NEW CASTLE —
The Neshannock High girls soccer team was in cruise control last night.
Sydne Slingluff and Caitlin Trotta scored two goals each to lead the Lady Lancers to a 10-0 WPIAL Section 1-A road win over South Side Beaver.
Marissa DeMatteo, Jenna Herman, Annie Litrenta, Angela DeBlasio, Annlyn Van Eman and Meg McCarthy posted one goal apiece for the winners.
Neshannock (8-3-1 section, 9-4-1 overall) is firmly in second place. Sewickley Academy leads the league at 11-0, 11-0-1. The top four teams in Class A reach advance to the WPIAL playoffs.
The Lady Lancers led 5-0 at the half.
“It definitely was a game where we had to focus on some of our finer points,” Neshannock coach Christine McConnell said. “We made sure in the second half we really worked on that.
“The goal scoring was pretty spread out. It was nice to be able to have the opportunity to get other girls some experience.”
Mangino paces Mohawk
Mikala Mangino scored three goals, lifting the Lady Warriors to a 5-2 Section 1-A home win over New Brighton.
Mohawk (6-4-1, 7-5-1) took charge in the second half, breaking a 1-1 halftime deadlock.
Amber Daugherty and Mackenzie Moon scored one goal apiece for the Lady Warriors.
Mangino, Daugherty, Ayla Chapman and Asheli Freed notched one assist each for the winners.
Aliya Gage made 16 saves in goal for Mohawk, which is 2-0-1 in its last three games. The Lady Warriors are tied for third place in the section standings with Quigley Catholic (6-4-1, 7-6-1). Mohawk won the first matchup, 4-2.
Lancers hold on
Neshannock’s David Tice and Connor Richards scored one goal each in a 2-1 Section 5-A road verdict over South Side Beaver.
Pat Danglidis and Josh Maggi had one assist each for the Lancers (2-7, 3-9-1).
Neshannock led 2-1 at the half.
Maggi had 13 saves in goal to preserve the win.
BCC upsets Laurel
The Lady Spartans’ championship hopes suffered a blow as they dropped a 20-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-12 Section 3-A road decision to Beaver County Christian.
Mackenzie Mraz led Laurel (7-2, 9-3) with 11 kills and seven points. Rachael Baker was next with five kills and seven points.
Leah Telesz supplied nine kills, four points and four aces for the Lady Spartans, while Allie Collier slammed 11 kills. Ellen Shaffer added six kills and Makayla Dupont provided 32 assists.
“Their ability to finish is something we’ve been struggling with all season,” Laurel coach Nikki Downing said. “You can’t let teams hang with you if you have bigger goals in mind.
“(Last night) was completely us. The team didn’t play aggressive. We made stupid errors and they took it from us. Hopefully this doesn’t kill us for the rest of the season.”
The Lady Spartans never led in the deciding fifth game.
Laurel won the JV match, 26-24, 25-21.
Emily Gibson recorded 12 points and five aces for the Lady Spartans and Stephanie Telesz followed with seven points.
Callie Ritchie notched six kills and Morgan Ritchie handed out 10 assists.