Sports Town will review the 2011-12 school year during July. Today we are visiting the girls soccer season.
As is customary, Central Valley carried the banner for the West Zone in WPIAL girls' soccer this season. The Warriors dominated Section 3-AA, winning all 14 games and finishing the regular season 17-1. In the postseason Central Valley made a run to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA semifinals where it lost South Park and Villa Joseph Marie respectively.
"A key to our season was how we bounced back on defense," Central Valley coach Mark Perry said. "We reorganized and our goalkeeping has been strong. We are not pretty in the back but we played simple and safe. If you get shutouts, you have a good chance to win."
Central Valley came up with 13 shutouts, including three in the playoffs.
(Photo: Central Valley's Ashley Mutkus winds up to shoot at the goal in a match last season against Mohawk. John Heller/Post-Gazette.)
Other strong teams from the West Zone this season were: Moon (14-6), who finished second in Section 5-AAA, and Hopewell (10-6-3), who finished behind Central Valley in Section 3-AA.
Individually, nobody had a stronger season than Moon junior forward Antonia Grese. A Post-Gazette All-Star, Grese led her team with 18 regular-season goals.