Yough had its best season in program history, as the Lady Cougars advanced to the WPIAL Class AA final and the state tournament, which gave head coach Dann Appolonia’s team the nod as the overall top squad on the 2019 Herald-Standard All-Area Team.
Yough tied South Park for first place in Section 3-AA at 10-1-1 before defeating Highlands, 10-1, Burrell, 1-0, and Freeport, 3-0, to advance to the WPIAL Class AA Championship, where it lost in double overtime to North Catholic, 1-0. The Lady Cougars suffered a 4-2 setback to Villa Maria (Erie) in the first round of the state playoffs to finish their season at 17-3-1.
Belle Vernon ran away with the Section 2-AAA title at 12-0 before rallying past Ambridge, 3-2, to open the playoffs. The Lady Leopards used that momentum to blank Oakland Catholic, 1-0, but fell to Mars, 2-0, in the semifinals. Belle Vernon suffered a 3-0 setback to West Allegheny in the third-place consolation match for a spot in the state playoffs. The Lady Leopards, who were led by head coach Tracy Lovett, were 16-5 overall this year.
Bentworth continued to shine, and the Tyler Hamstra-led Lady Bearcats won Section 2-A at 12-0. Bentworth downed Mohawk, 6-1, and Serra Catholic, 3-1, but suffered a 5-1 setback to eventual WPIAL Class A champion and state runner-up Shady Side Academy in the semifinals. The Lady Bearcats’ season came to an end at the hands of Freedom (7-2) in the third-place consolation match. Bentworth was 18-3 this year.
Brownsville showed it was not just Tessa Dellarose in advancing to the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals, although the sophomore and University of North Carolina recruit did her fair share of work in scoring 49 goals. The Lady Falcons, who are coached by Cedar Brunache, finished at 6-6 in Section 3-AA to tie Mount Pleasant for fourth place and qualify for the postseason. Brownsville rallied for 3-2 victory over Steel Valley in the first round before dropping a 2-1 setback to eventual champion North Catholic in the quarterfinals. The Lady Falcons’ overall season record was 10-7.
Connellsville (12-6), Elizabeth Forward (8-8), Ringgold (8-11), Laurel Highlands (7-11), Waynesburg Central (10-7), Mount Pleasant (10-7) and Beth-Center (8-10) also qualified for the playoffs.
Connellsville’s Callie Cunningham is the big school Player of the Year, while Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose is the small school Player of the Year.
Albert Gallatin: Abby Barnes, Sara Dodson, Nina Grimes, Gabby Sloboda, Mia Swanson.
Belle Vernon: Jillian Butchki, Morgan Einodshofer, Marissa Grubbs, Adeline Guess, Grace Henderson, Chloe Morgan.
Connellsville: Heather Ansell, Shelby Basinger, Callie Cunningham, Nevaeh Hamborsky, Cayde Koballa, Mary Kate Lape, Madison Shoemaker, Allison Zavatchan.
Elizabeth Forward: Natalie Beinlich, Jordan Pinneri, Bria Vahosky.
Laurel Highlands: Abby Beatty, Sydney Chiado, Julie Cooper, Journey Greer, Hannah Newman, Jillian Verbus.
Ringgold: Carly Lutz, Kylee Pry.
Uniontown: Ashlyn Barcheck, Becca Burke, Gabba Burke, Skylar Hone, Hanna Merschat.
Brownsville: Talia Dellarose, Tessa Dellarose, Malaree Duggan, Kami Franks, Vanessa Milne, Gracie Stetson, Chloe Wright.
Mount Pleasant: Mackenzie Leeder, Brooke Ulery, Tiffany Zelmore.
Southmoreland: Olivia Cernuto, Taylor Klingensmith.
Waynesburg Central: Ashlyn Basinger, McKenzie Booth, Jillian Kijowski, Rhea Kijowski, Kayley Pell, Kylie Sinn.
Yough: Gianna Appolonia, Justine Appolonia, Amber Biros, Sara Krofcheck, McKenzie Pritts, Hadley Sleith, Natalie Vilchek.
Bentworth: Tessa Charpentier, Lindsay Davis, Jasmine Manning, Paige Marshalek, Caroline Rice, Hannah Roberts, Reagan Schreiber, Rori Schreiber, Jocelyn Timlin.
Beth-Center: Ella Boothe.
Charleroi: Lexi Johnson, Bella Skobel.
Geibel Catholic: Alex Caldwell, Amanda Hoffer, Liz Kozel, Tatum Lucero.