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2011 All-County Girls Soccer: Salvagno makes most of Wildcats' good fortune

December 07, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Tim Salvagno is The Herald-Mail's 2011 Washington County Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

The Williamsport girls soccer team seems lucky to have Tim Salvagno as its head coach.

Salvagno says the Wildcats are fortunate for much more significant reasons — reasons that are the foundation of his approach as coach.

“It starts with emphasizing two things to the girls: Taking pride in everything you do and realizing how lucky we are to have the opportunity to play the game,” he said. “There are millions of girls their age across the world who never get that opportunity.

“Along with those two factors, it’s about continuous improvement, whether it be throughout a season or through a practice.”

Williamsport continued to show improvement this year under Salvagno, who has been named The Herald-Mail’s 2011 Washington County Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

In his second year with the Wildcats, they finished 10-6-1 for their second straight winning season (after going a combined 16-29 the three previous seasons before he took over). They were county finalists for the first time in 11 years, and they finished second in the MVAL Antietam with a 5-1-1 conference record, which included a 2-1 victory over Class 1A state runner-up Brunswick. And two of their losses came against other state finalists — 1A champ Manchester Valley and 3A runner-up Urbana.

“The season was great for us,” Salvagno said. “It goes back to that continuous improvement. We were fourth in the MVAL Antietam last year, and this year we were second, and we were county finalists.”

They also went 1-1 in the West region playoffs, competing in Class 2A for the first time after years in 1A. And they were relatively young with only two senior starters.

“Next year, it’ll be big for us to show that we’ve improved on the past seasons and start getting some titles,” said Salvagno, who extends much of his team’s success to assistant coaches Robbie Shaw, Leah Mellott and Kendall Moss. “We’re not the most consistent team, and that’s what we need to build upon. We have to start getting results. That’s the key.”

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