East Xtra: WPIAL's top scorer caps super career

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Each year that Jordan Toohey played soccer for Mount Pleasant High School, she would break the single-season scoring record.

And the next year she would aim to break it again.

She scored 30 as a freshman, 32 as a sophomore and 36 as a junior. This past season as a senior Toohey once again rewrote the school record book with a 45-goal performance. It was obviously the best in Mount Pleasant history and the best in the WPIAL this season.

"I wanted to keep breaking it every year," Toohey said. "I wanted to keep building on it."

Luckily for Toohey she does not have a fifth-year of high school eligibility because aiming for more than 45 is no easy feat.

Toohey capped her remarkable career with 143 goals. As a senior she scored against every team the Vikings played except one, Yough.

She did not simply pile up goals against weaker competition, she scored when it counted most.

Toohey led the Vikings to an 11-6-2 record and a second-place finish in Class AA Section 1. Mount Pleasant drew a tough South Park team for the third consecutive year in the playoffs. South Park has reached the WPIAL semifinals six out of the past seven years. In 2011 and '12 Mount Pleasant was shut out by South Park, 3-0, both years.

This year Mount Pleasant coach Josh Pajak decided to take an offensive approach rather than a defensive approach against the Eagles. His team jumped out to a 1-0 lead but fell behind 3-1 in the second half.

Toohey came up with perhaps her biggest goal of the season to pull the Vikings to within 3-2 but after losing their starting goalkeeper due to injury, Mount Pleasant conceded two late goals and fell, 5-2.

The loss was not a fitting end for Toohey but the fact that she scored against one of the WPIAL's best defenses was a fitting end to the career for one of the most consistent scorers in the WPIAL over the past four years.

"She is a pure goal scorer," Pajak said.

Toohey has always been a goal scorer but this season she became more of a complete player.

"This was definitely her best season and not just from a goal-scoring standpoint," Pajak said. "More girls on the team had more goals. She really transformed into a complete player. It was just a great season for her."

Toohey and senior all-section player Rachel Salai formed an elite scoring combo. Salai finished with 25 assists this season.

You could say Toohey became more of a point guard on the soccer field this year. Now she is transitioning to playing guard on the Mount Pleasant basketball team where she will be starting for her third season. Toohey is also a track standout competing in the 100- and 200-meter sprints along with relays.

It was that speed that allowed Toohey to excel as a young player. As she progressed through her career, the speed remained and the soccer ability grew.

"She has a lot of speed and she makes great runs to get herself in position to score," Pajak said. "She has progressed from someone who is just really fast to a great soccer player. She puts herself in position to get the ball and she makes her teammates better."

Next stop for Toohey is the Division I soccer program at St. Francis in Loretto, Pa.

"When you have a Division I player who does set the bar," Pajak said, "kids can see that can happen if they put the work in. Hopefully, we can produce a few more of those in the next couple of years."

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