T-D HS Soccer

Indians claim 4th straight title

SOMERSET — Conemaugh Township won its fourth consecutive District 5 Class A girls soccer championship on Wednesday night by defeating rival North Star 3-2 after double overtime and a seven-round shootout.
The Indians won their ninth district crown in the past 11 years.
The game was scoreless at the half but the teams combined to score four goals in a 15-minute span in the second half to knot the score at 2-all through regulation.
Township clinched the win on freshman Alexa Fetterman’s shootout kick.
“She kicked it in the lower left corner,” Conemaugh Township coach Fred Galiote said. “That’s what she’s been doing all week. At practice I told them, ‘We’ve got to work on penalty shots.’ They said, ‘Coach, we don’t think so.’ I said, ‘We do.’ We worked every day at practice on penalty kicks.”
The Indians took a 1-0 advantage via Megan Boyer’s goal less than four minutes into the second half.
North Star tied the game via Cheyenne Kuncher’s goal, and then the Cougars took a 2-1 advantage when Kuncher found the net again.
Township’s Danielle Wertz took a pass from Jenna Telenko and scored to tie the game at 2-all. Boyer also assisted.
Sophomore goal keeper Olivia Shaulis made six saves for Township.
North Star goal keeper Samantha Carmean had 16 saves on 18 Indians shots.
The shootout tally was 3-3 through five attempts in the first round. Conemaugh Township won the second round of the shootout 2-1 to take the decisive point.
“It’s a great feeling to win four in a row, but all of these young ladies coming up work hard all year and we do the best we can in training them and breaking in the younger girls early in the season,” said Galiote, whose team will take a 15-5-1 record into Tuesday’s PIAA Class A game against the District 7 champion. “By the time they get up to this level, they’re doing super. Our seniors started as freshmen and they’ve gone four years. We’re so proud of them for doing that. Their dedication all year long is special.”
North Star closed a 16-4-1 season.
Township was resilient after enduring what Galiote described as a string of significant injuries.
“They came back and proved they were going to do it and they did,” Galiote said. “They work together as a family. They call themselves a family rather than a soccer team. Their dedication to each other is outstanding. They work hard and they enjoy the game.”