Soccer players lose senior day games

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor

Pitt-Johnstown men’s and women’s soccer players acknowledged their seniors Saturday at their last home game of this season.

The teams played against Seton Hill University Saturday. The men’s team and the women’s team lost.

The men’s team is to have three graduates this year. Nolan Levine, Steve Taslov and Tyler Rothbauer.

The women’s team has five women set to graduate. Rebekah Schultz, Alyssa Ivanco, Kate McGrath, Lisa Mix and Jennifer Drover.

Levine said he felt sad thinking about Saturday being his last game, and that he and his fellow seniors wanted to give everything they had to win that last game.

“It would be nice to win, but I just want to make sure that I play my hardest.”

Levine said that, despite the team’s struggles in the last couple years, he had a good experience playing for Pitt-Johnstown.

“It’s been fun. The guys on the team are great. I wish we could have been more successful the last two years, but I have enjoyed playing here.”

Levine said he recognized that the team has not done well, but to him it didn’t matter. He said what mattered was that his team played their best.

“We have struggled in the new conference this year, but when we play our best we have been able to compete with any team,” he said. “If we go out and play our best soccer for 90 minutes, I think we can get a result.”

Mix said she will miss playing alongside her best friends, and looks forward to completing a chapter in her life.

“I enjoyed my career here and have grown as a player, student and athlete. I’m happy I got to meet so many close friends and I will definitely miss it.”

Mix said there is to be a ceremony commemorating seniors.

“We will recognize all their parents. Seniors are also given gifts and announcers read a personal message that each senior has written.”

Mix said the fan support so far this year has improved compared with previous years, and she hopes to see even more for their final game. She said it means a lot to all of the players for friends and families to be there.