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October 9, 2012

Jon Gerardi's high school soccer column: Thoughts as season nears end

The high school soccer season is wrapping up here shortly -- less than two remain in the regular season -- so why borrow an idea from Peter King and our sports editor Bill Bowman and write about what I think I think at this point in the season:

I think the Warrior Run girls are arguably the most solid girls team.

Yes, I know what you're thinking, 'that's an obvious one!' But hey, it's true. I've seen them play a few times now and the team as a whole is just terrific. The Defenders lost a four-year starter in goal with Reda Vermilya, but anyone that has gotten the chance to see these two-time defending state champions play know that freshman Olivia George hasn't missed a step.

Against Southern Columbia last week, I saw George make three clutch saves in the final six minutes to preserve the Defenders' 1-0 lead against a good Tigers squad, which shows to me George is more than comfortable in the goal.

Taylor Landis is easily one of the best girls players in the area. The senior was peppering Southern Columbia's goalie all day last week and not only does she lead the Defenders with goals, but she's near the top in the area as well.

While Landis may be the team's leading scorer, junior Chloe Eisenhuth is right up there as well, helping the Defenders offense score. Despite her size, she's a fiery competitor who isn't afraid to go up against taller players and fight for 1v1 balls, and often comes away with them.

"One hundred percent of the game she'll run through the ball. She'll try to get it, she'll never back off and she'll jump for every head ball even though she's the shortest one out there," Warrior Run coach Jen Allen said after Warrior Run's 2-0 win over Loyalsock in late September.

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