2011 LADY CAT SOCCER SEASON PREVIEW
The 2011 season could be a very exciting campaign for fourth-year Head Coach Jim Herlinger and the Lady Cat soccer team. Pitt-Johnstown returns 12 letter-winners, including seven starters from a year ago. However, Rebecca Foreman (M/D, Rockwood, Pa.) will be the lone senior on this year’s squad. Nearly half of the roster is made up of newcomers, but the future definitely looks bright on the horizon.
Junior goalkeeper Victoria DerVanik (Bridgeville, Pa.), should have some support this year after having to mind the net solo last season. Red-shirt sophomore Rebekah Schultz (Alison Park, Pa.) and freshman Timi Shiock (Punxsutawney, Pa.) will join her in the net.
On the back line, defenders Kelsey Richardson (JR, Scottdale, Pa.) Lanie Thompson (JR, Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Jen Drover (SO, Monroeville, Pa.) will be called on to anchor the defense, while Foreman, Gena Pentz (JR, Johnstown, Pa.), Alyssa Ivanco (SO, Trafford, Pa.), and Khellya Okunar Osei (SO, Rosedale, MD) will make up the core of the midfield. Up top, Coach Herlinger will need Jackie Becerra (SO, Saddle Brook, NJ) and Lisa Mix (SO, Framingham, MA)to provide the offensive spark.
Adding to the mix is a group of talented freshmen who all have experience playing multiple positions. Savanna Wingard (Johnstown, Pa.) and Chelsea Miller (North Huntingdon, Pa.) will be looking to earn playing time at forward. Carrie Siebert-Edgar (Tarrs, Pa.) and Emily Brady (Donegal, Pa.) are expected to compete for time on defense, while Janna Stoup (Carlisle, Pa.), Karley Staffen (Monongahela, Pa.), Elizabeth Steffen (Halifax, Pa.), and Alex Kalup (Irwin, Pa.) have the experience to play any role on the field.
Along with nine WVIAC matches in 2011, the Lady Cats will travel to Long Island, NY to take on Molloy College and NCAA Division II nationally-ranked C.W. Post. New to the schedule this year are Carlow College and Notre Dame (OH) College, both of which will make trips to Johnstown.
The Lady Cats definitely feel that they are better than their 2010 record reflects. After suffering though six one-goal losses last season Pitt-Johnstown feels it has a lot to prove in 2011.