The Penn Manor Comets Field Hockey team will begin their efforts to repeat as L-L League champions without their head coach of 16 years Matt Soto.
He resigned after the 2020 season.
Matt Soto led the Comets to 14 straight L-L League titles and on Oct. 20th, 2020, Soto won his 700th career win.
Only six other field hockey coaches have that many wins in the USA.
Soto, 61, began his teaching and coaching career at Middleburg High School in Snyder County 36 years ago. He moved to Penn Manor in 2005.
The Comets have also won three District Three championships, state championships in 2008, 2014 (co-champions with Palmyra) and 2017, and reached the state final three other times.
The 2017 Comets were the top-ranked high school team in the country. Soto also won a state title at Middleburg in 1995. He has coached numerous all-Americans and major college players.
Jill Funk (nee Witmer), an All-American at Penn Manor and at the University of Maryland, is a former member of the U.S. National team who played in the 2016 Olympics.
Soto is retired from teaching, but he has held a full-time position as the director of athletic operations at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.
Here is the report on the title game last year in which Penn Manor beat Lampeter-Strasburg 5-0. Check out the video highlights.
L-L League Field Hockey Championship: Penn Manor scored early and late to win the Lancaster Lebanon League championship with a 5-0 victory over the Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg.
This is the Comets’ third title in four seasons and 12th overall.
Malayna Kahl scored the first two goals for Penn Manor, and Jasmine Miller notched the next three.
Penn Manor’s goal keeper CC Charles stopped six shots on goal by Lampeter-Straburg.
The second season begins next week when both teams head into District Three play. Penn Manor will play in the Class 3A and L-S in 2A.