(Photo: Pine-Richland's Pat Sullivan, right, tackling Char Valley's Zach Kehoe during a game last season, is a returning starter. John Heller/Post-Gazette.)
"Despite having one of the best players in the state last season in Drew Klingenberg, the Pine-Richland High School boys soccer team was still unable to get past the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals.
Now, Klingenberg is playing at Penn State, but the Rams still have high expectations this season. They came into the season as the Post-Gazette's No. 2-ranked team in WPIAL Class AAA.
"I think last year we relied too much on one player," Pine-Richland coach Jon Conner said. "This year, our whole philosophy is togetherness as a team. We want to stay together as time goes on. It will be easier to do that by winning games."
The Rams (4-0, 2-0) won their first four matches by shutout, including a 1-0 win against North Allegheny in the season opener on Sept. 6 and a 2-0 victory against Butler Area Tuesday in another Section 2-AAA match. They will try to avoid going through the roller coaster ride they went through last season.