Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Norwin Junior Tops List of Stars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Norwin Junior Tops List of Stars

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Norwin coach Lauren Karcher says Emily Harrigan always seems to be thinking a few steps ahead of defenders. But really, Harrigan is a step ahead of all players in the WPIAL.

Harrigan is the Post-Gazette Player of the Year for girls soccer and she leads the Post-Gazette 12-player All-Area Team. The team is picked from all players in the WPIAL.

Harrigan helped a talented Norwin team to a 21-1-1 record and the WPIAL Class 4A championship this season. Norwin was ranked among the top 10 teams in the country at one point this season.

A 5-foot-6 junior forward, Harrigan scored 32 goals and had 14 assists. A three-year starter, she scored in 18 of Norwin's 23 games this season and had two goals in the WPIAL title game.

"She's a very technical player who is blessed with a lot of speed and good foot skills," said Karcher. "She always was thinking a step or two ahead of defenders."

Harrigan will play Division I college soccer next season with Rutgers.

Here is a look at the other players on the All-Area Team:

* Sabrina Bryan, Canon-McMillan - Canon-McMillan won the PIAA 4A title this season and Bryan was one of the main reasons. A four-year starter, this senior forward had 31 goals and 28 assists. She had three hat tricks and her 94 career goals, second best in school history. She will play at Hofstra.

* Bailey Cartwright, Greensburg C.C. -Cartwright, a senior forward, finished her career with WPIAL records in goals with 230 and assists with 159. This season, she scored 64 goals and had 41 assists and played in an All-American soccer game Sunday in North Carolina. She had 14 hat tricks this season and is a Notre Dame recruit.

* Deena DeBaldo, Fox Chapel -DeBaldo, a senior forward, will play next season at Duquesne University. This season, she had 26 goals and 10 assists for WPIAL 4A semifinalist. A three-year starter who finished her career with 73 goals and 10 assists.

* Amanda Kalin, Pine-Richland- One of the best athletes in the WPIAL. …

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