Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Bishop Canevin's Greg McGuire, Fox Chapel's Elayna Burdelski
School: Bishop Canevin
Claim to fame: McGuire scored two goals to lead No. 5 Bishop Canevin (8-3-1, 6-1-1) to a 5-0 win over Brentwood in Section 2-AA action on Sept. 27. McGuire, who has a team-high eight goals, also recorded a hat trick in 10-1 win against the North Catholic on Sept. 18.
“I thought I performed pretty good in the Brentwood game even though it was a mess with the rain,” McGuire said. “In the second half, we came out and were able to handle them and I was able to help my team win. During the North Catholic game, we came out strong and were able to win it easily.”
What are your college plans for next year?
I'm really not sure yet. I'm not sure if I want to play soccer. But, I know I want to study some sort of business. No schools are really looking at me because I hurt my knee sophomore year. Last year, I was just trying to get back into shape. I'm looking at Pitt, Penn State and Ohio State if I'm not going to play soccer. If I were to decide to play soccer, I'm looking colleges like Penn State Behrend.
How do you think the team will do in the section this year?
I think we are going to win our section and contend for a WPIAL championship because we can contend with anyone on any given day with the talent on the team.
Who's your favorite opponent to face?
I look forward to facing and beating Seton-La Salle in two weeks. We lost to them in double overtime last time. We aren't looking past the other teams, but we want to win the last game against our rival.
What's your favorite food?
Pizza. I like Fiore's pizza.
What's your favorite Halloween costume?
My friend was the Lemonade Man from the Pirates last year.
School: Fox Chapel
Claim to fame: Burdelski has recorded 10 shutouts this season while only allowing five goals for Class AAA No. 3 Fox Chapel (12-1, 7-1). Burdelski led the Foxes to a 5-0 victory over Oakland Catholic in Section 3-AAA action on Sept. 24. The next day, she and the Foxes defeated Allderdice, 6-0.
“I've tried to work my hardest and improve on my skills,” Burdelski said. “I just want to be the best goalie I can be.”
As a freshman, did you expect to have this much success?
It can be overwhelming at times, but I hope we can do the best that we can as a team and have fun doing it.
How do you keep your mind involved in the game?
I try to just to tell people if their mark is getting away from them. I know I need to continue working on my yelling and my communicating with my teammates.
How are the players keeping the success in perspective?
We have practices that are tough. Coach (Erik) Duffy yells at you because he knows you aren't giving it your all. He just wants you to be the best that you can be.
What do you think the team has to do to get further in the playoffs?
I think we need to work together and believe in each other and continue to work hard.
What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas because I get to spend time with my family. Also, I like it because of the gifts.