Girls’ Soccer Makes a Run at a State Championship

Bradley Hart, Staff Writer

The Seneca Valley girls’ soccer team made it to the WPIAL Championship after a hard fought season, where they faced off against the number one ranked team, Peters Township.

It was a bitterly contested match where nether side was willing to give up and both were pushing their hardest to beat the other.  In the first half the Raiders were the first to score off of a free kick that deflected off of a Peters Township player and into the back off the net.  The goal was credited to senior striker, Morgan Williams, because she that took the free kick.

This put the Raiders on the board, but a determined opponent scored with 15 minutes left in the second half off of a rebound.  This second goal forced the game to go into overtime.

With the championship on the line both teams gave everything they had left and the game was forced into a second overtime.  With eight seconds left in the second overtime Peters Township had one last shot on goal.  They set up for a corner kick and buried it into the back of the net.  With no time remaining the Raiders lost the championship however, they still qualified for the state tournament.

In the first round of the state tournament the Raiders had to drive several hours to eastern Pennsylvania to face their next opponent, State College.  The winner of this first round match would play the winner of the Peters and Bethel Park game.

With the first blow of the whistle, signaling the start of the game, the Raiders went into action.  They dominated throughout the entire game.  The potent offensive power of the Raiders was just too much for State College.  Senior forwards Alex Bilka and Morgan Williams were able to put two goals away.  The Raider defense played just as strongly as the offense not letting a single goal in.  This combined effort enabled the Raiders to win the game 2-0 and advance to the next round of the State Playoffs.

Seneca Valley will play Peters at Chartiers Valley this Saturday at 1.  This will be a rematch of the WPIAL championship game that the Raiders lost in double overtime and the Raiders are determined not to let history repeat itself.