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Captains Announced for @Pitt_WSOC

From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department report
Head coach Greg Miller has announced the trio set to lead the women’s soccer squad for the 2017 season, as Taylor PryceAshley Moreira and Emma Pozzulo are set to captain the Pitt squad.

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Taylor Price will be one of three captains this season for Pitt’s women’s soccer team. (Photo courtesy University of Pittsburgh Athletics) 

Redshirt junior, Pryce and senior Moreira will serve as first-year captains for the Panthers, while senior Pozzulo will begin her third season as a Pitt captain.

“It is exciting to announce Emma, Ashley, and Taylor as our three captains for the 2017 season,” Miller said. “They have all taken various paths to get where they are and yet are all equally prepared to lead our team.  Emma, who has the most experience having been one of our captains for the last two years, is the most seasoned, but Taylor and Ashley themselves bring unique qualities to the leadership team.  They all understand the responsibilities that lie within the demands of the captain role; leading, managing, and motivating carry well beyond the dimensions of the soccer field.”

A forward, Pryce appeared in two games for the Panthers last season before suffering a season-ending injury. She logged 43 minutes against Michigan in Pitt’s season opener, registering two shots, one on goal, in a 2-2 tie with the Wolverines.
Midfielder Moreira did not suit up for the Panthers during 2016. The Maple, Ontario native took a redshirt season to be able to compete as a member of the U20 Canadian National Team at the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in Papa New Guinea.
Pozzulo, also part of the Panthers’ midfield, saw action in 15 games, starting once against Kansas. On the season, she recorded two shots, earning a season-high 54 minutes against Notre Dame on Sept. 25, where she recorded one shot attempt.
The Panthers will kick off the season on Thursday, Aug. 8 as they host Youngstown State in an exhibition at Ambrose Urbanic Field. They’ll close out exhibition action on Aug. 12 at Ohio State, before opening the regular season at home against Hofstra on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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