Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Greensburg Central Catholic's Adam Tucker, Yough's Mikayla Mance
By Andrew John
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Tucker scored all three goals to lead Greensburg Central Catholic (6-3, 5-1) to a 3-0 win over South Allegheny in Section 1-A action on Saturday. On Sept. 20, Tucker, who has 10 goals this season, scored three times and added an assist to pace the Centurions to a Section 1-A win over Winchester-Thurston. It was the first multi-goal game of his career.
“Last week, I didn't really have a strong performance against Pine-Richland,” Tucker said. “However, I definitely showed up when I scored my three goals against South Allegheny. I was able to take advantage of every opportunity I was given.”
What were your team goals and individual goals going into the season?
First, our team goals at GCC are to win our section. However, our loss earlier in the year to South Allegheny was a setback. Also, another team goal is to put pride in our defense. For an individual goal, I want to help my team get to WPIALs and move on to the state playoffs.
If you had a chance to be one person in history, who would it be and why?
I would want to be Lionel Messi. He's my favorite soccer player and he's a lot of fun to watch. He also does a lot of charity work.
What player you model your game after?
Messi. He's more of a winger and no one can ever duplicate the things he does. I try to model myself after him as much as I can. I'm more of a finisher, while Messi is more of playmaker.
What's your favorite Halloween movie?
I definitely want to go see the new “Paranormal Activity” movie. I have seen them all. I think they are entertaining. They might not be the best movies, but they are good for a scare.
What's your favorite candy?
I definitely like to Reese's Cups as my favorite candy.
Claim to fame: Mance, who has 29 goals this season, scored three times for Yough (11-2, 8-0) in a 5-0 win over Southmoreland on Sept. 24. She also scored three goals in a win over Greensburg Salem on Sept. 20 and had five goals in a Section 1-AA win over Mt. Pleasant on Sept. 12.
“I thought I have been performing well, better than I expected,” Mance said. “I didn't expect to score this many goals.”
How have you had this much success this early on in your career?
It feels good, and it makes me look forward to years to come.
What were your goals going into this season?
I just wanted to score as many goals as possible this season and to get myself out there as much as possible.
How do you think the team will shape up in the section?
I think we have a good chance in winning our section and going far into the playoffs. We definitely have a strong team all around the field.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
New Year's Eve because it's my birthday and there is always a party.
Who's your favorite soccer player that you might model your game after?
Alex Morgan because she got recognized when she was real young and she plays forward, which is the same position I play.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kovacevic: Bylsma’s moves — yes, moves — pay off
- New Kensington-Arnold lays groundwork for consolidation
- Apollo proposes wide-ranging ordinance on rental properties
- McKeesport Area students may ‘have their cake and eat it too’
- Penguins rally to escape with a victory in Game 1 against Columbus
- Clairton marks Month of Young Child with parade, assembly
- Physical Columbus team is a hit in playoff opener against Penguins
- Mogie’s in Lower Burrell subject of hearing by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for noise
- 2 serious in New Ken stabbings
- Ballot issue to seek 0.25-mill property tax increase to support Springdale Free Public Library
- Butler County Commissioners OK display of ‘In God We Trust’ in meeting room