Girls soccer defends Lopes Cup


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Lady Hawks pose with the Lopes Cup Sunday, Sept. 1 after their 6-0 victory in the championship match over TJ to defend their title at the Avonworth Tournament.

Katherine Krol-Schaus, Girls Soccer Correspondent

Determined. Devoted. Driven. The Lady Hawks lived up to their motto this weekend. Bethel Park cruised to victory while defending the Lopes Cup at the Avonworth Tournament, beating South Fayette, 3-1, and Thomas Jefferson, 6-0.

Coach Missy DalBon reflected on the Lady Hawks’ victory, stating, “I’m super proud of the team’s performance and I’m looking forward to section play.”

Bethel Park went into Saturday’s match looking for redemption, having lost to South Fayette in a preseason scrimmage almost two weeks ago.

The Lady Hawks handily defeated South Fayette this time, with a goal apiece scored by junior Alena Kauric and senior captains Sophia Galietta and Meghan Mathias.

Additionally, crucial saves were made by junior goalkeeper Abby Karstenson.

Meghan Mathias started the scoring for Bethel Park with a break-away in the 20th minute of the first half.

Sophia Galietta, named a player to watch by the Post-Gazette, tallied the winning goal on a penalty kick in the 15th minute of the second half.

With fewer than five minutes left in the match, Alena Kauric tacked on an insurance goal for the Lady Hawks.

On Sunday, the Lady Hawks dominated Thomas Jefferson in the championship match, 6-0.

Four Bethel Park players scored, including Teagan Mehalko who came away from the game with a hat-trick.

Thirty seconds into the match, Sophia Gallieta notched her second penalty kick goal of the weekend.

Meghan Mathias got her second goal of the weekend early on in the second half, and senior Tianna Torles knocked a header home after a corner served in from Eva Blatz.

In all, Bethel Park recorded 22 shots on goal. Coach DalBon came away pleased with the team’s performance in the tournament.

“This is how you set the tone for the season,” Coach DalBon said.

On Wednesday, sectional competition begins for Bethel Park with a home game against Peters Township. Junior varsity begins at 6 p.m. with the varsity Lady Hawks’ game commencing at 7:30 p.m. Good luck, Lady Hawks!