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Healthy Vincentian girls soccer team ready for 2013

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

There is reason for optimism for the Vincentian Lady Royals soccer team in 2013. A series of injuries put the team in a tough spot a season ago, and with a new season comes a fresh and healthy start.

A core of seniors will lead the way for coach Marko Vujicic and perhaps none is more important than goalie Molly Robinson. Rachel McNulty is a great scorer, Vujicic said, and Mckenzy Santos also will be back to help.

The midfield is young, but Vujicic said he has seen a lot of good things in camp. The group is heavy on youth with Samantha Potter and Keeley Aiken teaming up with sophomore Hanna Canil. Olivia Horgan, a sophomore who saw playing time a year ago, will be joined by another freshman in Kailee Koryak, who like the other freshmen, the coach will be expecting great things from.

“One of the things I like is that we are solid in all aspects of the field,” Vujicic said. “All of our players are good.”

Another thing the coach likes about his young squad is the team spirit and closeness of the group both on and off the field.

“They play together and hang out in and out of school,” he said. “They are really dedicated.”

The rash of injuries that derailed the season last year may pay dividends now. Many players got experience and came back ready to play.

“Only 11 can start, but all of them can come in and play, and all of them will give 110 percent when they are in there,” Vujicic said. “I was amazed how many kids stepped up last year and it is that fight and desire that got them to this point.”

The Lady Royals have a big game coming up on Sept. 9 at Highmark Stadium, the home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Vincentian will take on rival Avonworth at 7 p.m.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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