Mars High School

HIGH SCHOOL:  Mars High School.  Mars, PA.  

COACH: Blair Gerlach {}


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Was pretty special to end my HS career as the #1 team in the nation. GO MARS.




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WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: MARS Hoping Third Time is a Charm ~ by Ed Phillips.  August 30, 2019

“We’re all the same,” said Coffield. “There’s no freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors. We’re just a team fighting for a championship.”

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TRIB HSSN Preseason Girls Soccer Rankings – by Bill Beckner Jr. August 27, 2019
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WPIAL PLAYERS TO WATCH – by Ed Rosensteel. August 26, 2019



By: Bill Beckner Jr.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 5:21 PM

Soccer watch

A number of WPIAL players are up for All-America recognition from Top Drawer Soccer, one of the top internet outlets on the national soccer scene.

Four on the watch list are from Westmoreland County, including three Norwin girls: junior Eva Frankovic, senior Maddy Genicola and sophomore Katelynn Kauffman.

Frankovic and Kauffman are Pitt commits, and Genicola is headed to Duquesne.

Belle Vernon senior Markello Apodiakos is the lone area player on the boys watch list.

WPIAL-wide, seven additional girls are on the list, including Chloe Kuminkoski of Moon, Emily Clopp of Canon-McMillan, Ellie Coffield of Mars, Courtney Coholich of Hampton, Regan LaVigna and Hannah Stuck of Peters Township and Krystyna Rytel of Shady Side Academy.

Other boys on the list include West Allegheny senior Nathan Dragisich, junior Joe Kearney of North Catholic and senior Tate Mohney of Butler.

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43783444090_fe05ac5627_o copyMars knocks off rival Hampton for third time this season to advance to WPIAL final

PGH Soccer Now by John Krysinsky
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 20, 2018
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Junior Taylor Hamlett leads the team with eight goals, ahead of sophomores Ellie Coffield (7 goals) and Caroline Wroblewski (5 goals).
Commitment Roundup

GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEWSept 2018 - Sophomore season


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Mars 7, DuBois 1 — Maggie Williams scored twice, and Megan Zukowski, Taylor Hamlett, Ellie Coffield, Kaitlyn Pietrusinski and Caroline Wroblewski also scored as WPIAL runner-up Mars (17-2) won a PIAA Class AAA first-round game at Clearfield. ~ High School Round Ups, TribLive, November 8, 2017

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield (41) fights for a loose ball with Moon’s Chloe Kuminkoski in the WPIAL 3A Girls Soccer Finals Friday night at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. The Planets lost the game, 3-2. ~ Cranberry Eagle, November 4, 2017
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FROSH HELP MARS GIRLS REACH FINAL ~ Imperial — Mars’ girls soccer team has won this season while starting four freshmen. The youth movement has played a pivotal role in the team’s success. That theme continued Monday night.
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Mars 8, Laurel Highlands 0 — Ellie Coffield scored three times, and Maggie Williams added two scores to lead No. 2 Mars (14-1) to a first-round win over No. 15 Laurel Highlands (8-8-1). ~, October 24, 2017, High School Round Up

Mars 8, Laurel Highlands 0 — Ellie Coffield scored three times, and Maggie Williams added two scores to lead No. 2 Mars (14-1) to a first-round win over No. 15 Laurel Highlands (8-8-1). ~, October 24, 2017, High School Round Up

MARS WINS BIG AT HOME — Planet girls roll to 8-0 playoff win.  Mars earned 11 corner kicks on the night and received a hat trick from freshman Ellie Coffield. It was not Coffield’s first varsity hat trick. She tallied one in a 4-0 win over Hampton Oct. 11. “The rain makes playing defense pretty scary,” she said, “but it’s definitely an advantage for the offense.” The Planets (14-1) now have 13 shutouts on the season. “We just want to stay in (the playoffs) as long as we can,” added Coffield. “We love soccer and are having a lot of fun.”     ~ Butler Eagle, Derek Pyda, Eagle Staff Writer, October 24, 2017

Mars did more than run the table in girls soccer section play this season. The Planets (13-1, 10-0) did not allow a goal in section competition all year, completing the run with a 4-0 win over Hampton Wednesday night. Ellie Coffield scored three goals and Megan Zukowski added one. Taylor Hamlett had three assists.
~ Butler Eagle, October 12, 2017, High School Round Up
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No. 2 Mars maintains shutout streak with win over Franklin Regional ~
Franklin Regional’s Victoria Rothrauff battles Mars’ Ellie Coffield for a header during their game Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Adams Twp. ~ Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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Mars girls earn soccer shutout – again
4-0 win over Knoch marks 8th blanking in 9 games ~ Butler Eagle, October 3, 2017

Upper St. Clair 4, Mars 1 — Jane Madson and Nikki Gibbons each scored twice as Upper St. Clair (4-4-2) won a nonsection game against Class 3A No. 3 Mars (8-1). ~ Tribune Review, September 28, 2017

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Girls soccer roundup: Mars deals Canon-McMillan rare loss.  ~ Observer-Reporter, September 23, 2017

Mars 9, Indiana 0 — Maggie Williams scored three goals and Taylor Hamlett added two as the Planets rolled. Ellie Coffield, Ellie Howell,    Caroline Wroblewski, Kiara Khemani also found the net for Mars.  ~ Butler Eagle, September 16, 2017

JEFFERSON TWP — Don’t let the underclassmen fool you. The 2017 edition of Mars girls soccer is a force to be reckoned with. The Planets featured three sophomores and four freshmen in their starting lineup Monday night against an undefeated Knoch squad, but dominated play in a 2-0 win in the Section 1-AAA opener for both teams. “Everybody plays somewhere,” said Mars coach Blair Gerlach in reference to his players’ roster spots on club teams. “They’re facing world-class competition over the summer.” The victory improved the Planets to 3-0 on the season. “That’s a little unexpected,” added Gerlach. “We thought we’d face a few more knocks on the chin, but while we are young, we are also resilient.”        ~ Butler Eagle, September 12, 2017