Chartiers Valley girls soccer overcoming first loss
Seeing the Chartiers Valley girls soccer team going toe-to-toe with defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA champion Peters Township for the entire game last week pleased first-year coach William Douglass.
But it didn't ease the sting of falling to the Indians, 1-0.
“Playing with one of the best teams in western Pennsylvania is a great way to see where you stand,” Douglass said. “Unfortunately, we came out on the short end of the stick.”
The Colts and Indians were scoreless in the first half. Peters Township took the lead with 22:15 to go when Madison Schwerzler snuck the ball past goalkeeper Skylar Martz. Chartiers Valley had several opportunities to scores near the end of the game but just couldn't find the net.
“Peters won all the balls in the air,” Douglass said. “They won the 50/50 battles, and that is where the game is won. I told the team I was proud of them afterwards, but we need to play with more urgency. We cannot let our nerves get to us.
“We need to play our brand of soccer, and we probably only did that for 15 or 20 minutes (against Peters Township).”
Despite the loss, Douglass is thrilled with how his team has came out and performed this season. Chartiers Valley is 8-1 with a 3-1 mark in Section 5-AAA.
The goal against Peters Township was only the second goal surrendered by the Colts this season; they have outscored opponents, 32-2.
It is the best start for the program since the 2004 season, when the team started 13-1.
“I couldn't be happier with how this team has played,” Douglass said. “They have worked their butts off and have done everything I have asked them to do. They want to get better. That is the great thing about this team. We are 8-1, and they'll probably be more focused on the one loss than the eight wins.”
Chartiers Valley was off the rest of last week as it prepared for a busy schedule this week with section games at Canon-McMillan and Brashear and a nonsection home game Saturday against Bishop Canevin.
“Having several days off will be a great opportunity to focus on what we did and didn't do in the Peters game,” Douglass said.
“It was be a time for personal reflection. Everyone will need to judge how they played and either be happy or disappointed. If they're disappointed, they will have to come back and work harder.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.