Jocelyn Gratchic scored the match’s only goal and goalkeeper Madison Kinneer made it stand in Connellsville’s 1-0 road victory Tuesday night at Belle Vernon in Section 2-AAA play.
Gratchic scored on a free kick from the edge of the box with 3:06 left in the first half. She lofted the shot over the head of Belle Vernon goalkeeper Victoria Rodriguez. The free kick was from a foul called on Mary Kate Lape.
Kinneer faced five shots to preserve the shutout. Connellsville finished with 12 shots.
“(Belle Vernon) had one corner they could’ve scored on, but it hit over the crossbar,” said Connellsville coach Jeff Puskar.
The Lady Falcons improve to 3-0 in the section and 3-1 overall, and the win comes on the heels of Saturday’s 8-1 win at Trinity. Belle Vernon goes to 1-2 in the section and 3-2 overall.
“We were up 3-1 at halftime. We scored the first goal of the second half and (Trinity) deflated. They gave up interest,” noted Puskar.
Puskar said of the key early victories, “We’re happy. Belle Vernon is always tough at home.”
Lape scored a hat trick against Trinity. Gratchic and Brook Lindstrom both scored two goals, and Neveah Hamborsky added a solo goal. Kinneer made five saves.
Mount Pleasant 2, Waynesburg Central 0 — Maggie Piper and Marissa Garn scored goals for the Lady Vikings for a Section 3-AA road victory at Waynesburg.
Mount Pleasant improves to 1-0-0 in the section and 4-1-0 overall. The Lady Raiders are 0-1-0 in the section and 0-2-0 overall.
Southmoreland 12, Brownsville 0 — Olivia Cernuto scored four goals in the first half to lead the Lady Scots to a Section 3-AA win over the visiting Lady Falcons.
Kendall Fabery added a hat trick for Southmoreland (1-0-0, 3-0-1), and Aubrey Sedar, Taylor Klingensmith, Amanda Hoffer, Gabby Fabery and Kiley Queer scored one goal apiece.
Brownsville goes to 0-1-0 in the section and 1-2-0 overall.
Yough 2, McGuffey 0 — Kendalyn Umbel and Madison Hodge scored to spark the Lady Cougars to a victory in the Section 3-AA opener on the road at McGuffey.
Yough remains undefeated, improving to 1-0-0 in the section and 4-0-0 overall. McGuffey goes to 0-1-0 in the section and 2-2-0 overall.
Thomas Jefferson 3, Belle Vernon 0 — The Lady Jaguars won a Section 3-AAA road match by shutting out the Lady Leopards.
Thomas Jefferson won by the scores, 25-12, 25-9, 25-11.
Gianna Anderson finished with 12 kills for Belle Vernon (0-2, 2-2). Ally Sedlak had four kills and Gabby Serrao added two aces.
Uniontown 3, Yough 0 — The Lady Raiders swept to a Section 3-AAA road victory over the Lady Cougars.
Uniontown won by the scores, 25-19, 25-16, 25-10.
Amiah DeShields finished with four kills and five blocks for the Lady Raiders. Riley Baker and Abby Wystepek combined for 21 assists. Sequoia Dunlap finished with a team-high nine aces. Naveah McCargo had eight digs.
Albert Gallatin 3, Laurel Highlands 0 — The Lady Colonials swept past Laurel Highlands for a Section 3-AAA victory.
Albert Gallatin (3-0) won by the scores, 25-14, 25-19, 25-14.
The Lady Colonials received strong efforts from Liz Murtha (3 aces, 10 kills, 5 digs, 3 blocks), DJ Thomas (3 kills, 3 aces), Emma Eckert (12 assists), Hailey Lynn (2 aces), Laney Wilson (3 blocks, 9 kills), Kennedy Felio (11 assists), and Courtlyn Turner (3 blocks).
Carmichaels 3, Brownsville 0 — The Lady Mikes returned home with a Section 3-AA victory.
Carmichaels (2-0, 2-0) swept to victory by the scores, 25-14, 25-15, 25-23.
Kendall Ellsworth had a solid all-around performance for the Lady Mikes with 16 assists, five aces and 12 service points. Beth Cree finished with five aces and nine kills. Sophia Zalar contributed four kills and two blocks. Aliyah Thomas had a team-high 18 service points.
Brownsville slips to 0-3.
Ringgold 3, West Mifflin 1 — The Lady Rams dropped the third set, but rallied to take the fourth for a Section 2-AAA road victory.
Ringgold won the first two sets, 25-12 and 25-17, but lost the third, 25-15. The visitors rallied to take their third straight victory by winning the fourth set, 25-16.
Azariah White finished with five kills and five digs for the Lady Rams. Sydney Wilson had eight digs and Lacey Kalinowski finished with three kills.
Frazier 3, Beth-Center 0 — The Lady Commodores remained undefeated with a Section 3-AA road victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Frazier (3-0, 4-0) won by the scores, 25-7, 25-11, 25-14.
Jensyn Hartman was tough at the net for the Lady Commodores with 14 kills. Gracen Hartman dished out 20 assists. Molly Yauch finished with 15 service points and Maddie Stefancik added 11. Braylin Salisbury finished with three blocks.
Jefferson-Morgan 3, Geibel Catholic 0 — The Lady Rockets went on the road for a Section 2-A victory over the Lady Gators.
Jefferson-Morgan: Anna Uveges (5 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks), Isabelle Bazzoli (4 kills, 2 blocks), Mia Baker (18 service points, 5 aces), Kayla Larkin (10 service points, 4 aces, 4 assists), and Ali Ostrich (8 digs, 5 assists) all contributed in the Lady Rockets’ victory.
West Greene 3, Chartiers-Houston 0 — The Lady Pioneers shut out the visiting Lady Bucs for a Section 2-A victory.
West Greene won by the scores, 25-11, 25-22, 25-21.
Kasie Meek led West Greene with 11 kills. MacKenzie Wise added nine kills. BreAnn Jackson had a game-high 40 assists and London Whipkey finished with 11 digs.
Oakland Catholic 3, Connellsville 0 — The Eagles swept past the Lady Falcons for a Section 3-AAAA road victory.
Gianna Zamperini had eight blocks and seven kills for Connellsville. Rylan Musgrove had 18 assists and Hillary Claycomb finished with seven kills.
Bentworth 3, Washington 0 — The Lady Bearcats swept past the Prexies for a Section 4-AA road victory.
Bentworth won by the scores, 25-13, 25-14, 25-12.
The Lady Bearcats had noteworthy performances by Sarah Schiccitano (4 kills, 2 blocks), Grace Skerbetz (6 aces, 3 kills), Jocelyn Babirad (5 aces, 10 assists), and Chelsea Dindal (3 kills).
Geibel Catholic 204, Derry 342 — Claire Konieczny was medalist to lead the Lady Gators to a Section 1-AA road victory at Latrobe Elks.
Konieczny shot 45. Kharisma Zylka finished with 53 for Geibel.
Bethany Dixon was the low golfer for the Lady Trojans with 54. Allie Chamberlain shot a 56.
Greensburg C.C. 161, Southmoreland 236 — Megan Zambruno fired a 2-under 35 at Mt. Odin Golf Course to lead the Lady Centurions to a Section 1-A victory over the visiting Lady Scots.
Izzy Aigner shot 37 and Ella Zambruno finished with 39 for Greensburg C.C. Sophie Price was the low golfer for Southmoreland with 50.