Shiock named lone Punxsy girls' soccer All-Star

PUNXSUTAWNEY โ€” Punxsy senior Timi Shiock โ€” a goalkeeper for the Lady Chucks for more than three years โ€” has ended her career by being recognized as an Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League Girls' Central Division All-Star for the second-straight year.

Shiock was the only member of the Lady Chucks to be named an All-Star this season, as both she and Sierra Milton were 2009 All-Stars. She helped Punxsy accomplish a 6-12 season in 2010.

During those six 2010 victories, Shiock allowed just five goals. In addition, Punxsy gave up a school-record low of 47 goals this season.

"I think Timi was chosen to be on the All-Star this season because all of the coaches in the UAVSL Central, including myself, saw how hard she worked in the games and how talented of a goalkeeper she is," Punxsy head coach Tom Robicheau said. "I think Timi is and has been the best goalkeeper in District IX for the last two years."

Robicheau, once a keeper himself, said he didn't want to take away from any other keepers, but felt strongly about just how talented Shiock has become. He said that her ability is more than just making saves, but also punting and goal kicks.

"She makes players think about how they're going to beat her," Robicheau said. "When you can make a diving save on a penalty kick that is going (toward the) post, that is the next level of being a keeper."

Shiock has played a big role in Punxsy's success since she started in goal a few games into her freshman season. That year, she helped Punxsy win six games and tie two teams.

As a sophomore, Shiock surrendered just six goals during Punxsy's six triumphs, including a pair of shutouts, and she had three shutouts in 2009.

"I think the last two years, she has been voted to the list has been not only great for her but for the PAHS girls' soccer program," Robicheau said. "This year, she has shown great leadership and poise under pressure. I hope she continues to grow and learn as goalkeeper. This is not the last time I will see her play (in goal)."

Brookville senior Alyssa Byerly and Brockway junior Amanda Lindenmuth split the girls' central division Most Valuable Player award.