Emma Sawich

Eleanor Bailey/The Almanac

Peters Township senior goalkeeper Emma Sawich makes a save during a WPIAL playoff match.

The Peters Township girls soccer team led the list of area players earning All-WPIAL honors.

The Indians’ four selections included: Emma Sawich, CeCe Scott, Jill Marvin and Brooke Opferman.

A four-year starter, Sawich racked up 11 shutouts in 14 games this season.

The senior helped the Indians to a No. 1 ranking throughout the regular season and a WPIAL playoff appearance after clinching the Section 2-AAAA title with a 10-1-1 record.

PT’s postseason ended with a loss to eventual WPIAL champion and PIAA runner-up North Allegheny.

Sawich is a three-time all-district and four-time all-section performer.

Her play for the Indians, as well as for Beadling Soccer Club, earned Sawich a scholarship to St. Francis University in Loretto.

“Emma is a strong addition to the goalkeeper position,” said Red Flash head coach Ellie Davis. “She is a good shot stopper and ability to play with her feet that will allow us to continue to play out of the back in possession.”

Sawich, a high honors student, plans to major in physical therapy in college.

Though both juniors, Scott and Marvin also are Divison I recruits. Scott, who plays for Beadling’s 2003 Showcase team, is already committed to Michigan State. Marvin recently made a verbal commitment to Kent State University.

Opferman joined Marvin, Scott and Sawich on the all-district and all-section teams. She is a sophomore midfielder.

Irene Doleno also earned all-section acclaim for the Indians. She is a sophomore defender.

Upper St. Clair placed three players on the All-WPIAL unit including defenders senior Carson Bogan and junior Natalie Gilbert and senior forward Emily Rocco. They also gained all-section laurels for the Panthers, who finished 8-6 overall after falling to Butler in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs.

Macie Fultineer, a sophomore goalkeeper, and Evan Rankin, a junior defender, also joined Bogan, Gilbert and Rocco on the all-section team.

Mt. Lebanon’s Kendall Donati completed the list of area players on the All-WPIAL Class AAA list. The senior forward will continue her career at James Madison University.

Donati also garnered all-section acclaim along with sophomore teammates Grace Nellas, a midfielder, and Melia Peer, a forward.

Bethel Park placed four players on the All-Section 2-AAAA honors.

Seniors Teagan Mehalko and Rachel Toth led the list. A midfielder and defender respectively, the duo helped the Black Hawks to a playoff appearance where they lost to North Allegheny, 3-0.

Sophomore forward Eva Blatz and junior midfielder Lily Gaston joined Mehalko and Toth as section all-stars. They helped BP post a 6-5-2 record this season.

Canon-McMillan’s Samantha Houk netted all-section honors.

She was a senior defender for the Big Macs, who finished 3-8-1 overall.

Three local products gained All-WPIAL awards at the Class AAA level.

Amy Allen, a senior defender, and Cecelia Gagliardino, a senior midfielder, represented South Fayette, which earned a postseason berth after finishing tied for third in the division with Montour with a 6-6 record.

Morgan Montani gained all-district status. She was a senior defender for Chartiers Valley, which finished the year at 4-8-2 overall.

In Class A, Ireland Killen, a senior defender, and Paige Kuisis, a sophomore midfielder, represented Seton LaSalle on the all-district team. The Rebels were 8-5 overall after losing to Our Lady of Sacred Heart in the WPIAL playoffs.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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