Southmoreland’s Cernuto chosen Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Saturday, November 28, 2020 | 4:07 PM
Olivia Cernuto moved to forward this season for the Southmoreland girls soccer team, and the Scotties went forward with her.
The Scotties were one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 season as they won their first section title since 2011 and made the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in eight years.
Cernuto, a sophomore midfielder, tallied 37 goals and nine assists for the Scotties (13-2), who reached the quarterfinals.
Her performance earned her Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year honors.
Several players from Greensburg Central Catholic also were considered.
“The whole team had a great season, and Olivia was a big part of that,” Scotties coach Josh Pajak said. “I think Olivia moving up top to the forward position was a no-brainer. It is such a mismatch due to her skill and athleticism.”
Cernuto said the program had a turnaround season.
“We went from winning maybe one to two games a season to having a winning season and making it to the quarterfinals,” she said.
“This was definitely a memorable season for all of us. We enjoyed every minute of it, and our team was filled with a great group of girls. I am really looking forward to my next two years and to see what we can do next.”
Cernuto, a two-sport standout (basketball), has 63 goals in her still-budding career.
“She has been playing soccer her whole life and is a strong technical player,” Pajak said.
“She strikes the ball well and has a knack for finding the goal. She has the ability to take over a game and come through in pressure situations.”
Sr., MF, Norwin
Pitt commit earned All-WPIAL honors and had eight goals and seven assists for a Class 4A playoff team.
Sr., F, Belle Vernon
Led Leopards with 27 goals and 14 assists (101 career goals), while earning All-WPIAL recognition.
So., MF, Southmoreland
A talented offensive player who played defense for the upstart Scotties, she had a goal and three assists.
Sr., MF, Greensburg Central Catholic
IUP commit had 25 goals and 12 assists and earned All-WPIAL accolades for WPIAL champion and PIAA runner-up.
So., F, Greensburg Central Catholic
All-WPIAL player had 29 goals and 13 assists to lead Centurions, who won WPIAL title and finished second in the state.
Jr., MF, Greensburg Central Catholic
All-WPIAL selection and Villanova commit had 25 goals and 13 assists as GCC won WPIAL title and made PIAA final.
Sr., MF, Norwin
A Pitt recruit and All-WPIAL player, she had 11 goals to help Norwin return to the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Sr., MF, Belle Vernon
Georgia State commit and All-WPIAL honoree had 21 goals and 12 assists for playoff team.
Jr., MF, Franklin Regional
All-WPIAL pick and Towson commit had 12 goals and three assists for Panthers, who reached the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals.
Sr., MF, Mt. Pleasant
A Duquesne signee and All-WPIAL player, she had 21 goals for Class 2A playoff team.
So., F, Yough
An All-WPIAL selection, she had 20 goals to help Cougars make postseason run and return to WPIAL Class 2A semifinals.
Sydney Caldwell, Sr., GK, Franklin Regional
Maddie Delucio, Sr., F, Latrobe
Morgan Einodshofer, Jr., MF, Belle Vernon
Tatum Hoffman, Sr., F, Ligonier Valley
Malia Kearns, Jr., MF, Penn-Trafford
Taylor Klingensmith, Jr., MF, Southmoreland
Sydney Kranick, Jr., F, Franklin Regional
Kylie Smith, Jr., F, Greensburg Salem
Paloma Swankler, Jr., F, Norwin
Bethany Winnor, Jr., MF, Greensburg Central Catholic
Natalie Vilchek, Sr., MF, Yough
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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