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“Winning the W.P.I.A.L. last year was one of the most rewarding experiences; we overcame so much throughout the season, but we are looking forward to stepping up into the leadership role this season.” – Carley Bogan, Senior

the midfield. Senior Ellie Dinardo will most likely be the go-to crafty playmaker for the Panthers. Dinardo will start her third season on varsity and will look to link up with the strong forwards that the Panthers will boast. Seniors Ellie Blake and Rebekah Walsh will add experience and skill to the midfield as well. Outside midfielder she is described by her teammates as being one of the most hardworking players that they have ever played with. Her determination and attitude have won admiration from both her teammates and coaches alike, and Witsberger will undoubtedly carry that same mindset and work ethic into this upcoming season. Junior Olivia Belack will also be expected to provide a break-out year. Belack is a versatile player who will also see time up top this year, but her speed and skill set lend well no matter where she is placed on the field. Senior Meghan Allwes will also see time in the midfield in a more defensive role for the Lady Panthers this year. Up top, the Lady Panthers will rely heavily, once again, on Bogan. She has been on the varsity squad since her freshman year at Upper St. Clair, and has played with top quality players and has matured into one of the top forwards in the W.P.I.A.L. Last year, Bogan provided the bulk of the scoring for the W.P.I.A.L. champions, and she has steadily become a more all-around threat. Her speed combined with

her extraordinary skills set her apart from other quality forwards in the league. She will look to pair up with a variety of players who are slotted to play with her, depending on the team’s formation, but she will be a consistent threat for any team that is unlucky enough to have to try to defend her. Senior Alaina D’Aloisa will look to provide some of that support up top with Bogan. All in all, although dubbed as a “rebuilding year,” the Lady Panthers aren’t counting themselves out. Bogan said, “We will need a lot of players to step up this year, but I believe we can meet the challenge. This team will definitely be one to watch for, and teams shouldn’t overlook us.” Teams, especially South Hills rivals Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon, will probably not be overlooking the Lady Panthers in the 2012 season. With returning starters, and all-stars in Alfera and Bogan, teams will have more than their hands full at any given time. The nine other seniors have been preparing for their moment to step into the legacy that is Upper St. Clair girls soccer, and are excited and ready to meet the challenge. The Lady Panthers acknowledge that the only thing harder than winning a W.P.I.A.L. championship might be repeating that feat, but the seniors, along with the other talented players, are eager to do just that.

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