Saturday, November 10, 2012

Leftovers from soccer today

Spent the bulk of my Saturday at Chartiers Valley covering Peters Township girls and Canon-McMillan boys soccer in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals.

Peters Township earned a 1-0 victory over Seneca Valley in the early game, the result of an indirect kick from Veronica Latsko that went for a goal in the 15th minute. Canon-Mac saw its magical postseason come to an end.

***From the girls game, what a job by Indians goalkeeper Carly Johns. Megan Parker was supposed to be Peters Township's starting goalkeeper this season, but she's out for the year with a knee injury. Parker has taken on a new position and, while she's not asked to do all that much, has given the Indians a nice presence back there.

"It’s a lot of pressure on someone who has never played that position, but athletically she’s been up for it," Peters coach Pat Vereb said.

(For the record, Vereb did not make any Seinfeld references today, though he did quote Peters boys coach Bob Dyer. So I suppose we'll call it even.)

***How's this for crazy: Canon-Mac (19-5) played a third of its season against Section 5-AAA rivals Peters Township and Upper St. Clair, including four straight to close out the year. Guess that happens when your entire section represents your entire classification in the state playoffs. Hard to believe there was a better section this fall for boys soccer.

***The girls game today was really physical. Several players were bleeding, though not Veronica Latsko, who has an awesome quote that's at the top of my Sunday story.

"I’m not bleeding," Latsko said. "Half the team is though."

***The whole familiarity thing isn't unique to the boys game. Peters Township will be happy to play a few teams from across the state as well, the first being Wilson (near Reading). Guess here is that Tuesday's match will be near Chambersburg, maybe Shippensburg University?

***Lastly, the number of fans Canon-Mac drew to today's game was simply astonishing  Felt and looked like a football game. Seems like all of Canonsburg was there, and it's a point that's certainly not lost on goalkeeper James Hathaway.

"At Canon-Mac, every sports gets decent support," Hathaway said. "But it’s been so nice seeing football-sized crowds at our soccer games finally."

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