Thursday, November 1, 2007

Peters Twp. in WPIAL soccer final, again

When it comes to winning games and producing Division I talent, no local program is better than the Peters Township boys soccer team (with the possible exception of the Peters Township baseball team).

Thanks to a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Chartiers Valley (the Indians third victory over the Colts this year), Peters Township returns to the WPIAL Class AAA championship a third straight year. The Indians play rival Bethel Park Saturday, 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Forward.

The Black Hawks beat PT for the championship a year ago and took a stunning 5-0 victory earlier this year. This match will be different. Not sure if the Indians will win, but they are playing their best soccer of the year in the postseason, when it matters most.

Plus, victory or not, three straight district titles games in an outstanding achievement, particularly when you consider the level of talent playing soccer at the Class AAA level. I've covered the last three matches and, as a soccer enthusiast, it's hard finding flaws in their game, from strikers Shane Pruitt and Mark Majoras to goalie Ryan Koepka.

And this marks Peters Township's fourth championship appearance since 2003. For those not counting, that's four in five years. Impressive.

Soccer fans should head out to EF for this title match. And sports nuts that like to watch teams at the top of their respective games, should get there as well.

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