This year, the Rebels Men’s Soccer Team accomplished a goal that has set them apart from the men’s soccer teams of the past here at Seton-La Salle. When the Rebels won the WPIAL Championship at Elizabeth Forward, it marked the first time that the Rebels were back-to-back WPIAL Champs.
The Rebels have won the WPIAL Championship a total of five times in the last ten years. They have won in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, and now in 2011. The 2011 championship was a very meaningful game for the seniors on the Rebels’ team, especially since Tyler Balzer scored the game-winning goals in both games. In 2010, the Rebels beat Greensburg Central Catholic in a 3-0 victory, with Balzer scoring the first goal. This year, a deliberate handball in the box by opponent OLSH gave Seton-La Salle a last minute penalty kick. With about two minutes left, Balzer put the penalty kick in the back of the net and the Rebels were up 1-0. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) had put all of their effort to score, but they could not get past the defense and goalkeeper of Seton-La Salle. The defense is anchored by Steve Pozycki, along with Matt Onorato and Eric Albright. Goalkeeper Joseph Christopher also made a few key saves to keep the Rebels in the game.
With the latest WPIAL Championship, the Rebels’ soccer team has shown its dominance in the Single A soccer. They have consistently been the team to beat for about ten years now, and look to stay that way. With the coaching of Mike Thomas and his assistants, along with the hard work and determination, the Rebels will remain a top contender for years to come.