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08/10/2015

2015 Pitt Women’s Soccer Preview

The Panthers will field a young but experienced squad this season.

QUOTING MILLER: “Seyla was able to train and play with some consistency last spring after sitting out all last fall.  She has a lot of talent and now that she is healthy will be a stalwart for our back line this year.”

2015: Named to Steel City Classic All-Tournament Team.

2014: Entered freshman season as the starter at central defender…Started and played in four matches on year before an injury earned her a redshirt for the year…Started the season’s first four matches against Akron (Aug. 22), Duquesne (Aug. 24), Robert Morris (Aug. 27) and at Toledo (Aug. 29)…Concluded season with three shots and one goal in 239 minutes of action…Scored first career goal on one shot against Akron (Aug. 22)…Played a career-high 86 minutes vs. Duquesne (Aug. 24).

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in December, 2013 from Howland High School in Howland, Ohio...Four-year soccer letterwinner for coach Pat Hovance...Injured during her senior soccer season and did not compete...Over her three-year high school career, accumulated 47 goals and 27 assists...Two-time First Team All-State Ohio selection...Two-time District 1 Player of the Year (2011 and 2012)...Three-time All-Region and All-District honoree...Three-time team Most Valuable Player selection...Scored 21 goals and added 15 assists while leading the Howland Tigers to a 16-3 record and regional final as a junior...Member of the Olympic Development Program and Region 2 team...Played nine years as a member of the Cleveland United club team (2005-14) for coaches Marco Raduka and Joe Raduka...United is currently ranked No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the region...Guided United to the 2013 Under-17 national title, the USYS national championship and a No. 1 national ranking...The team also won the 2013 USYSA National League championship...United won 86 percent of its matches while claiming the Ohio State Championships...Team became the first Ohio North team to win a national championship...Four-time academic honor roll student...Competed in track and field in the sprints...Member of the Spanish Club...Ranked the Great Lakes Region No. 35 player.

PERSONAL: Born Seyla E. Perez on December 31, 1995...Daughter of William & Kelly Perez...Has two brothers Sydney and Manny...Grandfather Ricardo Thomas played basketball at Clemson (1969)...Great uncle David Thomas also played basketball at Clemson (1970)...Hobbies and interests including singing, watching football and fishing...Dallas Cowboys fan...Said she would like to someday work for the FBI...Once caught a shark while on vacation last summer...Committed to Pitt during the summer of 2012...Also recruited by Penn State, Ohio State, Akron and Dayton...Undeclared major and enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.

CAREER HIGHS:
Minutes: 110, vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8/21/15.
Goals: 1, Akron, 8/22/14.
Assists: N/A.
Points: 2, Akron, 8/22/14.
Shots: 4, vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8/21/15.

Seyla Perez
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Seyla  Perez

Class:
RS Freshman

Hometown:
Warren, Ohio

High School:
Howland

Height:
5-9

Position:
D

Birthdate:
12/31/1995

Experience:
RS

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