Field hockey team earns win No. 600 for Soto

Congratulations to Penn Manor field hockey coach Matt Soto – and his players – for a win Saturday that marked the 600th victory for Coach Soto.

The Comets beat Unionville, 5-3, in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals and now face Emmaus Tuesday in the state championship semifinal round.

After the game, team members and assistant coaches posed with Soto as they waved “600” signs. The coach said he was honored but attributed his success “to the great people around me.”

Soto has coached at Penn Manor for 11 years, compiling a record of 249-38-9, with eight section championships, five league championships, three district championships and two state titles. He previously coached at Middleburg High School.

“Matt is a dedicated coach who inspires our student athletes to excel on the field of play, as well as in the classroom,” said Jeff Roth, Penn Manor athletic director.  “The team has consistently won the National Coaches Association Award for Academic Excellence, and this year’s team has an overall grade-point average of 4.0.”

“Matt has coached many Pennsylvania All-State and All-American Players, and many of his graduating class players continue their field hockey and academic careers on college scholarships,” Roth said.

“Matt is an outstanding coach and person who has inspired excellence in our student athletes.”

Kudos, Matt, on win No. 600, and best wishes for future success. Go Comets!

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