Ligonier Valley girls soccer clinches 4th straight playoff berth
TribLIVE Sports Videos
After clinching a spot in the PIAA Class AA District 6 playoffs, the Ligonier Valley girls soccer team has begun looking ahead.
Entering the second half of the season, the Rams were 7-1. Based on that record, they qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
“We knew we had a good team, but we didn't want to look too far ahead until we made the playoffs,” coach Eric Vogelsang said. “Now that we have, we can start preparing.”
The Rams have outscored their opponents 53-13. They have been unbeaten since losing to Altoona, 6-2, in the first game of the season.
Senior Maddy Grimm is Ligonier Valley's top scorer with 28 goals and eight assists. In her career, she has 94 goals, the most ever by a Ligonier Valley player.
Junior Nikki Davis (10 goals, 15 assists) is Ligonier Valley's second leading scorer — she is second on the school's all-time list with 35 assists.
Sophomore Jessica Anto is third in scoring this season with five goals and five assists.
Senior Katie DeMayo has played well after moving to midfielder from defender.
DeMayo, along with Grimm, is one of only three four-year starters to have played at Ligonier Valley.
“Katie is very versatile and has done everything we've asked of her,” said Vogelsang, in his 11th year as coach.
Senior defender Michaela Long and senior midfielder Kelleigh Huber also lend experience.
In her first year at goalie, Breanne Wallace has been a standout with 80 saves and a save percentage of 88.
“We lost three of our goalies,” Vogelsang said. “The position was a big question mark.
“Breanne, who had been a midfielder and defender, volunteered to play there.”
Wallace, a first-year starter at any position, isn't surprised by her success.
“When I was recruited to play soccer, I was told I probably would be a good goalie,” she said.
Ligonier Valley is optimistic it can do better at the PIAA playoffs than it did last year, when it was eliminated in the quarterfinals after reaching the semifinals the previous two seasons.
“We have good leadership and a lot of confidence,” Wallace said.
Grimm said the team has good chemistry, but she is cautious about thinking too far ahead.
“We still have the second half of the (regular) season to play,” she said. “It's important that we do well so we have momentum going into the playoffs.” Ligonier Valley would like to break the school record of 12 wins set in 2006.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Happ’s strong start, Ramirez’s homer pace Pirates past Rockies
- College football preview: ACC
- Pitt star running back Conner remains grounded despite success
- Unlike during his time at Florida, Ohio State’s Meyer learning to enjoy his success
- Rossi: Beleaguered Steelers need MVP from Big Ben
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin mum on Bryant suspension
- Big plays cost Steelers defense in 43-19 preseason loss at Bills
- Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections
- Pitt’s cancer institute marks 30 years with eye toward future
- Port Authority’s plan for car-free communities slow to bear fruit
- Butler organization seeks answers for unexplained phenomena