Post-Gazette Girls' Player of the Year: Veronica Latsko

December 16, 2011 12:00 am
  • Peters Township's Veronica Latsko has scored 78 goals in two seasons.
    Peters Township's Veronica Latsko has scored 78 goals in two seasons.
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Veronica Latsko had an impressive freshman season on the Peters Township soccer team a year ago. She took her game to a higher level this season.

The super sophomore scored more and helped Peters Township win some more. For her efforts, Latsko is the Post-Gazette Player of the Year.

The award takes into consideration all players in the WPIAL and City League. After scoring 33 goals as a freshman, Latsko found the net 45 times as a sophomore. At one point this season, she scored a hat trick in five consecutive games, practically unheard of at the Class AAA level. She was the WPIAL's second-leading scorer during the regular season.

Latsko, a forward, came through in the clutch also. Although she has 78 career goals, her most memorable came this season when she scored the only goal in Peters Township's 1-0 victory against Pennridge in the PIAA Class AAA championship match. The goal allowed Peters Township to become the first team from the WPIAL to win back-to-back PIAA titles.

Latsko is part of the Olympic Development Program and plays in national and international events. She is the leader of the Post-Gazette All-Area Team, which is picked by the PG scholastic sports staff, with help from area coaches. Latsko is one of three sophomores on the team.

Here is a look at the other 11 players on the All-Area Team:

Carley Bogan, Upper St. Clair -- The Panthers won the WPIAL Class AAA championship and Bogan was one of the driving forces. A junior forward, she led the team in scoring with 22 goals and 20 assists.

Mani Brueckner, Mars -- Brueckner was adept at scoring goals, but also was excellent in setting up others for scores. She finished the season with 43 assists after having 41 last year. A senior midfielder, Brueckner had 37 goals this season for the WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champion Planets.

Christie Chiesa, South Park -- A senior midfielder, Chiesa is an outstanding, all-around player. She had 15 goals and 10 assists for the WPIAL Class AA finalist Eagles.

First Published 2012-02-09 18:19:41
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