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Girls Soccer: Surprising Charleroi captures section title

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South Allegheny was the defending Section 2-A champion and preseason favorite to repeat. But last season and this preseason did not matter to a Charleroi team that swept the Gladiators, surprised many and captured the Section 2-A title. The Cougars made it official on Wednesday with a 4-1 home win against Serra Catholic. The win gave Charleroi (13-2, 11-1) a two-game lead over South Allegheny (10-4, 9-3) with only two section games remaining. The Cougars can easily make it an outright section title if it can win at Geibel Catholic (3-7-1, 3-7-1) on Monday or at home against Monessen (0-13, 0-12) on Wednesday.

Halee Fedrick scored two goals in the section-clinching win against Serra. The Cougars swept the season series against South Allegheny. It's only blemish came in a loss to Bentworth. In the second meeting against the Bearcats, Charleroi exacted some revenge with a win, a game in which Fedrick scored the game-winner. She also netted a hat trick in a 6-0 win against Chartiers-Houston this season.

 

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Girls Soccer: Charleroi surprising in Section 2-A

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There have been early-season ups and downs for the Charleroi girls soccer team. The Cougars dropped their opener, 2-0, against Quaker Valley in the Avonworth Tournament. They bounced back in the consolation game to blank Deer Lakes, 3-0. Then came the team's signature win, a 1-0 victory against South Allegheny, the defending Section 2-A champion. The win put Charleroi in the driver's seat in the section but that changed quickly as one day later it fell 1-0 at Bentworth. The team found a way to bounce back as they pounded Beth-Center and Chartiers-Houston in back-to-back games by a combined score of 13-0. In a 6-0 win at Chartiers-Houston, the Cougars showed just how dangerous they could be. Holding onto a 1-0 lead at halftime on a a goal by Adrianna Johheld, the team came alive in the second half with Halee Fedrick netting a hat trick and Kyra Watkins scoring two goals. In net, Sydney Toth has four shutouts already during this young season.

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Girls Soccer: Charleroi opens section play with an upset win

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South Allegheny ran through the Section 2-A gauntlet last season undefeated. The Gladiators finished 11-0-1. Their lone "blemish" was a 1-1 tie at home against Charleroi. This season, Charleroi put to bed any talk of another undefeated run immediately. Charleroi scored a section-opening upset with a 1-0 shutout of No. 5 South Allegheny. Kyra Watkins scored on a corner kick in the second half to lift Charleroi. Goalie Sydney Toth was in net and earned the shutout for Charleroi. The celebration for Charleroi did not last long as the very next night it lost 1-0 at Bentworth, a sign of just how open this section is.

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Charleroi 2014 Football Preview

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Donnie Militzer takes over as coach at Charleroi after spending one season at Gateway, where he led the perennial power Gators to an 8-3 record and a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal appearance.

Charleroi doesn't share the past success of Militzer's previous school, but the Cougars do have an experienced group returning from last year's team that finished 2-7 for the third season in a row.

Seven offensive and six defensive starters are back, a crew led by Matt Carr (5-10, 165, Sr., QB), Greg Arnold (5-7, 160, Sr., RB/DB) and Trey Douyon (5-7, 150, Jr., WR/DB). Carr passed for 539 yards and six touchdowns. Arnold was second on the team with 17 receptions.

A few of the other top skill-position players are Brock Shannon (5-8, 150, Jr., RB/DB), Rashaad Hairston (5-11, 185, Sr., RB/DB) and Blake Carmello (5-11, 165, Sr., WR/DB).

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Softball: Charleroi captures first section title in 22 years

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Charleroi has captured its first section title in 22 years and now the Cougars are looking to make more history. Senior shortstop Anjie Tilghman was clutch with a 3 for 4 performance in a 5-4 triumph against South Allegheny (10-3, 8-1) that clinched Charleroi's first section title in over two decades. The Cougars now aim to make noise in the postseason. They are ranked No. 7 in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs and ride a four-game winning streak into the playoffs. In the first round they will meet No. 10 McGuffey (13-3, 9-3). McGuffey finished second in Section 2-AA. The first-round matchup will be played Tuesday 4 p.m. at California University, a place both teams hope to return to on May 29 when the University hosts the WPIAL Class AA championships.