Junior Batteer came up big for Mt. Lebanon
Mt. Lebanon junior forward Zach Batteer led his team to the WPIAL Class AAA boys soccer championship in the most significant way possible.
Batteer scored the winning goal in a 1-0 double overtime victory against Upper St. Clair. It was a free kick from 30 yards.
“It was pretty cool,” Batteer said, in massive understatement.
For the second consecutive season, Batteer was named all-WPIAL and all-sate, finishing with 23 goals to give him 44 for his career. He also was named a Region II (East) and national All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Where is the best place soccer has taken you?
Argentina. I play ODP (Olympic Development Program), and the best kids from the area get to try out for the state team. And then after that, you can make the regional team which is the top kids from an area that stretches from West Virginia and Maryland to Maine. I made that team and got to go to Argentina in February.
What are your plans for after high school?
I plan to play Division I soccer. I’ve already heard from many colleges, but I’m only a junior, so I’ve still got a ways to go. I’ve been talking to schools in the Ivy League, because I’ve got pretty good grades. I’ve also talked with Wake Forest, Duke and a couple other ACC schools. We’ll see what happens.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
How about that as of right now I have all A’s, and I had all A’s last year, tooâ¢ I had one B my freshman year.
Do you have a favorite memento from your high school soccer days?
My WPIAL gold medal. I have it hanging in my room with some other stuff, but the WPIAL medal is the most special. The other medals are from club tournaments. Something about playing for your school makes it better than everything else.
What was the toughest challenge you’ve overcome?
I don’t get injured that much, but near the end of last year’s high school season I hurt my hamstring bad. It was the most annoying injury because you’d think you’d be good to go, but you’d aggravate it again.
How did you begin playing soccer?
My parents signed me up when I was 4 years old to play in a YMCA league. I liked it from the very beginning.
What is your favorite accomplishment?
I got called to the U.S. under-18 National Team camp from Oct. 6-13. It was in Los Angeles.
What’s the best soccer advice you’ve been given?
Play every game like someone’s watching you, because you never know who’s going to be watching your games. Play your hardest all the time. I know it sounds cliche, but it really is important.
Tribune-Review boys soccer all-stars
Mt. Lebanon · Junior · Forward
The skinny: Named all-WPIAL and all-state for the second consecutive year and finished with 23 goals this season and has 44 in his career.
Center · Senior · Midfielder
The skinny: A three-time all-WPIAL and all-state selection finished with 31 goals, 79 for his career, while kicking eight field goals for the football team.
Fox Chapel · Senior · Forward
The skinny: A versatile player both shooting and passing the ball, he scored 19 goals, with 17 assists, was an all-WPIAL pick the past two seasons and all-state this year.
Mars · Senior · Midfielder
The skinny: Scored 30 goals and had 14 assists for the WPIAL Class AA champion this season, finished career with 83 goals, was selected all-WPIAL for the third time and all-state for the first time.
Bethel Park · Senior · Defender
The skinny: A four-year starter and all-WPIAL and all-state selection, he excels at reading the play and meeting his opponent one-on-one. … Scored four goals and had three assists and recorded two successful penalty kicks.
Mt. Lebanon · Senior · Midfielder
The skinny: Two-time all-WPIAL, all-state selection and named Region II (East) All-American by the NSCAA for the second consecutive season. … Finished career with 21 goals, 17 assists.
Central Catholic · Senior · Midfielder
The skinny: Scored 22 goals and added 14 assists this season, and was an all-WPIAL selection in 2008 and 2009, all-state this season for the Vikings.
Upper St. Clair · Senior · Defender
The skinny: All-WPIAL and all-state selection excelled as a backside player and helped team record 12 shutouts and allow only 12 goals in 24 games.
Peters Township · Senior · Midfielder
The skinny: Started on the Indians’ 2007 PIAA Class AAA and 2008 WPIAL Class AAA championship teams, and was named all-WPIAL and all-state this season.
Keystone Oaks · Senior · Midfielder
The skinny: Started for two years after transferring from Seton-La Salle. … Scored 40 goals in the past two seasons and was all-WPIAL, all-state and a Region II (East) All-American each of the past two years.
Greensburg Central Catholic · Senior · Forward
The skinny: Missed the early part of the season after having offseason surgery on his right foot, but was still a 20-goal scorer and all-WPIAL selection. … Helped the Centurions to their first WPIAL title since 2004.