Feb. 13, 2014
Defender, 5-9, Warren, Ohio/Howland H.S.
Quoting Miller: “Seyla is an athletic, bulldog defender who has both grit and speed. We’re happy she joined us this spring which will only further prepare her for the fall. Her tenacity and no non-sense attitude will help shore up our centerback position vacated by senior Morgan Sharick.”
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 the 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 team Ohio North team to win at 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…Undecided on major.