 2-0 lead.
For the rest of the first half, BVA played on relatively even terms with Ringgold, even mustering a couple of scoring chances.
Late in the half, BVA forward Brooke Panepinto made a move past Ringgold’s Tricia Cerar, and managed to get past goal keeper Valerie Rogers. But Panepinto was unable to control the ball well enough to register a shot into the vacated net.
The Lady Leps’ Jesse Gira broke past the Ringgold defense early in the second half, but her shot at an empty net missed only inches to the right.
The Lady Leps never threatened again.
After looking sluggish most of the night, Ringgold exploded for four late goals. Beverly Rogers made it 3-0 when she headed a pass from Shine off a corner kick into the Lady Leps’ net.
Five minutes later, Hogya scored her second goal of the night when she took an exceptional pass from Dipaola to make it 4-0.
Dipaola and Katie Yohe scored in the game’s final minutes for Ringgold’s final two goals.
BVA coach John McKivitz was not pleased that Molisee left his starters in for the whole game, but he was pleased with his own team’s play.
So pleased was McKivitz with the Lady Leps’ performance, he made this assessment: “We’re going to make the playoffs, and we’re going to go past the first round.”