By Mark Swope, Student Reporter
Nominated by women’s soccer coach Ubaldo Murillo, freshman Wislene Verna has been named the female Athlete of the Month.
“Wislene has had eight goals in the last two games," says Coach Murillo. "She started and played the entire last two games, as well, and has never given up. She is always a constant threat to the defense and makes sure she has properly positioned herself at all times. This resulted in the goals she has scored. She is always helping the team by dropping back and playing as a defensive center back or mid-fielder. She never complains and will play any position to help the team. Even though she is a freshman, she displays a lot of maturity on and off the field. She also attends every practice and game, while making sure she maintains a high GPA due to being in the PTA program.”
“We make a good team at the top," says sophomore captain Natalie Richards. "I always know I can count on her to be there when I need someone to drop the ball to. She uses her speed to get passed the other teams’ defense. We can always count on her to put pressure on the other team and score.”
When asked how she has managed to find so much success in front of the goal so early on in the season, Verna responded, “Kobe mentality… you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. I try to keep this in mind so I can keep pushing myself and make sure that my mind is in the right place at all times.”
Verna attended and played soccer at West Shore Christian Academy.
Nominated by men’s soccer coach Doug Fisher, sophomore Kyle Stauffer has been named the male Athlete of the Month. Stauffer plays as both a forward and center attacking midfielder. In just the first match of the season (9-2), away against Patrick Henry, he recorded a goal and two assists. Away against Penn State Schuylkill (9-12), Stauffer again found himself on the scoresheet to help the Knights win 6-5.
When asked what inspired his performance against Patrick Henry, Stauffer responded, “What inspired my performance was we’ve been working hard all preseason and were itching to play. When we got out there we had two things in mind – to play our best and to win. I think we played very well as a team which got us the win. I’m very happy with the team and everyone left it all on the field.”
“Kyle has never missed one training session," says Coach Fisher. "He demonstrated versatility playing different positions in the same game. Perhaps most important, his attitude is always positive.”
Senior captain Mark Swope says, “Playing alongside Kyle is a pleasure. He is physically strong and he goes into every tackle as hard as he can.”
Stauffer attended and played soccer at Elizabethtown Area High School. He majors as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) while maintaining a 2.89 GPA in Central Penn’s demanding PTA program.