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The Geibel girls soccer team has a tendency to get off to a slow start before coming on stronger in the second half. Southmoreland, on the other hand, likes to start off strong, so when the teams met Monday at Geibel, the Lady Scotties jumped out to a quick lead. Despite a couple of late-game goals, the Lady Gators couldn’t catch up, falling 9-2 in the Section 1-AA match-up.

“We scored two,” Geibel head coach George Dzavan said, noting that it would have been easy for his team to give up after falling behind early in the contest. “But we stayed in there. We just can’t start at the beginning and play 80 minutes yet, and it showed.”

Southmoreland assistant coach Brian Shrum said once the Lady Scotties had a lead, the focus was on keeping the game fun and the players prepared for what comes next.

“We’re just trying to keep them up and keep them ready for upcoming games,” he said, explaining that Southmoreland takes on Monessen on Wednesday, then faces Jeannette a week later. Also in that stretch is a non-section game against nearby rival Mount Pleasant.

Before taking on any of those teams, though, Southmoreland had to get past the Lady Gators, and the team didn’t waste any time getting started. Ally Richardson put the Lady Scotties up 1-0 in the first few minutes of the game, and although Liz Sunseri made a couple of nice efforts for Geibel, Southmoreland regained control of the ball. Goalie Sabrina Szabo made the initial save on a shot from the Lady Scotties, but the ball rolled away, and Vanessa Able tapped in the rebound. After a flurry in front of Geibel’s net, Rebecca Moxley got by Szabo to make it 3-0.

Able scored again, and Brianna Conty and Brooke Zucco each found the net in the last minutes of the first half as Southmoreland grabbed a 6-0 lead.

The second half was more of the same, with the Lady Scotties taking possession of the ball quickly. Able put in a pass from Moxley to notch her third goal of the game, and soon after that, Richardson charted her second of the day.

The Lady Gators, playing a little more aggressively in the second half, got the ball in Southmoreland’s end, and though goalkeeper Ashley Williams turned one weak shot aside, Andrea Shepler got the ball back and stormed toward Williams. A host of Lady Scotties kept the ball away from the net, though, and Sherrie Pritts responded by going to the other end of the field and scoring.

With the game virtually out of reach, Geibel kept pressing. Eventually, the team’s determination paid off, with Jessica Davis getting the ball to Kaitlyn Fagan, who sent a hard kick past Williams. With time running down, Davis got a goal of her own on a pass from Celine McNeil. But the rally came a little too late, as the Lady Scotties took home the win.

Geibel (2-8, 2-10) will host Carmichaels on Wednesday, and Southmoreland (8-2, 9-4) will entertain Monessen.

The Lady Scotties lost to Greensburg Central Catholic, 3-2, on Saturday. Heather Graft scored both goals for Southmoreland, and in junior varsity action, Kelly Rollinson scored the only goal of the game to lift the Lady Scotties to a 1-0 win.


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