The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 26, 2013

Selinsgrove's Matt Metzger named Class AA girls soccer Coach of the Year


Metzger oversaw a team that featured six Heartland Conference Division-I all-stars, four of which were first team selections in goalie Jess Lawton, defensive back Marissa Headings, middfielder Alli Cover and forward Jenna Fisher. Metzger was also named the HAC-I Coach of the Year this past season.

"This is my third time receiving it, so receiving this award is a great honor. It's with the program, it's what we kind of stand for (and) the assistants we have. They're a big part of this and the fact they came through the program is something that's kind of unique that they played under me and now they're part of the program and build that success and continue to build it," Metzger said.

"It's a great individual honor and great team honor and great for Selinsgrove High School."

Despite an extremely talented District 4 Class AA field in the playoffs with Danville, two-time Class A state champion Warrior Run (who moved to AA last season), Montoursville and Lewisburg, Metzger went into the season optimistic that his team would have a chance to walk away as District 4 champions.

"It's one of those things that we go into every season hoping we're there. Soccer's obviously a strange sport because you can have a great and dominant team and have one game where it falls apart and someone knocks you out," Metzger said.

"We look at it every year that we can be there, it's just who puts us in position. Some pick that other teams would do better than us. Did we think we could be there? Yes. We think that every year that that's a possibility."

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