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Peters Township boys soccer evolving into contender


I saw Peters Township boys soccer coach Bob Dyer during the preseason, and he playfully asked whether I was there to do a story on his team — later explaining, essentially, that they’re not at that point yet where stories should be done.
(Was writing something on the Peters Township girls. Still, a funny moment.)
In any case, and especially after Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Canon-McMillan, Peters Township has evolved quite a bit this season, perhaps to the point where Dyer would be comfortable having a story done, I don’t know.
And the Indians could be peaking at a most opportune time.
Not only do they have a huge Section 5-AAA match Thursday night against the top team in the state, Upper St. Clair (13-0-1, 9-0-1), but Peters Township solidifying a spot as an elite team creates a familiar scenario: the Indians, Canon-McMillan and Upper St. Clair all playing prominent roles in the postseason.
“It was a nice win,” Dyer said. “It’s good to give ourselves to the opportunity to achieve one of our first goals, which is winning the section.”
A Peters Township win would force a tie. A loss would give it all to Upper St. Clair.
At 8-1-1, 11-2-1, Peters Township’s lone section loss was a 4-3 setback at Upper St. Clair on Sept. 21. The Indians also dropped a nonsection game at Bethel Park, 3-2, on Sept. 9.
Jonathan Sion scored against Canon-McMillan and Mario Mastrangelo added two. His brother, Nicco, has 16 goals.
“You score 16 goals in this section, you’re doing something right,” Dyer said.
He’s not kidding.
How tough has Section 5-AAA been?
Of the current teams — Upper St. Clair, Peters Township, Canon-McMillan, Moon, Chartiers Valley, Ambridge and Brashear — at least one has reached the WPIAL Class AAA finals each of the past 13 years.
Six have won (Canon-McMillan ’12, USC ’11, Peters Township ’10, Peters Township ’08, Chartiers Valley ’01 and USC ’99).
In three years, including the past two, two Section 5-AAA teams have played each other.
— Jason Mackey

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