Panthers Capture First Win of 2016 off Two Goals from Wright
Panthers Kickoff Regular Season Friday
Panthers complete winningest season in program history
Pryce, Arvas net goals for Pitt on the day
Pitt will travel to face No. 7 Virginia Tech on Sunday
QUOTING MILLER: “Seyla is a special talent who quietly does her job very effectively. She does so many things well and we expect her on the field leadership and attacking set pieces are areas which will be more evident in her game this year.”
CAREER: Made a major impact on the Panthers’ back line in her first full year of action in 2015...Spearheaded a defense that dramatically reduced opponents’ shots (-95) and shots on goal (-47) from 2014 to 2015.
2015: Recorded 90 minutes or more in 10 of final 12 games...Started all 18 games on the season...Notched her first goal of the year on a header against NC State (Sept. 20)...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.
Minutes: 110, vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8/21/15.
Goals: 1, two times, last vs. NC State, 9/20/15.
Points: 2, two times, last vs. NC State, 9/20/15.
Shots: 4, vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8/21/15.
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