Post Gazette | Staff
SHELLI SPAMER, Peters Township senior.
It was a season to remember for Shelli Spamer. A senior at Peters Township, she had everything go her way this year. She was a standout player, scored many goals and won WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships. Now the capper: Post-Gazette Player of the Year.
Spamer was selected among all players in the WPIAL and City League. A midfielder and team captain, she was second on the team in goals with 28 and also added 12 assists. A four-year starter and a two-time all-state selection, Spamer will play next season at North Carolina State.
“She’s one of the most highly skilled players in the WPIAL,” Peters Township coach Pat Vereb said.”She’ll shine in the college game. She has the skill set to do that.”
Mani Brueckner, Mars Jr.
This is Mani being Mani: 27 goals and 41 assists. A junior midfielder, Brueckner led Mars to a 24-1 record and the WPIAL Class AA championship.
Erin Hogan, Beaver SR.
Hogan was a hero for Beaver, helping the Bobcats finish second in WPIAL Class AA. Hogan, a senior forward, was the WPIAL’s second-leading goal scorer in the regular season and finished with 37 goals and 15 assists.
Allison Klinefelter, Mt. Lebanon SR.
A senior defender, Klinefelter anchored a defense that allowed only six goals all season. She also scored six goals. Klinefelter was a four-year starter and will play next season at Dayton.
Haley McDonald, Hampton SR.
A standout senior goalkeeper who had nine shutouts this season for WPIAL Class AAA semifinalist. A three-year starter, she finished her career with 48 shutouts.
Shannon O’Connor, Peters Township SR.
Peters Township had 20 shutouts in 25 games, and O’Connor was one of the main reasons. O’Connor, a senior, was an outstanding defender and is the third O’Connor sister selected to the All-Area team. Shannon will play next season at Division I Long Island.
Ally Overly, Springdale SR.
A good, all-around player who was a four-year starter and part of 91 wins in her career. A senior midfielder, Overly had five goals and nine assists for the WPIAL Class A third-place team this season. She will play at Edinboro next year.
Cassie Raymond, South Park SR.
Raymond was at her best in the postseason, scoring six goals in seven games. A senior forward, she finished with 18 goals and six assists for a 19-3-3 team. A four-year starter, she had 52 career goals and 23 assists.
Carly Seneca, Gateway SOPH.
Although she is only a sophomore, Seneca helped Gateway to the playoffs the past two seasons. A midfielder with excellent speed and quickness, she had 19 goals and 11 assists this season.
Alexis Thomas, Moon SR.
There was no doubt that Thomas as one of the best midfielders in the WPIAL. She had 10 goals and 17 assists for a 16-3 Moon team. Thomas, a senior, is an Old Dominion recruit.
Stacey Weisman, Pine-Richland SR.
A four-year starter, this senior forward had 22 goals and seven assists this season. She helped Pine-Richland to a 19-4 record and a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. An all-state selection.
Lauren Yob, South Park SR.
A four-year starter, Yobbi will play next season at Pitt. This season, she had 15 goals and 16 assists for a team that finished as runner-up in both WPIAL and PIAA Class AA. Yobbi, a midfielder, finished her career with 50 goals and 32 assists.