The Shaler Girls Soccer team was able to kick off their season with a mix of old and new. Despite their abundance of starting underclassmen, they are currently 6-10-1 with victories against Ligonier Valley, Penn Hills, Deer Lakes, Hampton, Vincentian Academy, and Taylor Allderdice.
“We have a lot of underclassmen that are starting and playing. They’ve done a great job contributing, but I think we still have a lot of room for improvement,” Alliya Duritza, junior goalie says.
Throughout the course of the season, the team has been working specifically on finishing along with ball skills and becoming tougher.
“During practice we work on the things we didn’t do so well the game before. Usually the improvement of the skill shows through during the next game,” says junior Isabella Harrison.
Although North Allegheny and Pine Richland are leading the section, North Hills and Hampton are the team’s biggest rivals because they compete at the same level.
“Seneca Valley and Pine Richland are always tough games because they usually are the top two teams in the section. We’ve been able to compete with Hampton and North Hills so they are a tough opponent, too,” Duritza says.
The team has seen more success this season than in the past. Shaler previously suffered from severe losses against North Allegheny and Pine Richland, but this year has been different.
“This year’s season is going better than the past two. Last year we got crushed by North Allegheny and Pine Richland. This year we kept those scores a lot lower. We should be able to have a better record than last year,” says senior captain, Sarah Vulakovich.
The girls play North Catholic in their final game.
“I think we’ll end the season strong. Our last game should secure us with a strong win to end the season with,” says Isabella Harrison.