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Senior soccer players speak on final season

Lila Benjamin
Taking it in. Senior Quinn Boslet watches her team as she focuses on the last few minutes of the game. She was proud of her team and how they carried through this year.

On Tuesday,  Nov. 7, the girls’ soccer season ended after a loss to North Allegheny during the state playoffs. All seniors had to say goodbye to the sport they fell in love with 13 years ago. 

Every player has a different story about getting started playing soccer. For senior Quinn Boslet, her inspiration is passed down through her family. 

“My love for soccer comes from both my dad and grandpa who also played,” Boslet said. “Since I grew up playing soccer, it was bittersweet to think about leaving something I’ve known for forever. I am going to miss all of the players, but I’m really proud of all of us with how far we made it.” 

This season was one for the books as the girls went farther than they ever have before. However, it didn’t go quite as planned for seniors Macyn Behe and Meredith Dolansky. 

“I didn’t get much of a senior season because I collided with another girl during a scrimmage,” Behe said. “I got a bruised fat pad, which took four months to heal, but I still enjoyed being there for the team because they always keep me motivated to find a way to bounce back.” 

“I’m sad that my soccer career had to end early because of getting a concussion during a game, but I’m still always happy for my teammates and their success,” Dolansky said. 

To some, soccer may seem like it’s just a sport. Senior Aubrey Dietzel values the family type of bond she’s gained from her teammates. 

“Making connections and new friendships within the team is one of my favorite things because everyone is so supportive. We all try to help each other be better at the sport and just to be there for each other during hard times,” Dietzel said. 

This team has seen the best and worst sides of each player. It’s important to them that they are uplifting, even when things may get hard. Senior Hannah Vancas carries the impact of her team’s bond with her. 

“When I broke down, my teammates were always there picking me back up. If I felt alone, they never hesitated to give me back my confidence,” Vancas said. “My coaches have helped me to get better over the years and they’re always there for me, on the field and off the field as well.” 

Senior Hailey Kravetz is beyond proud of how the team has done this season. They worked hard for this, and hope the upcoming classes can take the team even further next time. 

“I was sad that it was all over,” Kravetz said. “I was still happy with how it turned out, being that we made school history by going further than we have ever been before. We couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of our coaches and the love that the team has for each other.” 

All of the seniors had one common piece of advice in mind for underclassmen: appreciate every moment, it goes by extremely fast. Have fun and enjoy the present before it’s gone. 

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Megan Shultz, Associate Editor
My name is Megan Shultz, and I am an associate editor on the Mt. Echo staff. Ever since I was young I would spend my free time writing stories for my family. Now, entering my senior year, I still get excited to show them my work. When I'm not reading or writing, I love to dance and hangout with my friends. Once I graduate, I hope to attend Mount Aloysius for their sonography program. Until then, I'm looking forward to my senior year and the awesome memories I will make.

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