April 3, 2021 - The Chargers’ undefeated varsity girls soccer team was recently ranked by MaxPreps the #1 girls soccer team in the nation. Throughout the season, the girls have been ranked in the top five but this marks the first time they received the #1 ranking. The team currently sits at 7-0 overall and 2-0 in CISAA conference play. In addition to their national ranking, the Chargers also hold the #1 ranking in North Carolina and the NCISAA.
In their seven games, the team has exhibited impressive numbers on both sides of the ball. Defensively the Chargers have only given up 4 total goals to opposing teams while on the offensive side, they have scored 45 goals for an average of 6.5 goals per game.
The strength of the team is their seven seniors who have been an integral part of the program since freshmen year. The team was the NCISAA state runner-up in 2018 and NCISAA state champions in 2019. The team was headed for another impressive season in 2020 until Covid surfaced and cancelled the Spring sports season.
Four of the seniors, along with one junior, have already committed to play at the next level. Morgan Hart has committed to the University of Georgia, Kennedy Jones to Elon University, Katerina Peroulas to the University of Pennsylvania, and Ashlyn Richards to Sewanee, The University of the South. Junior Ava Hellner recently committed to play for the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky.
In addition to having their college choices determined, Morgan Hart, Kennedy Jones, and Katerina Peroulas are all nominated for 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year. This is Morgan’s second year being nominated for this prestigious award.
Leading the offense for the Chargers is Katerina Peroulas who has 11 goals and 7 assists on the season. Kennedy Jones follows with 10 goals and 5 assists. Morgan Hart leads the team is assists with 14 while also contributing 6 goals. Junior Ava Hellner has kicked in 8 goals and 3 assists and sophomore Cam Sicard has 5 goals and 1 assist.
Team defense is an exceptionally strong component of the Charger success and much of that can be attributed to their two talented goalies, sophomore Chandler Brooks and junior Addy Holgorsen. Chandler and Addy split halves each game and together have only given up 4 goals.
Speaking with the Chargers head coach, Dan Dudley, this is his take on this year’s team: "This group of players is arguably one of the most talented and strongest groups to have competed in our Girls Soccer program. These are the young ambitious student-athletes that helped put this Soccer program on the map State-wide and recognized Nationally. This Program would not be where it is today without their commitment and dedication to PDS, their teammates, coaching staff and love of the game. Outside of the soccer field, these young girls embody confidence, personality, leadership and character. They are such an exciting team to work with each day and watch compete in every game!"