Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Sewickley Academy’s Matt Teitelbaum, Canon-McMillan’s Allison Oddi
School: Sewickley Academy
Claim to fame: Teitelbaum scored both of the Panthers’ goals, including the game-winner with 18 minutes left in the second half, in a 2-1 victory over Vincentian Academy in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals Saturday. He scored 33 goals through the quarterfinals.
Can you talk about how you’ve played in the playoffs?
Regular season is the regular season. The playoffs is when you win championships so that’s when you have to do it. I think I’ve really come in and found my stride and have picked it up. Hopefully it can keep going.
How difficult was it to get over the loss to Winchester Thurston in the WPIAL finals?
It stung, especially the way it went down in a shootout. You know when two good teams play, someone has to win and someone has to lose. We looked to get right back at it.
When you look back at this year’s team, what will stand out most?
Probably how much we’ve done despite that we lost so many seniors. We didn’t have much experience, but we were able to completely neutralize that. Some starters this year weren’t even on varsity last year.
Heading into your senior year, what aspect of your game do you hope to improve?
I think I started out the season kind of slowly in terms of goal production. Maybe I’ll just try to get a quicker start next year and cut out the slow start.
Claim to fame: Oddi scored the game-winning goal with 5 minutes left to lift the Lady Macs past Spring-Ford in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals at Chambersburg on Nov. 8. She scored 11 goals through the quarterfinals.
Can you talk about the emotion of scoring a game-winner late in a state playoff game?
It was really exciting. I knew we would get a goal because we were pushing forward. For me to get the goal, it was awesome. But I’m just happy we got it.
What’s the team’s demeanor?
We’ve just been working really hard since August. We have a talented team. We were disappointed being knocked out last year (in the WPIAL quarterfinals). I think we really put in the effort this year to really come out and do something special.
What are your plans after high school?
I’m not sure where I want to go to college yet. I want to major in biology and go to veterinarian school. I’m looking at Allegheny College and St. Vincent. After soccer season, I’ll go on some visits and make a decision.
What will you remember most about your time playing high school soccer?
I’ll just remember my time with my teammates. We’re all really good friends, not just on the field, but also off the field. It’s genuine happiness when we’re all together.