Alison Cooney, a junior, rescued Villa Maria’s water polo season Saturday and helped the Victors’ strong senior class clinch its second consecutive trip to the state tournament.
Cooney scored five goals, including three in overtime, to lead Villa to a 10-7 win over archrival McDowell in a Western Conference tournament first-round game at North Allegheny High School. That prolonged the Victors’ season and gave them a berth in the state tournament, which opens Friday at Cumberland Valley High School.
Cooney was just warming up Saturday, though. She also scored the winning goal at the buzzer in a 12-11 semifinal win over Cumberland Valley.
The Victors eventually claimed second place in the tournament and earned a No. 2 seed for the state tourney.
She is the third Villa water polo player to win the Breakout Fall Athlete of the Week vote this fall. Cooney follows Sarah Latzo and Christine Uht.
Who is the Breakout Fall Athlete of the Week?
- Alison Cooney, Villa Maria water polo (19%, 290 Votes)
- Kelsey Leasure, Seneca cross country (17%, 259 Votes)
- Melissa Perseo, McDowell cross country (11%, 162 Votes)
- Austin Pondel, Corry cross country (8%, 128 Votes)
- Mike Squeglia, Cathedral Prep water polo (6%, 89 Votes)
- Teven Vargo, Harbor Creek golf (5%, 73 Votes)
- Hunter Johnston, Saegertown cross country (4%, 66 Votes)
- Adina Spahalic, General McLane tennis (4%, 64 Votes)
- Trevor Rodgers, Cambridge Springs golf (4%, 55 Votes)
- Ethan Louis, Cathedral Prep cross country (3%, 52 Votes)
- Megan Moylan, North East golf (3%, 49 Votes)
- Adrianna Jeffress, McDowell tennis (2%, 38 Votes)
- Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep cross country (2%, 37 Votes)
- Lexi Bible, Hickory cross country (2%, 31 Votes)
- Brett Rinker, Slippery Rock golf (2%, 27 Votes)
- Taylor Pletz, Mercyhurst Prep cross country (2%, 26 Votes)
- Annie Ciacchini, Villa Maria golf (1%, 22 Votes)
- Rosy Hearns, Hickory golf (1%, 20 Votes)
- Nate White, Commodore Perry cross country (1%, 16 Votes)
- Reilly Walsh, Cambridge Springs cross country (1%, 16 Votes)
- Brian Ropiecki, Harbor Creek golf (2%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,535