This week throughout Pennsylvania, boys and girls soccer teams have begun with official practices as PIAA mandated first day of practices for Fall sports is Monday, August 17.
In the meantime, most of the College teams have already been underway with their preseasons.
As the scholastic soccer teams have begun their preparations and training, here are some things to be on the look out for in the Pittsburgh area college soccer scene and a few players on local/in-state teams who have made their way on the Hermann Award lists:
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As a junior in 2014, Brett scored 15 goals and recorded three assists for a total of 33 points, a mark that was tied for first nationally at the end of the regular season. In all, the Jamaican native has scored 29 goals during his tenure at Robert Morris.
Brett has been projected as a high 2016 MLS Superdraft pick. Brett is part of a Jamaican pipeline at Robert Morris, where Devon “Speedy” Williams, who was signed by New York Red Bulls this year, was a teammate of Brett’s.
West Virginia junior Kadeisha Buchanan, who represented host Canada at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, where she won the Hyundai Young Player Award, heads the the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch for women’s soccer. Her Mountaineer and Canada teammate, Ashley Lawrence, is also on the list. They are among five nominees on the list who played in the Women’s World Cup. The other player on that list of note is SoccerAmerica – West Virginia pair tops women’s watch list is Raquel Rodriguez — a senior midfielder for Penn State who also played in the World Cup this summer — and at Heinz Field on Sunday for Costa Rica.
Pittsburgh Soccer Report will devote coverage of area College and High School soccer as many of their 2015 seasons will begin in the coming weeks.