Zac D'Alesandro

Eleanor Bailey

Zac D’Alesandro of Mt. Lebanon heads the ball during recent soccer action. The Blue Devils clinched the Section 2-AAAA title with a 4-3 triumph against Canon-McMillan. Lebo hosts Mars on Oct. 12 and visits South Fayette on Oct. 15 before closing out the regular season and embarking on their quest for their first WPIAL title since 2009.

Liam Donald’s goal with 2:08 to play in the match propelled Mt. Lebanon to victory, 4-3, against Canon-McMillan in boys varsity soccer action.

With the win, Lebo (13-1-1) clinched the Section 2, Quad-A title. It’s the first section crown for the Blue Devils since 2010. Upper St. Clair, however, spoiled Lebo’s bid for an undefeated run in section with a 1-0 victory Thursday night. Ben Bacadayan scored the golden goal in overtime and was assisted by Jack Meyers.

On goals from Danny Simboro and Zach Nellas, Lebo bolted to a 2-0 advantage but Joey Fonagy knotted the contest with a pair of goals with 17:10 and 7:10 remaining in the first half. Tommy Samosky assisted on the equalizer.

Giuseppe Croce lifted Lebo into the lead, 3-2, before Nino Civitate tied the game again, scoring off a rebound with 18:59 remaining in regulation.

“After a game like that we are happy to be on the right side of it,” said Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Perz. “It was a back-and-forth game. Canon-Mac has a bunch of dynamic players and can move the ball from side to side really well. Anywhere from 40 yards and in is a set piece. They kept us under pressure until the last 30 seconds.”

With the defeat, Big Macs dropped to 8-2-1 in the section and 11-3-1 overall. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for C-M.

PT volleyball

Peters Township swept Mt. Lebanon, 3-0, in girls volleyball. The Indians won the match, 25-14, 25-7 and 25-20.

Emmy Ploskina served up six aces while Lauren Valentic and Abby Willot recorded 10 and seven kills respectively.

Saulle honored

Lauren Saulle was one of the volleyball players recently recognized by the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. The South Fayette senior shared Player Of The Week honors in Class AAA. She has the Lions ranked third behind No. 1 Knoch and No. 2 Thomas Jefferson.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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