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High School notebook: Peters Township soccer star headed to Virginia

| Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Peters Township forward Veronica Latsko splits Pennridge defenders Maggie Butcher (left) and Julia Rufe en route to the only goal of the game during PIAA AAA soccer championship contest on November 19, 2011 in Hershey. (Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review)
Christopher Horner
Peters Township's Veronica Latsko was the 2011 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Soccer Player of the Year (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)

Veronica Latsko has made plenty of visits to colleges throughout the country. She has researched even more schools.

Whether it was Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Miami, Maryland, Georgetown or Harvard, the rising junior soccer player at Peters Township found herself always thinking about one school.

“Every school I visited, I compared to Virginia,” said Latsko, who made a verbal commitment to the Cavaliers over the weekend. “They have a very competitive program. They want to win, and I want to win.”

The 2011 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year is considered one of the top scoring forwards in Pennsylvania, having tallied 45 goals last fall in leading Peters Township (20-3-1) to a second straight PIAA Class AAA title. She scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Pennridge in last year's state championship game.

Her speed and skills on the offensive end were major reasons why she was such a highly sought-after prospect before her junior season even begins.

“I liked how it was like the best of both worlds,” she said of Virginia, which reached the NCAA quarterfinals last season as the No. 8 team in the nation. “I love how competitive they were, being in the top 10 of Division I, and I also loved how the academic aspect was greatly emphasized. They are in the Top 25 in the country in academics, as well.”

Latsko, who has 78 goals in two years at Peters Township, plans to study pre-law and political science. Until she heads to school, however, she wants to continue leading the Indians toward their goal of a PIAA three-peat.

“As long as we don't go into the games thinking it will be easy, we can do it,” she said. “We just can't have the mindset that it will be handed to us. This year, we are going to be the team to beat. It's going to be even harder this year.”

Softball commitments

Several WPIAL softball standouts who also compete for the Steel City Cyclones 18U fast-pitch team in the offseason have made their college decisions.

Greensburg Salem pitcher Jayne Oberdorf, the Greensburg Tribune-Review Player of the Year, committed to play at Marist. The rising senior had 14 wins and 176 strikeouts last spring for the WPIAL runner-up Golden Lions.

Kelsey Marconi, a rising senior at Yough, will play at St. Francis (Pa.). Fox Chapel's Jen Moran and Brentwood's Nicole Davis will play at Gannon, and Hollidaysburg's Hannah Mercer will play at Indiana (Pa.).

Schedule change

Fans hoping to see one of the more anticipated Week 1 high school football games in Beaver County will have to wait an extra day. Ambridge will host Aliquippa at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 in a nonconference rivalry game.

Originally scheduled for a Friday night contest, the game was moved to alleviate rush-hour traffic problems caused by road work on the Aliquippa-Ambridge Bridge.

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