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2010 Season Preview

ATH09_118_HerlingerJim_T2010 Lady Cat Soccer Season Preview
     Head Coach Jim Herlinger (3rd season)
hopes the 2010 season will be the season the Lady Cat soccer team has been working towards for the past two seasons.  Pitt-Johnstown returns 14 letter winners, including six starters, from last year’s team that fell just one point shy of advancing to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Tournament.  However, this year’s squad will still be a young one, with just four seniors and one junior.
In goal, returning letter-winner Victoria Der Vanik (Bridgeville, Pa.) will be pushed for playing time by freshman Brooke Burnett (Pittsburgh, Pa.).  The duo should prove to be strong for the Lady Cats this season.
Experienced sophomores Kate McGrath (North Babylon, NY), Kelsey Richardson (Scottdale, Pa.), Elizabeth Webb (Johnstown, Pa.) and Lanie Thompson (Pittsburgh, Pa.), along with senior Katie Croyle (Petersburg, Pa.) will anchor the defense.
The midfield will boast solid performers in two-year starter Laura Hoehn (Braddock Hills, Pa.), seniors Brittney Miller (Slippery Rock, Pa.) and Taylor Morsillo (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and sophomore Honorable Mention All-WVIAC selection Lindsey Roessler (Chalfont, Pa.).
Up front, senior Lauren Penn (Plum, Pa.) will be joined by returners Gena Pentz (Johnstown, Pa.), Slippery Rock University transfer Hannah LaSota (Patton, Pa.), and red-shirt freshman Kori Zablotsky (Wapwallopen, Pa.).
The 2010 newcomers are a unique and versatile group, with experience at numerous positions on the field throughout their careers in high school and club.  Courtney Albitz (South Park, Pa.), a three-year starter and 2009 all–section choice, brings solid experience at the midfield and forward positions.  Jacqueline Becerra (Saddle Brook, NJ) is a three-time high school all-league performer and leading scorer who also has experience at midfield and forward. Another midfielder/forward is Samantha Collins (Bowie, Md.), an all-county player from Maryland.  Alyssa Ivanco (Trafford, Pa.) is an experienced and solid player from the Pittsburgh area.  Jennifer Drover (Monroeville, Pa.), a three-year high school letter winner, and Chelsea Wenner (Benton, Pa.), an all-league performer in high school, bring defensive and forward experience to the table.  In addition, Lisa Mix (Framingham, MA) has experience at all three field positions, and Khellya Okunar Osei (Rosedale, MD) will provide even more depth to the back line.
2010 could be a good one for Pitt-Johnstown.  With four senior leaders and a talented group of younger players, a trip to WVIAC Tournament could be in the cards for the Lady Cats.