Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Central Valley Qualifies for Piaa, Then Advances to Quarterfinals

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Central Valley Qualifies for Piaa, Then Advances to Quarterfinals

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Katie Alexander and Megan Hampe started playing soccer together on U-8 teams through the Center Soccer Club.

Alexander, who is two years younger than Hampe, would "play up" to be on a team with older players.

The duo stayed together until Hampe moved onto high school soccer as a freshman at Center and Alexander moved from the Center Soccer Club to a Beadling club team.

After two years apart, Alexander and Hampe were reunited last season on the the Central Valley High School girls' soccer team. Alexander, a freshman, and Hampe, a junior, looked like they never stopped playing together.

"We picked up right where we left off," Alexander said. "She knows where I'll be and I know where she'll be. It is easy to make plays because she is always in the right spot."

This year in their sophomore and senior years, respectively, Alexander and Hampe combined to score 45 regular-season goals.

Alexander scored 22 and Hampe led the team with 23. Both were named to the All-WPIAL team this season, it was the third time Hampe made the team and first for Alexander.

The pair have played a key role in Central Valley's drive to a spot in the PIAA Class AA tournament. By reaching the WPIAL semifinals, Central Valley, now in its second year of existence, qualified for the PIAA playoffs for the first time in program history. They entered the PIAA playoffs as the No. 4 team out of the WPIAL and defeated Juniata, 2-0, Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs at Hollidaysburg. They will play Selinsgrove on Saturday.

"I love playing with Megan," Alexander said. "I have grown up playing with her and I am used to it. It is nice having someone being able to finish plays you try to set up."

In the playoffs Hampe built on that goal total with four more goals to give her 27 on the season and help the Warriors build on a 17-1 regular season and reach the WPIAL semifinals where the Warriors lost to South Park, 2-1. …

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