After moving to defense last year as a junior, Ashley Mutkus saw her scoring opportunities drastically reduced. But when the Central Valley senior defender does get a chance to score, she makes the most of it. Take for example Central Valley's recent game against Class AA Section 3 rival Beaver. Mutkus, a defender, netted a hat trick, scoring once on a free kick and twice off corner kicks. Mutkus' improbable hat trick helped Central Valley defeat Beaver.
Mutkus could easily be one of the best goal scorers in the WPIAL but on defense she makes the Warriors a better team and a legitimate WPIAL title contender. The Warriors are ranked No. 2 in Class AA. Through 11 games, Central Valley remains unbeaten with an 11-0 overall record and a 8-0 mark in Section 3 ahead of Hopewell (10-2, 7-1).