Quick test: Name the Bethel Park boys soccer team’s leading scorer this season.
Couldn’t get it? Don’t worry. Head coach Mike Galietta wouldn’t have predicted it either, even as junior Nick Schindehette impressed late last season on the junior varsity squad.
Nonetheless, Schindehette has gone from JV player to scoring leader with 16 goals and four assists, with nobody more surprised than Galietta.
“Since preseason, he has been everything we could ask for and more,” Galietta said. “He’s scored some huge, huge goals for us. His work rate … he gets to balls that you don’t think there’s any way he’s going to get to.”
T.J. Gallagher and Brian Kelly have eight goals apiece for Bethel Park (13-3-1, 10-1-1), which won its first section title since 2011.
It’s the third section championship under Galietta after the Black Hawks also won them in 2007 and 2011.
Quentin Keibler has been the goalkeeper for Bethel Park, helping the Black Hawks post nine shutouts. Matt Kotkiewicz has added seven goals and three assists.
Bethel Park’s three losses have been to Moon, Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon, but only the one against Moon – 1-0 to open the season – didn’t sit well with Galietta.
“The first game is the only game I would say that we as a coaching staff weren’t pleased with,” Galietta said. “That was not a good reflection on the club. The other two losses to Lebo and St. Clair, I thought the work rate was there; things just didn’t go our way.”