FALLOWFIELD TWP. — Charleroi found a way to score three “quick” goals Monday night in its Section 2-A girls soccer match against rival Monessen as the Lady Cougars won in overtime, 3-2.
Megan Sterner had two goals for the Lady Cougars, including the game-winner in overtime.
“It was a soccer sloppy game on both sides because of the rain,” said Charleroi coach Traci Fleming. “But this win is good for morale and we will take it.”
“It was a great effort, I just wish we were on the other side of the outcome,” said Monessen coach Bill Halinka. “The girls tried and put together a competitive game and it could have gone either way.”
Charleroi (3-3, 3-2) jumped on the board quickly when Bella Skobel scored with 36:56 to play in the first half.
Monessen (1-5, 1-4) tied the match on its first shot of the contest with 20:49 to go in the first half when Joelle Robinson was able to get past the defense and bury the ball in the back of the net.
The match remained tied 1-1 into the half, but the Lady Cougars once again scored quickly to take the lead early in the second half.
Megan Sterner outraced the Monessen defense towards the goal and placed it above Lady Greyhounds keeper Maddie Telegraphis with 38:01 to play in regulation.
However, Monessen’s defense, led by center defender Milana Sacco, shut the Lady Cougars down the rest of regulation.
Charleroi keeper Taylor Boyd picked the ball up outside of the goalie box and Monessen was award a direct kick at 34:50. Boyd was filling in for Lexi Perry, her first game in goal for the Lady Cougars.
However, Sydney Caterino’s direct kick went wide to the left of the net by mere inches.
“We had new players playing new positions and it showed at times,” said Fleming. “The girls did enough to win tonight.”
Just like in the first half, the Lady Greyhounds scored to tie the game with Kinsey Wilson finding the back of the net with 22:36 left.
Monessen missed a golden opportunity to take the lead with 11:50 to play wen Mya Pettuska played a rebound, but missed the goal to the right from point-blank range.
Just like it did early in both the first and second halves, Charleroi scored fast in overtime to win as Sterner put in the winning goal with 8:33 to go.
“I have to ride them for some reason and give them a little bit of heck,” joked Fleming. “We kept taking the lead but gave it up.
“It is up to the leaders to take care of it.”
Monessen is at Chartiers-Houston in a section match Wednesday, while Charleroi is at Beth-Center Thursday.