May 16, 2013
PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer coach Greg Miller announced on Thursday that seniors Morgan Sharick and Caroline Keefer have been appointed team captains for the 2013 season.
“We are excited to have Morgan and Caroline lead this group next fall,” Miller said. “Being seniors, they have the experience and leadership skills to guide our returners and the sizable freshman class into our inaugural year in the ACC. Each captain brings something different and unique with their personality and leadership style and they complement each other well.”
A senior from Lower Burrell, Pa., Sharick has emerged as a defensive leader in the backline throughout her three-year career. A starter in 47 of her 49 career matches played, Sharick led the 2012 team in minutes played and ranked second on the squad in goals scored (four) and third in points (10). All four of her goals were scored off corner kicks, which established a new school record for career and season corner kick goals. In addition, she also set the school record for header goals in a career and a season. A three-time Big East Academic All-Star, Sharick is a chemical engineering major.
Keefer, a senior from Moon Township, Pa., has proved to be a versatile player while seeing action in either the midfield or backfield over her first three seasons. She has started 54 of her 58 career games played and tallied 12 shots. In 2010, she was named to the All-Big East Rookie Team as well as TopDrawerSoccer.com’s “100 Freshman to Watch” list. A three-time Big East Academic All-Star, Keefer is enrolled in the College of Business Administration with an emphasis on marketing.
Pitt’s first ACC women’s soccer season will feature eight matches against opponents who ranked among the nation’s top-25 teams last year. Pitt’s 2013 women’s soccer schedule also includes nine home games at Ambrose-Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex and 11 matches which will be played in the Pittsburgh area. Pitt opens its season at Duquesne on Sunday, Aug. 25.
Pitt players will report back to campus this summer to begin preparations for the 2013 regular season. The team reports for preseason workouts on Tuesday, Aug. 6. NCAA mandated practices begin on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The 2013 season will be Miller’s second as Pitt’s head coach. Pitt returns nine starters and 12 letterwinners from a 7-10-2 team. In addition, Pitt adds a 12-member recruiting class.