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Talent level growing for Shaler girls soccer

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It often helps to have a good, balanced player to lean on when a season gets under way. At Shaler, the Lady Titans soccer squad has a versatile player it will look to as they try to get off to a good start. Senior Samantha Bahorich, who played in goal much of last season, will move out into the field and anchor the defense.

“She is one of our best players in the field, and that is where we needed help,” Shaler coach Chris Cantanese said.

Another field player who will help out is junior forward Megan Schwartz, who Cantanese said has a great deal of energy and a great work ethic.

Although last year starting goalie has moved positions, the position will be in good hands in junior Carley Feehan, who saw some game action last year and is ready to help the team on a full-time basis this season.

With the team set in the net, another defender with experience is ready to go. Junior Julia Jashinski will be back as a starter for her third season.

“Julia is a great leader on defense for our junior-heavy team,” Cantanese said.

Another three-year starter, Emily Hardek, is a skilled player whose ability to distribute and score will be important to the overall success of the team, Cantanese said.

The team may be junior-heavy, but the freshmen will be counted on to help, as well. Josie Fenn will be starting in the center midfield, and Cantanese said she is a solid player with a bright future.

“We are very young,” Cantanese said. “At any time, we could have four freshmen on the field. This is a tough section. Teams like Hampton, Seneca Valley, North Allegheny, Butler, Pine-Richland … we will have some growing pains and our numbers are growing and we are moving in the right direction. Our ultimate goal is to compete year in and out.”

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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