Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant goes on a roll

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Stephen Catanese profiles the Mount Pleasant boys soccer team.

"Down on their luck and in a precarious position in Section 1-AA, something seemingly clicked for the Mount Pleasant boys soccer team after Sept. 16.

It was on the 16th that the Vikings fell at Burrell, 3-1, dropping their record to 2-2 in Section 1-AA and 3-3 overall.

Looking at what was rapidly becoming an uphill battle to even qualify for the playoffs for the second season in a row, seventh-year coach Floyd Snyder's side made a couple of adjustments — tactically and, perhaps more importantly, mentally.

"We have a group of seniors realize it was their last go-round and picked their play up," he said. "They really turned it on the last half of the season.""



Football: Mount Pleasant standout putting up big numbers

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When Mount Pleasant coach Bo Ruffner calls a running play for Trevor Salopek, he likely knows a big gain will directly follow.

It doesn't take Salopek many carries to rack up big yardage. In his past two games – both Mount Pleasant wins – Salopek has carried the ball nine times for 366 yards and five touchdowns. In a 71-14 rout of Charleroi last week, Salopek had four carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and added a touchdown reception. A week earlier in a 40-0 win against Brownsville, Salopek had five carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

Salopek, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior, has rushed for 758 yards on 43 carries this season. That's an average of 17.6 yards per carry. He leads Mount Pleasant with 14 touchdowns.


Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant secures Section 1-AA title

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After opening the season splitting its first four games in Section 1-AA play, Mount Pleasant went on an eight-game unbeaten run against section opposition and captured its first section title since 2003.

The Vikings (11-5, 10-2) finished ahead of second-place Indiana (14-3, 9-3), along with Burrell (10-6, 8-4) and Southmoreland (9-7, 8-4), who tied for third place.

Burrell and Southmoreland both earned playoff bids as they split their season series.

Impressively, the Vikigns finished the season with a 5-1 mark against the three teams finishing right behind them.


Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant makes big strides in Section 1-AA

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A few weeks ago, Mount Pleasant was battling for a playoff spot.

Now, the Vikings have forced their way into the Section 1-AA title picture as the season nears its climax.

After opening the season 2-2 in section play with losses to Derry and Burrell, the Vikings (9-4, 8-2) have won six-straight section games, avenging both losses in the process.

They're now tied with Indiana for first place in the section and a one-half game up on Southmoreland.


Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant catches Burrell as playoff picture in Section 1-AA grows cloudy

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Mount Pleasant (7-4, 6-2) fought its way into a tie with Burrell (7-4, 6-2) for second place in Section 1-AA after a pair of impressive wins over Derry and Valley by a combined score of 15-1.

Now, the Vikings face a pivotal match-up with the Bucs at home on Thursday.

Burrell defeated Mount Pleasant earlier on Sept. 16 by a score of 3-1. The Bucs have defeated the Vikings in five of their last six encounters.

Southmoreland, meanwhile, will be eagerly watching the scoreboard this week as they sit at 6-3 in section play, only a half-game behind Burrell and Mount Pleasant.