The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 9, 2012

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


I think the Selinsgrove girls are kind of flying under the radar right now.

The Seals are a solid team this year, already having clinched a District 4 postseason berth, but they aren't exactly hogging all the headlines, but maybe that's how the Seals like it. The Seals are 11-2 overall and 8-2 in the HAC-I, sharing joint custody of first place with Montoursville.

Anyone who has seen this squad play knows how talented Jenna Fisher is for Selinsgrove. She's an all-around playmaker and not only can be a scoring threat, but can set up plays and help others get open when the defenses key in on her.

After a two-goal performance on Monday against Lewisburg, Fisher now has 12 on the season. And Fisher is just one of Selinsgrove's best offensive players. Alicia Torruella can also make plays for this talented and fast team.

And as good as Selinsgrove is offensively, defensively they may just be talented. Jess Lawton may easily be the leader in saves this season (although I don't have the statistics all compiled just yet.) But let's just say that through what I have, Lawton is far ahead of anyone else.

If the Seals keep playing the way they have and stay solid in all facets of the game, I think Selinsgrove could make a nice run in the postseason.

I think the Danville boys may have the best goalie in the area.

With no disrespect to George (Warrior Run) and Lawton (Selinsgrove), one of the area's best goalies may just be Danville's Chris Dempsey, and for good reason. The senior broke the school record for shutouts, and has seven already through 2012.

If you look at the numbers, there are 12 goalies ahead of him on the boys side with more saves, but you can't hold that against Dempsey. He may not have the most saves, but Dempsey's defense doesn't give any opposing offenses a chance to take a lot of shots at Dempsey.

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