Five Thomas Jefferson soccer players named first-team all-section
Five members of the Thomas Jefferson boys’ and girls’ soccer programs have been named first-team all-section.
Seniors Mahesh Dhaubhadel and Matt Wardlaw and junior Matt Prezioso received first-team all-section nods on the boys’ team.
Juniors Veronica Napolitano and Hannah Wardlaw, both midfielders/defenders, were cited as first-team all-section on the girls’ team.
Dhaubhadel, a forward, has been lauded as an all-section player three times in his varsity career. He also earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Senior Excellence Award in 2014, and was named the Jaguars’ offensive player of the year.
Prezioso, a midfielder, was an honorable mention all-section selection in 2013, and was the team’ offensive player of the year in 2013 and 2014.
Wardlaw, a defender, received the team’s defensive award, while Pat Walsh, a senior forward/midfielder, earned the coaches award.
Thomas Jefferson sophomore goalkeeper Colin Bucsok also was received honorable mention all-section laurels. Bucsok and the Jaguars’ defense registered six shutouts this season.
Thomas Jefferson’s boys’ team compiled a 9-3 record in section play in 2014, advanced to the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal round, and ended up with a 13-6-1 overall record.
The Jaguars secured second place in Section 3-AA, and edged Ringgold, 1-0, in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
There were only three seniors on the boys’ team in 2014.
“We anticipate a competitive year in 2015 in that we will have 21 returning lettermen,” Kulish said.
The varsity letterman on the boys’ team consisted of Dhaubhadel, Wardlaw and Walsh; juniors David Crane, Owen Haythorn, Falco Meden, Conor O’Leary, Jack Rose, Jake Stock and Prezioso; sophomores Ty Antonelli, Colin Bucsok, Sean Conroy, Shane Barrett, Andrew Esser, Todd Hedrick, Tom Conley, Sean Polick, Charles Johnson, Josh Kane, Jason Zukiewicz, Matt O’Brien, Cole Lutz and Bucsok; plus freshmen Chris Gooch and Liam Giger.
Thomas Jefferson’s girls’ team finished in third place in Section 5-AA with an 8-4 record, behind South Park (12-0) and South Fayette (10-2).
The Lady Jaguars lost to close decision to Belle Vernon, 2-1, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs to end up 9-9 om the year.
Emma Hedrick, a senior forward/midfielder, won the offensive award for 2014 on the TJ girls’ team, while Napolitano earned the defensive award.
Leah Scott, a senior defender, was presented with the coaches award, and Kayla Polakovic, a freshman defender, won the most improved player award.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or [email protected].