PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University women's soccer team is back on the pitch in 2017 with two conference championships under its belt and a host of incoming athletes to add to the roster.
The Pioneers look to build on back-to-back trips to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round with returning starters, 2016 River States Conference First Team nominee Izzy Hunter, Gabby Widman (2016 RSC Second Team), Noel Hartle, Nikki Polens and Abby Magliocca, to name a few.
Last season, the Pioneers were 10-8-2 (6-2 RSC) and won the RSC Tournament to advance to the NAIA national tournament for the second year in a row.
"I am confident we have a talented incoming class that not only can come in and impact the first team, but also make a difference in the overall success of our program," Kuhn said. "I am eager to get started. I have seen both incoming and returning players committed to doing work this summer, which makes me even more excited for the fall."
The Pioneers welcome nine freshman and one transfer in the incoming class. Coach Kuhn will have a wealth of senior leadership on this year's team, as well as a number of returning athletes who saw significant playing time last season to balance out the incoming talent.
Below is the 2017 incoming class for Point Park women's soccer:
BAILEY BOYD (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock High School)
Position: Outside Midfield/Forward
Sports Awards: Offensive Player of the Year, First Team Region 2 All-Stars, First Team All-County, First Team All-Conference
Academic Awards: High Honor Roll, Student of the Month, Top Ten Class of 2017, graduated Summa Cum Laude
COURTNEY CLARK (Mount Jackson, Pa./Mohawk High School)
Position: Outside Defense or Midfield
Sports Awards: All-Section junior and senior years, All-WPIAL senior year, WPIAL All-Star Soccer Team, MAC Athlete 2016 representing Mohawk High School
Academic Honors: Honor Roll (four years)
BROOKE DORAN (New Kensington, Pa./Valley High School)
Sports Awards: Trib Athlete of the Week, four year varsity letterman
Academic Honors: Class of 2017 Valedictorian, National Honor Society
MORGAN FRENCH (Waynesboro, Pa./ Waynesboro Area High School)
Sports Awards: Women's soccer varsity letter winner
CALISTA HYNES (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak High School)
Sports Awards: Adidas National Showcase player of the game, All-Stark County honorable mention
Academic awards: Silver Key Award for Scholastic Art Awards, Animation and Graphic Design Student of the Year
KELSEE MCHUGH (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills High School)
Position: Outside Midfielder
Academic Honors: High Honor Roll (four years)
AMANDA MEANS (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands High School)
Academic Awards: Honor Roll
OLAJUA PEDEMONTE (South San Francisco, Calif./Feather River College)
Position: Center Back
Sports Awards: Started all 17 games for Feather River in 2016
Academic Awards: 2016 Academic All-Conference award
REGAN TISCHLER (St. Marys, Ohio/St. Marys Memorial High School)
Position: Left Back
Academic Awards: Summa Cum Laude, All-WBL Academic
EMILY VALENTINETTI (Erie, Pa./Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy)
Sports Awards: Varsity Captain
Academic Honors: Summa Cum Laude, National Honor Society