Senior Skerpon, freshman Tracy key for Sayre's success
When Elyse Skerpon started her career with the Sayre Redskins she was in a role where she was helping to get the ball to scorers Megan Kyc and Mikala McNamara.
Four years later Skerpon is a senior and now her job is to find the net for the Redskins with freshman Chloe Tracy working as the midfielder setting her up.
"It's a lot different," Skerpon said. "It's different being expected to score the goals. It's different having people take the ball and pass it to me."
This season Skerpon has taken over the primary scoring role and she's had plenty of success, leading the NTL in goals.
For Tracy it's a big adjustment coming to varsity and taking on a big role, but so far she has been up to the challenge, leading the league in assists.
"It's a lot of pressure on me," Tracy said. "But, I have just tried to pass it and there are great players on this team. They do a great job of scoring. I really like playing on this team."
Skerpon has never seen a player with the kind of year-round experience in soccer that Tracy has coming into high school.
Playing for FC United in Vestal, Tracy has gotten a chance to play against high level competition before she ever got to high school.
Skerpon knows the role that Tracy has now, because it's a role she was playing when she started her varsity career.
"It's really nice having her (Tracy) play the midfield and just give you a good pass," Skerpon said.
Over her career Skerpon watched Kyc and McNamara both reach the 50 goal milestone.
Two weeks ago Skerpon herself joined the milestone when she got her 50th goal in a game at Wellsboro.
"I didn't know it at first," Skerpon said. "They didn't have the district game in the book from last year. I thought I had 47 goals. It was really nice when I found out."
"I saw Megan Kyc get hers and Mikala get hers," Skerpon said. "It was really great to get it."
While both Skerpon and Tracy have had success this year, the most special part for both is the success the Redskins are having.
Sayre started the year winning their first seven games and they sit in second-place in the league with just one loss.
"It's really good," Skerpon said. "Everyone is doing a really good job."
"It was exciting," Tracy said. "I never expected this."