Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Scott Fox, Greensburg Salem’s Mary Markle
Claim to fame: Fox, who has 11 goals this season, scored three goals to lead Hempfield (5-7, 3-4) to a 9-0 Section 1-AAA win over Albert Gallatin on Sept. 25. Fox’s strongest performance was a four-goal game goal against Albert Gallatin on Sept. 9.
“We knew we could beat Albert Gallatin. We came out strong and fast in the game,” Fox said. “I was able to put the ball in the back of the net. We are starting to come together with our new coach and new formation.”
What are your college plans?
I’m still looking at colleges for soccer. I’m undecided on which college to attend. I’m leaning toward Seton Hill. If I like the school and the overall program that would really push me toward there. I really like the Seton Hill coaches. They run things pretty well up there. I’m undecided in what my major would be.
What do you and the team need to do down the stretch to reach the postseason?
We just need to take care of business. We need to beat Connellsville and we need to beat Latrobe twice. I think we should be able to make the playoffs this year.
What would it mean to make the playoffs in your final season?
It would mean a lot. We haven’t made it since freshman year. It was a lot of fun and great for the team. It is what we have set out to do since the beginning of year. It would mean a lot to get into the playoffs in my last year.
How would you describe your play on the field?
I like to play fast with the ball at my feet. I like to use my speed since it’s one of my strengths. I’m pretty strong so I’m able to be physical and push defenders off the ball. I like to keep the ball at my feet.
Which postseason is the best?
NFL. I pay more attention to that since I play fantasy and I pay a lot more attention to that sport.
School: Greensburg Salem
Claim to fame: Markle, who also enjoys playing soccer in an indoor league, scored the only goal to lead Greensburg Salem (6-4-1, 5-2-1) to a Section 1-AA win over Southmoreland on Sept. 24. Markle, who has 12 goals in her career, scored her first goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Indiana on Sept. 8.
“I think we are going well this year. We have been working hard in games and in practice,” Markle said. “We are working better with our communication this year than in years past. We have better leadership from our coaches this year.”
What has been the biggest difference with coach Jackie Fawcett and the rest of the staff this year?
They have told us how it’s important to be mentally prepared for games. You won’t have a good start if you don’t mentally prepare yourself. If prepared, you can get a goal pretty quickly.
What has been your biggest personal goal this season?
I want to be better offensively. I’m very strong defensively and strong with my passing. I want to lead the team on the offensive side.
How has the transition from being defender to midfielder gone?
It has been a big adjustment. You have to be everywhere. It’s a lot more work than I’m use to, running-wise.
How do you think the rest of the season will pan out?
I think we can finish the season with limited losses. We will definitely make playoffs. Hopefully, we will get past the first round this year.
How did you get involved in soccer?
My parents signed me up at age 3. For 13 years, it has been routine for me. I really like how the sport gets you in good shape. Also, it helps you become a leader in other aspects of life since you have to be a leader on the field.
— Andrew John