Monessen, Perry lead 4-A All-Section list
Monessen boys' soccer coach Sam Perry was named coach of the year in Section 4 A.
Photo by Rich Downer/For The Valley Independent
The boys' soccer season was a bittersweet one for Monessen coach Sam Perry.
It was sweet because the Greyhounds made the WPIAL Class A playoffs for the seventh time in his nine years as a coach.
It was bitter because numerous injuries had the Greyhounds often playing shorthanded and kept them from possibly winning the section crown.
Monessen (12-6) finished second in Section 4-A, one game behind section champ Beth-Center.
One thing that went well for Perry and the Greyhounds is that they dominated the Section 4-A All-Section Team, as voted on by the coaches.
Monessen had the most players named, four, and Perry was tabbed Coach of the Year for the third time.
“It is a nice honor,” Perry said of being named the top coach. “I'm more happy for my kids.”
Monessen's four selections include senior Luke Doptis and Blair Madison and juniors Zach Picchiarelli and Josh Kucmeroski.
Doptis, a striker, had 15 goals and 10 assists; Madison, a center midfielder, had 9 goals and 5 assists.
Kucmeroski, a wing, had 12 goals and 10 assists. Picchiarelli is a defender/midfielder.
Bentworth had three players named: midfielder Chad Gurdish, center back Darius Hays and keeper Nick Liermann.
California had two players selected, including the first girl to be named to the team, junior defender Danielle Koehler. She was joined by teammate Devin Peterman, a senior center midfielder.
Peterman led California in scoring with 15 goals.
“Danielle has a good break on the ball and tracking skills,” said California coach Scott Peterman. “She's really good, very deserving.”
Rounding out the All-Section Team are Beth-Center's John Berdar, Aaron Ankney and Dakota Phillips, Geibel's Bailey McIntyre, James Ewing and Matt Mammorella, Washington's Ted Dragich and Del Bredniak and Chartiers-Houston's Phil Agostinelli.
Dragich was named Player of the Year.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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