Peters Township senior caps career with winning goal
HERSHEY — Peters Township midfielder Danielle Hume missed several soccer games early in the season because of concussions.
When she returned to the lineup, the Indians’ coaching staff had to be very careful with her. Hume also came to the conclusion that she would not play again after this season, her senior year.
What a way to end her playing career.
Hume knocked a rebound past Archbishop Wood goalkeeper Deanna Messner with 15:07 left to give Peters Township (23-2-0) a 1-0 victory in the PIAA Class AAA championship game at Hersheypark Stadium. The Indians join Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley Academy and South Park as the only WPIAL schools to win boys and girls state soccer titles.
“It was unbelievable. I’m speechless,” Hume said. “This is my last game ever, and it’s a good way to end it.”
It was the first time the Indians had won a girls soccer state title and came on the heels of winning their first WPIAL crown two weeks ago. Peters Township last appeared in the PIAA Class AAA match in 2008, when it lost to Conestoga, 2-1.
In addition, the Indians became only the fourth team from the WPIAL to win the PIAA Class AAA girls soccer title. Mt. Lebanon (1992), Norwin (1996) and Pine-Richland (2005) are the others. To join that elite company, Peters Township had to defeat a team ranked fourth in the country by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America and No. 1 among big schools by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.
Through it all, though, the Indians were unfazed by their opponent and controlled the tempo with relative ease.
“I was very surprised (it was so easy) because we know nothing about the team except that we were going to come in here and kick (butt), basically,” Peters Township forward Shelli Spamer said. “I was expecting a lot more, and I think we should have won 6-0, but it’s a great way to end senior year.”
Peters Township dominated play from about 10 minutes into the first half onward, and Spamer, who has committed to N.C. State, had several quality scoring chances in the latter part of the first half. She hit the left post with 13:49 remaining in the first half and, 46 seconds later, had another chance but could not connect.
Her effort, however, opened up the field and eventually led to the game-winning goal.
“I think she had a tremendous battle with their center-midfielder (Christine Verrelle) because she was a presence in the middle for them,” Peters Township coach Pat Vereb said. “Shelli sometimes tends to try to do too much work, but she certainly led her team to a state title and was likely the best player on the field.”
Still, it took an outstanding play from Hume to make it happen. She followed up on an outstanding shot from freshman Veronica Latsko that forced Messner to make a play and get out of position. That allowed Hume to gather in the rebound and score the winner.
“It was unbelievable,” Hume said. “They always tell you to crash the net, and finally it came through for me.”
Peters Twp. vs. Archbishop Wood 11/20/10
Peters Twp. defeats Archbishop Wood, 1-0, to win the PIAA girls Class AAA championship Saturday November 20, 2010 in Hershey.