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NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament field filled with Western PA talent

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On Monday, the brackets for the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament were released, with Pitt earning a spot in the same region with ACC rivals No. 1 Florida State and No. 3 Notre Dame.  

The Panthers will open the tournament hosting Ohio State, on Saturday, at Ambrose Urbanic Field, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.  

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The tournament will feature 64 teams — and there are a lots of Western PA-based players who will be part of it.  

Thanks to our colleague, Ed Rosensteel, we’ve assembled this list of all of the players on teams in the field.  

Here in Pittsburgh, we’re pretty familiar with the Pitt players and their contributions.

Already as a freshman, Piper Coffield (Mars) earned a spot on the Big 10 Conference all-Freshman team and the Big 10 tournament team this season.  Coffield has scored two goals and added three assists in her first collegiate campaign.    

The Hoosiers will open the tournament on Friday night, facing Atlantic 10 powerhouse Saint Louis.  

Mt. Lebanon’s Mia Bhuta made her debut with No 2 Stanford, who enter the tournament as the Pac 12 champions, completing an unbeaten (15-0-4) regular season. 

This season, as a freshman, and Bhuta started 18 of 19 matches, and has been a key addition to the Cardinal, as defensive midfielder, playing nearly 1,600 minutes.  

Below is the full list of players from Western PA who will be playing in the NCAA Women’s Soccer National Tournament.  

College Player. High School
Bucknell Eva Frankovic  Norwin
Bucknell Hannah Stuck Peters Twp
Florida Gulf Coast  Katelyn Kaufman Norwin
Indiana Piper Coffield Mars
James Madison  Sofia Decerb  Greater Latrobe
Michigan State Samantha Miller Butler
Moorehead State Christa Palla Kiski Area
Moorehead State  Sydney Palla  Kiski Area
Ohio University. Izzi Boyd Pine Richland
Ohio University Melia Peer Mt. Lebanon
Old Dominion Rhea Kijowski Waynesburg
Pitt Delaney Evers West Allegheny
Pitt Ellie Coffield Mars
Pitt Kaitlyn Killinger Plum
Pitt Landy Mertz Upper St Clair
Pitt Kaley Simqu Plum
Pitt Lucia Wells North Allegheny 
Pitt McKenzie Evers West Allegheny
Pitt Sarah Schupansky North Allegheny 
Stanford Mia Bhuta Mt. Lebanon
Towson Emily Kirkpatrick Plum
Towson Sydney Linderman Franklin Regional
North Carolina Tessa Dellarose Brownsville
Valparaiso Eve Miller Slippery Rock
Michigan State Ava Boyd Michigan State

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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