You can read more about the South Fayette boys soccer team in Tuesday’s Trib, but one of the primary reasons the Lions are 11-1-1 overall, 7-1-1 in Section 5-AA has been junior forward Brian Coyne, a two-sport athlete.
Besides leading South Fayette with 13 goals already this season, Coyne is the football team’s placekicker; he made all six of his extra-point attempts and converted a 40-yard field goal during Friday’s 45-3 win over Seton-La Salle.
“He still has a lot to learn from a soccer standpoint; I think his best year is going to be next year, when he’s able to pull from the experience that he’s had the past couple years,” South Fayette coach Rob Eldridge said. “He has a lot on his plate; he’s the placekicker from the football team and trying to keep up with his academics.”
Coyne has made 30 of 33 extra points this year and is averaging 46.1 yards per kickoff, with three touchbacks.
His play on the soccer field has helped South Fayette keep pace with top-ranked West Allegheny and address the shift of junior Nick McKee, who was forced to play defense because of a hamstring injury to senior Travis Revay.
“We’re hopeful we can get Travis back,” Eldridge said. “It was a tough loss for him and a tough loss for us as a team to lose Revay. But he’s worked hard to get himself back in position where he can help us out toward the end of the year.”