PUNXSUTAWNEY — District and state championships teams are developed and built over years of work. The Punxsy girls' soccer team took big strides in the development toward this championship level this fall.
The Lady Chucks celebrated their hard work and honored the team's senior athletes and Most Valuable Player in their Thursday night season banquet held at the Chestnut Grove Independent Church.
"From where you started this season until where you finished, you would not believe the strides you made as a team," opened Punxsy coach Kevin Hughes during the honors and awards part of the night.
After having a tough 0-18 campaign in 2011, Punxsy made great strides this fall. The Lady Chucks finished 5-12 and improved to fourth of the six teams in the Upper Allegany Valley Soccer League Central Division.
The Punxsy girls' soccer team's big season award, Most Valuable Player, was award to goal keeper Allison Fye.
"Alli made saves all year that someone with her experience just should not have been able to make," pointed out Hughes. "She should not have had to face as many shots as she did, but to only allow the number of goals she did was just outstanding."
Over the team's 17 games, the sophomore faced 197 shots and allowed 39 goals. She posted a 2.29 goals against average and recorded an .810 save percentage.
The Lady Chucks had two players, senior Sydney Dubensky and junior Emily Horner, tie for the top season scoring honors. Both Punxsy players finished the year with five goals and four assists for the year.
Coach Hughes also honored his four senior players, Dubensky, Ashley Bacha, Karah Hollis and Tiffany Huffman.
"The team will truly miss not only what you four seniors brought to the field, but your leadership for the team," added Hughes.
Individually, the Punxsy coach singled out each senior — Dubensky for being one of the most positive people he has ever met, Bacha for her strong leg and defense, Hollis for being able to adapt to anything and Huffman for being so easy going and always handling the other team's best offensive attacks.