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September 17, 2013

Jon Gerardi's column on h.s. soccer: Northumberland Christian freshmen make impact

Northumberland Christian coach Amy Thayer, now in her fourth year, no doubt wondered prior to this offseason who was going to fill the shoes of former Warrior and ACAA all-star Alyssa Wesner?

When Wesner graduated, she left quite a void offensively, as she accounted for 53 goals last season alone.

Who would've thought that three freshmen would be up for the challenge?

Those three freshmen -- Bethany Severn, Allison Moore and Calista Ulmer -- form an incredibly talented trio, which definitely cause problems for opposing defenses.

Severn is off to an incredible start in 2013, leading Northumberland Christian not only in goals, but assists as well.

Last season as an eighth grader, Severn had 45 goals on the year, behind only Wesner.

"Bethany is a talented player, who has given us great offensive production," Thayer said. "She is still young, but her ability to contribute through both scoring and passing has been a big boost for us this season."

Those freshmen are a huge reason the Warriors are tied for the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association's top spot in the Eastern Division.

The Warriors did return six talented seniors this year, but they're all defenders. So while the defense has been solid, others had to step up on the offensive end.

"We have had to start people in some new positions offensively, but so far everyone is doing a good job working into their roles," Thayer said. "Bethany had a strong year last season, so we knew we had a good base to work around."

Many knew what Severn brought to the table, but Moore and Ulmer have been somewhat pleasant surprises.

This year, the two were moved to different positions and that has paid big dividends for the offense.

The freshmen trio has an incredible 41 combined goals this year, including 22 from Severn and 11 from Moore.

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