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Peters Township girls rally to defeat Norwin

Bill Hartlep

Norwin midfielder Liz Debo couldn’t hold back her emotions as she jumped into her coach’s arms after her goal gave the Knights the lead over Peters Township on Tuesday night in a PIAA Class AAA semifinal game at North Allegheny.

That joyful first-half display, however, turned into tears by the end of the game.

Peters Township freshman Veronica Latsko scored the tying goal late in the first half, and then found the back of the net with 22:03 left in the second half to end Norwin’s season and help the Indians gain a spot in the state title game with a 3-1 win.

“I just got lucky,” Latsko said of her winning header off Shelli Spamer’s free-kick serve from 50 yards. “I jumped high enough, I guess.”

Peters Township (22-2) will play Saturday in the PIAA championship game at Hersheypark Stadium against the winner of Conestoga (19-5) and Archbishop Wood (22-1) in a game that was postponed until tonight. Peters Township lost to Conestoga in the 2008 title game.

“Last time around, we were sort or in awe. It was a big moment in school history,” Peters Township coach Pat Vereb said. “This year, there certainly wasn’t an expectation, but this is what we wanted. It feels great.”

Debo’s goal for Norwin (20-5) was the result of a well-placed free kick from defender Casey Harsh. The bouncing ball was chipped into the goal box, and Debo dove toward the turf to head the ball into the net.

“We just wanted to continue that pressure,” Norwin coach Jeff Palm said. “We had a couple chances here and there, but unfortunately the calls didn’t go our way, and the ball didn’t go our way either.”

Peters Township tied the score with 4:28 left in the first half, when Latsko beat Norwin keeper Dymphena Clark just inside the near post.

Peters Township’s Olivia Roberson added an insurance goal with 12:16 left.


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