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Highlights: Upper St. Clair falls, 1-0

Butler upsets WPIAL girls' champion in first round

Wednesday, November 07, 2001

From local dispatches

Upper St. Clair helped Butler get in the PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer playoffs by winning the WPIAL championship last week.

Butler (17-6-1) showed its gratitude by upsetting Upper St. Clair, 1-0, last night at Elizabeth Forward Stadium in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Butler lost to Upper St. Clair 7-2, two weeks ago in the WPIAL quarterfinals.

Butler sophomore forward Annie Lowry scored seven minutes into the game on an assist from junior midfielder Meghan Schnur.

The Butler defense made the goal stand up. Goalkeepers Jessica Onufer and Jen Kienzele posted the shutout. Onufer came out of the game because of an injury with 15 minutes left.

"We came to play tonight," Butler Coach Marlene Peoples said. "We were prepared defensively against them this time."

Upper St. Clair (20-2-3) saw a 15-game unbeaten streak snapped.

Class AAA girls' soccer

Mt. Lebanon, a PIAA finalist the past three years, took a step toward another championship game berth. Mt. Lebanon rallied for a 2-1 victory against Erie McDowell. The Blue Devils' goals were scored by Lisa Pascoli and Christine Ganz with 31 seconds remaining. Mt. Lebanon trailed 1-0 at halftime.

City League champion Schenley gave Norwin a competitive game before losing, 2-1. Freshman Jessica Fix gave the Knights a 1-0 lead midway in the first half. Debbie Painter countered with a goal for Schenley three minutes later on an assist from Ashley Simon. Fix then scored with 14 minutes left in the first half. Norwin shut down Schenley's high-scoring forward, junior Mandela Schumacher-Hodge.

Class AA girls' soccer

Mars shut down the highest- scoring player in the area, Karns City forward Leslie Barnhart, giving the Planets a 4-0 first round win against the Grelims. Mars led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Naomi Homison. Britney Vincent, Terra Ferderber and Varonica Jeremko scored in the second half. Goalkeeper Haley Wojdowski had seven saves for Mars.

"We played them to a one-goal game during a scrimmage in the preseason, so we expected another close game," Mars Coach Dale Giovengo said.

Quaker Valley blew a three-goal halftime lead but was able to pull out a 6-5 first-round victory against Fairview. Meta Haley's goal with 56 seconds left provided the Quakers with the winning score. Haley finished with two goals.

Kara Vezza and Amy Tirimacco also scored twice for Quaker Valley.

Sewickley Academy downed North Star, 1-0.

Heather Michael scored midway in the first half for the Panthers. Sewickley goalie Liz Carrier came up with four saves.

Class AAA boys' soccer

Erie Cathedral Prep eliminated Mt. Lebanon, 2-1, in the first round. The Blue Devils' Matt Chivers tied the score with a goal midway through the second half. The Ramblers got the winning score with 13 minutes left.

"We had a good game plan and we took it to them," Mt. Lebanon Coach Ron Wilcher said. "I'm disappointed with the result. We gave them everything we had."

Fox Chapel upset State College, 3-1, in a first-round contest. Tim Wilson, Drew Majerick and Steve Warden scored goals for the Foxes, the WPIAL runner-up. Fox Chapel goalie Norb Garbisch recorded nine saves.

Upper St. Clair routed City League champion Allderdice, 8-1. The Panthers led, 4-0, at halftime. Chris Madden scored twice for Upper St. Clair. Conor Lee scored a goal and had three assists.

WPIAL champion Chartiers Valley blanked Baldwin, 3-0, in the first round. Andrew Enrietti, Travis MacKenzie and Dave Valentino tallied goals for the Colts.

Class AA boys' soccer

South Park fell to Ligonier Valley, 3-2, in overtime. Adam Zeleznick and Brandon Smith scored for the Eagles with each assisting on the other player's goal.

Beaver rallied to defeat Clearfield, 3-2, with a three-goal second-half outburst. Dave Wilson scored twice for the Bobcats with Scott Bradshaw adding a goal. Wilson got the winner with 25 minutes left.

Shady Side Academy nipped General McLane in two overtimes, 4-3. Shady Side's goals were scored by Ben Scott, Tom Sochacki and twice for Jon Fleishman, son of Coach Harry Fleishman. The sudden-death goal occurred in the fourth minute of the second 10-minute overtime period.

Class AA boys' soccer

WPIAL champion Sewickley Academy edged Fannet Metal, 1-0, in a first round game. Doug Liefeld scored with 22:56 left in the game. Blaise Milburn got the assist. Sewickley outshot its opponent 22-4.

Dan Campbell's three goals led Westmont-Hilltop to a 4-0 triumph against Redbank Valley. Westmont-Hilltop led 2-0 at halftime.

Pine-Richland blocks a shot by Montour's Lindsay Bihler in their PIAA Class AAA first-round match. (John Heller, Post-Gazette)

McConnellsburg downed Greensburg Central Catholic, 3-2, in overtime in the first round. Jeff Farrell scored twice for the losing Centurions. "McConnellsburg was a much bigger team physically than we were," Greensburg Central Coach Tom Kennedy said. "We made some mistakes and they took advantage."

Girls' volleyball

North Allegheny swept City League champion Carrick in a PIAA Class AAA first round match at Ambridge, 15-7, 15-5, 15-6, handing the Raiders their second loss this year. In the other first-round contest played at Ambridge, WPIAL champion Pine-Richland routed Montour, 15-7, 15-8, 15-4. Pine-Richland and North Allegheny advance to the PIAA championship tournament in Shippensburg, where they will begin round robin pool play against Conestoga Valley and Allentown Central Catholic.

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