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South Williamsport’s Neidig to play soccer at Pitt-Johnstown

Scoring 20 goals in a season probably wasn’t the first thing South Williamsport’s Haley Neidig thought of when wrapping up preseason soccer workouts last fall. The senior had scored 22 goals over her previous three seasons.

But before the season began in September, Neidig’s best friend and fellow captain Amilee Miller texted and said she couldn’t wait for Neidig to score her 50th career goal.

“At the time I thought she was crazy,” Neidig said. “And then ironically, Amilee is the one that assisted me on my 50th goal.”

Neidig ultimately hit that 50-goal milestone, finishing with 56. She led the area with an impressive 34 goals and was one of just four players to score more than 20.

She may have played her last high school game this past October, but Neidig’s soccer career is far from finished. The South Williamsport star signed her letter of intent to play at Pitt-Johnstown this fall.

“The main reason I chose Pitt-Johnstown was because I was looking for a smaller-sized campus and the size of UPJ was perfect for me,” Neidig said. “Also, right when I stepped foot on the campus, I knew it was the one for me. The one that felt like home.”

Neidig was one of South Williamsport’s most talented players the past four seasons and it showed through her versatility. Need her to anchor the back line? She’ll do that and shut down her mark.

Want someone to be physical in the midfield and set the tone? Neidig has no problem doing that.

How about a scoring threat up top? Her 34 goals last year speak for themselves.

If there’s a hole to fill, Neidig can be plugged in and be successful. That’s part of why she was one of the few players in recent history to earn first-team HAC all-star honors at defender, midfielder and forward in consecutive seasons.

Wherever Neidig’s needed, she plays and excels. That’s what she brings with her to Pitt-Johnstown.

“I feel that I’m more dangerous when I am in the attack so I would say forward or attacking center mid is the best position for me,” Neidig said. “I have always received compliments from my coaches or other parents about how versatile of a palyer I am, so going forward to the next level I do think that it is an advantage for me.

“I just love to play the game, so I would be happy anywhere I’m put on the field.”

Pitt-Johnstown, a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, is working on an upswing. Last year, the Mountain Cats finished 7-11. It was an increase from the 5-13 season in 2018 and the 1-16-1 campaign in 2014. The Mountain Cats are trying to slowly turn that corner and get more wins, and Neidig is up for the challenge of improving the team by doing whatever she can on the field.

“I feel that I can be an asset to this team whether it’s playing my hardest on the field or cheering on my girls from the bench,” Neidig said. “I want what’s best for this team, so I’m going to give them everything I have.”

Neidig and Pitt-Johnstown coach Vito Addalli share an area connection as both have ties to to the STN North-Penn Soccer Club. The soccer club is based in Milton and numerous standout District 4 players have played with since 2002.

Neidig played with STN since she was 12 and Addali has previously coached with the club.

“The club and the coaches there are the reason I’m the soccer player that I am today. I love the style of play that they enforce us to do and their training is always at a high level,” Neidig said. “So yes, I am glad to have coach Vito as my head coach and former STN coach. He is very knowledgeable of the game and at the same time, he likes to have fun.”

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