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Pitt women add Allentown, PA area standout Ava Hanna to Class of 2019

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portions from University Pittsburgh Athletic Department report / Kelly Dumrauf

Pitt women’s soccer head coach Randy Waldrum already has a large group of new players that will be joining his program in the Fall, and today he announced the addition of Ava Hanna to the Panthers’ program.

“I’m extremely excited about Ava and her decision to attend the University of Pittsburgh,” said Waldrum. “She’s a great addition to a very good incoming class of 2019. She brings a dynamic playing style and a competitive attitude to our front line, which is an area we needed to improve in. Her instincts for finding the goal are good and she has confidence in her ability.”

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A native of Allentown, Pa., she was a four-year starter at Parkland High School, leading the team to unparalleled success in the Eastern Pennsylvania League.

She wrapped up her high school soccer career ranked in the top 20 in Parkland history in points, goals and assists.

As a senior captain, Hanna earned second-team all-state recognition, as the squad won Eastern Pennsylvania conference league and division titles and were District XI AAAA Girls Soccer champions all four seasons.

Hanna has played on various club teams including the Parkland Area Soccer Club, Lehigh Valley United, Western Lehigh United and Harleysville FC.

A few years ago, she suffered an ACL injury, and was featured in this video about her recovery.

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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