The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a strong favorite to repeat
soccer champions in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference,
according to the AMCC pre-season coaches’ poll.
The Bobcats received five of seven first place votes. Penn State Behrend,
last season's runner-up in the AMCC title game, was narrowly
selected to finish second over Penn State Altoona, which received an
ECAC bid in 2002. While there was no consensus Preseason
Player of the Year, eyes will certainly be on Pitt-Greensburg's
Adam Zeleznick (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA), last season's
Player and Newcomer of the
forward who was a second team regional
All-America last season, Zeleznick led the conference in scoring
with 19 goals and 7 assists for 45 points. Their 19-1 record
earned the Bobcats an independent bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.
Another player who will get plenty of attention from the opposition
will be Penn State Behrend's Andy Laver (McDowell HS/Erie, PA).
The senior midfielder collected 10 goals and 3 assists last season,
and was a first-team all-conference selection.
Other players to watch:
D Mike Mutchler (Leonardtown HS/Leonardtown, MD)...Started
all 19 games for the Bobcats last season...Second team all-conference
selection...voted 2003 team captain.
F Matt Moffa (Eastern Technical HS/Baltimore, MD)...4 goals on 12
shots in 2002, playing in only 14 games.
MF Fred Biney (John F. Kennedy HS/Silver Srping, MD)...All-AMCC
honorable mention in 2001 and 2002.
MF Dan Pajic (Baldwin
HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...Second team all-conference as a
freshman...scored 7 goals and 6 assists to lead the team in scoring.
D Joe Barbaro (Webster HS/Webster, NY)...Lake Erie’s only
returning senior... expected to provide much leadership for the entire
F Kyle Mann (Randolph HS/Randolph, NY)...Coming back after
sitting out last season due to injury...should provide scoring punch for
PENN STATE ALTOONA
D/MF Ryan Meyers (State College HS/State College, PA)...Second team All-AMCC
last year...team's Rookie of the Year.
GK Kurtis Wagner (Juniata HS/Thompsontown, PA)...Led the
conference with a .98 GAA in 2002
PENN STATE BEHREND
GK Jacob Hordych (Northeast HS/Northeast, PA)...Second team All-AMCC
last year...Posted 5 shutouts and a 1.62 GAA.
MF Scott Stewart (Seneca Valley HS/Harmony, PA)...Tallied
4 goals and 5 assists in 2002...Named team captain for the coming
F Jason Tobias (Bishop George, HS/Rahway, NJ)...2002 stats: 9
goals plus 5 assists ...Also capable of playing goalkeeper (high school
MF Dave Tintera (Penn Trafford HS/Harrison City, PA)...Among
the AMCC leaders in scoring with 11 goals (6 game-winners) and 10
assists in 2002...Second team All-Conference selection.