YourDailyLocal.com is counting down what we believe are the Top 10 moments/games/performances from the 2020-21 high school sports season in Warren County.
No. 6: Warren Soccer Teams Dominate Opponents
There’s having a strong season, then there’s what the Warren boys’ and girls’ soccer teams did in 2020.
The two teams didn’t just win, they dominated opponents all season long. They combined to go 31-0 in the regular season, 33-2 including the playoffs, and outscored teams by an astounding 234-5 margin (240-20 including playoffs).
The Lady Dragons mowed through their competition, won their second straight District 10 title, reached the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals, finished ninth in the MaxPreps 3A state rankings, and set numerous offensive records along the way.
They went 17-0 through the regular season, averaged 8.24 goals per game and, were it not for a pair of penalty kicks, came close to a season-long shutout defensively.
Kyleigh Wilson led the team (and all of District 10) with 45 goals, Kyra Wotorson was second on the team (and third in D10) with 31 and Paige Johnson finished with 19 tallies. Georgie Bickling led the team and D10 with 38 assists, Wotorson had 30 helpers and Wilson 29.
In 17 regular-season games, keeper Alyssa Andersen surrendered just one goal, on a penalty kick. At one point, Andersen pitched 10 straight shutouts. She also proved she could be a difference-maker in Warren’s PIAA first round win over Bradford.
The Lady Dragons topped Meadville to win their second consecutive D10 title, then had to fend off District 9 champion Bradford in a first round battle to advance to the state quarterfinals. Warren was blanked by eventual state champion Mars-the Planets didn’t surrender a single goal in either the WPIAL or PIAA playoffs-to end their outstanding season.
Warren’s boys were equally dominant through the regular season. The Dragons went 14-0 and outscored their opponents 94-4 through the regular season.
They averaged nearly seven goals per game (6.71) and were led by sophomore Parks Ordiway who had a breakout season with 33 goals. JT Blum had 15 goals and Mark Lynds 13. Wes Kiehl led the team with 21 assists while Ian Darling had 18 helpers and Blum and John Page added 11 each.
Alex Ferry had a big season in net with a 14-0 record and 12 shutouts, perhaps none bigger than in the D10 semifinals against General McLane.
The Dragons fell to Cathedral Prep in the D10 Championship, playing short-handed after Ferry was given a red card early in the first half, to end the season.
It was certainly a “season for the ages” for both teams, and one that isn’t likely to be replicated any time soon.