Stadiums and gymnasiums were abuzz with activity Saturday with most of the area’s volleyball and soccer teams in action in tournament play.
The Fayette County Coaches Association hosted its annual boys and girls soccer and volleyball tournament.
The Brownsville girls soccer team had a strong start to its season with a pair of wins at Bill Power Stadium. The Lady Falcons opened with a 10-1 win against Uniontown and then followed with a 9-0 shutout of Ringgold at Connellsville Stadium.
Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose scored all five goals in the first half against the Lady Raiders. Gracie Stetson assisted on three goals and Talia Dellarose helped on another.
Uniontown’s Hanna Merschat broke the Brownsville string of goals early in the second half, but Chloe Wright, from Tessa Dellarose, answered about a minute later.
Vanessa Milne netted an unassisted goal and Stetson, from Tessa Dellarose, found the back of the net.
Tessa Dellarose capped her strong performance with the final two goals of the match with the last goal assisted by Stetson.
Kami Franks and Kylie Dunker combined to make seven saves for the Lady Falcons.
Stetson and the Dellaroses provided the offense in the shutout win over the Lady Rams. Stetson scored four goals, Tessa Dellarose netted a hat trick and Talia Dellarose added a pair of goals. Franks and Dunker combined for five saves to preserve the shutout.
The Lady Raiders had a tough go in their second match of the tournament, dropping a 10-0 decision to Bentworth at Bill Power Stadium.
Jocelyn Timlin and Paige Marshalek both scored a hat trick for the Lady Bearcats. Tessa Carpenter netted a pair of goals, and Reagan Schreiber and Rori Schreiber each added a second-half goal.
Bentworth goalkeeper Jasmine Manning was helped in the first half with one Uniontown shot hitting a post and another clanking off the crossbar.
The Lady Bearcats had a tougher match later in the afternoon, edging Ringgold, 2-1. Timlin scored both goals for Bentworth.
“We had a slow start with Uniontown, leading only 2-0 at half. We really had a great second half. We scored 12 seconds into the second half and didn’t let up,” said Bentworth coach Tyler Hamstra. “Against Ringgold, we controlled the game and had a lot of opportunities. We wasted away a few of them, but Kylee Pry is the best keeper in the Mon Valley and she made several key saves to keep Ringgold in the game. It easily could of been very lopsided.
“Other than just tired legs on a hot early season game with two matches, I thought we played well. Just excited to give girls a few days off and work on little things.”
In other action from the FCCA girls tournament, Altoona shut out Laurel Highlands, 5-0, and Albert Gallatin defeated Geibel Catholic, 8-2.
Callie Cunningham was difficult for host Belle Vernon to defend with the senior scoring all four Connellsville goals in a 4-2 victory over the Lady Leopards in the Paul Sasko Kickoff Classic.
Cunningham scored the lone goal of the first half from a Mary Kate Lape assist, and then tallied the first two goals of the second half for the natural hat trick. Belle Vernon’s Danielle Engstrom broke the string with a goal at 35:21, but Cunningham, from Lape, found the back of the net about a minute later.
Belle Vernon’s Isabella Laurita closed the scoring at 38:26 on a free kick.
The Lady Falcons’ Allison Zavatchan made 11 saves to preserve the win, while Grace Henderson turned aside 10 shots to keep Belle Vernon in the game.
Connellsville plays Monessen, who lost to Latrobe, 8-0, this afternoon, while the Lady Leopards play Latrobe.
Host Chartiers-Houston defeated Beth-Center, 3-1. The Mount Pleasant girls had an easy time at Jeannette, opening the season with an 11-1 non-section victory.
Albert Gallatin handed new coach Tim Flecker a pair of victories Saturday afternoon in the boys FCCA tournament with a 3-0 win over Brownsville and 3-0 shutout of Beth-Center.
Luke Flecker scored the only goal of the first half and Kalen Steeber put two balls into the back of the net in the second half to secure the win against the Falcons.
The Colonials’ Christian Hicks and Nate McCusker combined for four saves to preserve the shutout. Nate Kovscek and Bryce Fisher split time in the Brownsville goal, combining for 13 saves.
The Falcons came back with a 3-0 victory over Geibel Catholic in a night match. The score was 0-0 at the half before Nick Climes broke the tie for Brownsville with Thomas Ruffcorn adding a pair of insurance goals. Kovscek made eight saves in recording the shutout.
The Bentworth boys split their two matches, shutting out Uniontown, 8-0, and losing to host Laurel Highlands, 4-3.
Beth-Center shut out Uniontown, 4-0.
Connellsville presented rookie coach Alexander Guie a victory with a 3-1 win over Highlands in the Paul Sasko Kickoff Classic.
The Ringgold boys lost to tournament host Canon-McMillan, 7-0, but came back with a 3-0 win against Southmoreland. Frankie Lowstetter scored a pair of goals and Brian Long added another as Ringgold put 21 shots on the Southmoreland goal. Zach Kalinowski made four saves to preserve the shutout.
The Scotties also suffered a 3-0 loss to Obama Academy.
Burrell defeated Waynesburg Central, 4-2, in the Chartiers-Houston Tournament.
Connellsville hosted the FCCA Volleyball tournament last year and the Lady Falcons defeated Laurel Highlands in the championship.
Laurel Highlands was the host squad this year and the Fillies took the title with a 25-16 win over the Lady Falcons.
“We pulled away at the end,” said Laurel Highlands coach Emily Konter. “We played Connellsville last year and it was pretty close.”
Konter said it was good to get on the court against other teams.
“You get a better sense facing other teams of where you’re standing,” said Konter, who opens Section 3-AAA play Tuesday against Elizabeth Forward.
Laurel Highlands swept through pool play, defeating Southmoreland, California, Belle Vernon and Carmichaels all by a 2-0 score. Connellsville also ran through their pool with sweeps of Uniontown, Albert Gallatin, Brownsville and Geibel Catholic.
Carmichaels finished second in its pool with 2-0 wins over California, Southmoreland and Belle Vernon. The Lady Mikes lost in the first round to Uniontown, 25-21.
“I thought it went really well,” said first-year coach Julianne Speeney. “They were putting into action things I’ve been working on. We just need some tweaking.”
Carmichaels opens Section 2-A play Tuesday against California.