Heck of a game tonight for the Peters Township girls soccer team, which delivered one of its most impressive performances of the season in order to secure a spot in the PIAA Class AAA state final for the third straight year and fourth time in the past five, beating Wilson 5-0.
Had a few extras from the game that I wanted to post here:
>>Wilson was playing without its top two forwards: Jacque Rice, who has a scholarship to Binghamton University, tore her ACL three or four weeks ago, Bulldogs coach Tim Fick said; Ivory Bailey left the game about five minutes into the second half with a calf injury. Together, they had combined for 34 goals.
>>Fick, like many coaches, was extremely impressed with Peters Township's forward combination of Veronica Latsko and Olivia Roberson. Latsko had two goals tonight, Roberson one. Latsko assisted on Roberson's goal in the 13th minute. She later scored on a cross from Emily Franty and on a play where she slithered between a few defenders then beat the keeper. Great goal.
Latsko, as you know, has committed to play at the University of Virginia, Roberson at Duquesne. With tonight's goals, both have 37 on the season, and Latsko has seven this postseason.
"We’ve played against players of that caliber – just not two of them on the field at the same time, which makes it tough," Fick said. "They’re outstanding players."
>>I was sitting in the press box with a few other print reporters, and it was comical to hear them marvel over Latsko, especially after her second goal. This is something that we all take for granted, but it struck me tonight just how lucky we are, to have a player of this caliber here in Western Pennsylvania.
>>Peters Township will play Cumberland Valley for the state title on Saturday in Hershey. I will have a preview of this game and the Indians' quest for a three-peat in Saturday's paper. I'll also, of course, be driving to Hershey to cover it.