University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

2008 Season Preview

     A new coach, several new faces and a lot of enthusiasm is what the Pitt Johnstown women’s soccer program looks at as it enters the 2008 season.  Head Coach Jim Herlinger takes over the helm of a program that posted an 8-13 overall record and earned a spot in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) post-season tournament a year ago.
     The Lady Cats return six starters and eight letter winners, including junior midfielder Kristin Kelly (Bethel Park, Pa.), a Second Team All-Region selection and a second team All-WVIAC choice in 2007.  Kelly finished second on the team in scoring with 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists) last season.  Sophomore forward Lauren Penn (Plum, Pa.), the team’s top-scorer with 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists) returns, along with junior forward Alicia Zack (Irwin, Pa.), who tallied seven goals and three assists last season.  Also back is junior midfielder Lindsay Plowman (Kiski, Pa.), a six-goal scorer in 2007.
     Pitt Johnstown must secure its back line if 2008 is going to be a successful one.  Two-year starter and Second Team All-WVIAC selection Emily Babik (St. Mary’s Pa.) and Kelly Steiner (Elizabeth, Pa.), this year’s lone senior, will anchor the defensive unit with help from this year’s newcomers.  In addition to Babik, red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Paha (Slickville, Pa.) is expected to remain the starter in the net.  Paha had a 6-10-0 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average in 2007.  Six of Paha’s victories came by way of shutout.
     The potential for a good season is there, but with 11 new players on the team, it may take some time for the Lady Cats to gel.  Coach Herlinger and his Pitt Johnstown team are approaching the 2008 campaign with cautious optimism, but with high expectations.  The schedule will be a serious challenge.  The Lady Cats will not only take on a difficult WVIAC conference schedule, but will also play six Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) teams.