Ryan Riordan | Post Gazette
The Peters Township boys soccer program has won WPIAL Class AAA titles twice in the past four years, finished runner-up in the district last year and is one of the top teams in WPIAL Class AAA again this season. Despite that success, the school’s “other” soccer program often overshadows these Indians.
The Peters Township girls soccer team is the two-time defending Class AAA state champions and is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL this season. The girls’ achievements have gained them a good deal of acclaim both locally and statewide. There’s no jealousy from the male side, however. Bryan Hall, a senior captain for the boys team, said the two teams cheer for each other as both strive to win championships.
“I think we support each other,” Hall said. “We wish each other the best.”
Peters Township boys coach Bob Dyer said that extends to the coaching staffs. He pointed out that the teams’ coaches have a great relationship with each other, often bouncing ideas off one another in efforts to improve. But Dyer admits there is a friendly rivalry between the two teams.
“I think everyone wants to be the top dog in their own house,” Dyer said.
Although the Indians boys (13-1-2, 10-0-2) may not be the top soccer team at their own school — the girls finished the regular season with a 17-1 overall record and the section title with a 10-0 mark as well as the Post-Gazette’s No. 1 ranking in Class AAA — they are the top team in tough Section 5-AAA this season. They defeated WPIAL champion Upper St. Clair, 2-0, last Thursday, then clinched the section title with a 3-0 blanking of Moon Area Monday night. The victory against Upper St. Clair, coupled with an earlier 2-2 tie with the Panthers, served as vindication for the Indians following last season when the Panthers beat Peters three times, including a 2-1 win in the WPIAL Class AAA title game.
“I think the win