Peters Grad Playing in Australia

By Batko, Brian | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), December 30, 2018 | Go to article overview

Peters Grad Playing in Australia


Batko, Brian, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


In high school, former Peters Township soccer star Veronica Latsko played her road games at such exotic locales as Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley and Upper St. Clair.

Five years later, her experiences traveling and playing the game she loves are slightly different.

"I've gotten to see Melbourne twice, got to see Sydney, been to Brisbane, and next week we're going to Newcastle," Latsko said by phone last week.

That's Newcastle, New South Wales, in Australia, not the one in Lawrence County.

Latsko, who was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette girls soccer player of the year her junior and sophomore seasons before missing her senior campaign with a knee injury, is now playing for Adelaide United FC's women's team in the W-League, Australia's top division of women's soccer. She signed with her current team in October, about a month after wrapping up her rookie season with the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League.

The NWSL is the highest level of women's soccer in the U.S., and Latsko, a forward, was a third-round pick after four seasons playing at the University of Virginia, a college career capped by a first-team All-ACC selection. That, in a nutshell, is how she ended up with her own Wikipedia page and a Christmas spent in Australia.

"I still get calls and texts from coaches and teammates," Latsko said, reflecting on her Peters Township days. "They're incredible. And of course my grandparents are watching every game."

Even the Australia ones?

"They're not willing to stay up until the 3:30 am time change," Latsko said with a laugh, "but my parents do."

In Houston, Latsko scored three goals and tallied two assists in 21 games for the Dash, which finished 9-10-5. Now that she's on loan to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, she's all about maximizing her production there while also staying sharp for her second NWSL season.

"Just getting back into the swing of things and developing myself as a player, so I can be more of an impact for our team," she said. "I had more of a sub role, and I'd love to build off that sub role and get more time as a starter, or just to help the team any way I can."

It doesn't hurt to do all that in a foreign country, either, especially when you enjoy that life as much as Latsko. She has one fellow American on her team, but also another NWSL player - from Iceland - on the roster. …

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