Charleroi places four on 2-A team
By Jeff Oliver
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Four members of Charleroi's girls' soccer team were named to the Section 2 A All-Section Team.
And if the selections are an indication, the future looks bright for Charleroi as only one of the four is a senior.
The Lady Cougars (12-3-2, 10-1-1) finished in second place in the section behind South Allegheny.
Heading the list for the Lady Cougars is junior Halee Fedrick.
Fedrick, a forward, made the all-section team for the second straight year.
This season, she led Charleroi with 23 goals and nine assists.
“Halee had a tremendous season for us,” Charleroi coach Jim Rue said. “Her statistics speak for themselves.”
Other players named were senior Rachel Ritzer, junior Marissa Johnson and sophomore Sydney Toth.
Ritzer, a defender, had five goals and one assist this season despite having her year cut short at the end by an illness.
Johnson, a defender, joins Fedrick as a two-time all-section pick.
Toth, a keeper, registered four shutouts for Charleroi.
“You talk to any coach in the section and they will tell you how good Marissa and Rachel are defensively,” Rue said. “It's a shame that we lost Rachel the last three or four games of the season, especially because she is a senior.”
As for Toth, Rue said he was pleasantly surprised she was picked, being a sophomore.
“She had a good year and it is obvious that her best years are ahead of her, especially if she puts the time in,” Rue said.
Rue added that he was surprised that yet another Charleroi youngster did not make the team, sophomore Kyra Watkins.
“She scored 21 goals for me this year and had three assists. I was really surprised she didn't make it,” he said. “I felt really bad for her. I thought she was deserving. But I'm sure if you talk to every coach they will tell you they had a player or two who did not make the all-section team that they felt should have.
Bentworth had two selections, senior midfielder Kelsey Plute and sophomore defender Miranda VanKirk.
Section champ South Allegheny dominated the team with five selections while Serra had three and Chartiers-Houston had one.
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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