Here are 11 District 10 footballers to watch in 2022


The McDowell and Villa Maria girls’ soccer teams went the deepest into PIAA tournament play of any District 10 program a year ago. The Trojans qualified for the PIAA Class 4A Quarterfinals while Villa reached the Class 2A Quarterfinals.

McDowell and Villa Maria achieved shutout wins in their D-10 championship victories over Erie and Fort LeBoeuf, respectively. Warren (3A) and Mercer (1A) were the other D-10 champions.

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The Trojans and Villa’s former squad, now competing as Cathedral Prep, bring back plenty of power in 2022, uniting to see five of the Erie Times-News’ top 11 preseason players feature in District 10:

Georgie Bickling, Warren, Sr

Bickling has been a District 10 All-Star and All-Region honoree in each of the past two seasons. She helped fuel the Dragons’ run to the PIAA Class 3A Quarterfinals in 2021. In the D-10 championship game, she had an assist in a 2-1 win over Meadville before finishing with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 PIAA game win over Bradford.

Elise Cacchione, Fort LeBoeuf, senior

Cacchion was an important part of the Bison’s historic year in 2021 as Fort LeBoeuf finished with a 16-1 record after losing to Villa Maria in the Class 2A D-10 championship game. The Bison achieved their first two playoff wins in program history when Cacchione scored three goals in those two games. She is a two-time All-Region honoree and was named to the second team of the Erie Times-News District 10 as a junior.

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Grace Emanuel, McDowell, Sr

Emanuel was the Region 6 Player of the Year for region champion Trojans. She was also selected to the District 10 first team, her third straight D-10 honors, and Region 6 first team. Emanuel was a key wheel for the Trojans’ D-10 Class 4A Championship squad, providing a goal and two assists in McDowell’s win in the title game against Erie High.

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Abby Faulhaber, McDowell, Sr

Faulhaber led McDowell with two goals in the 8-0 District 10 Class 4A championship win over Erie High last year. She was named to the District 10 first team and Region 6 first team for the Trojans, who advanced to the PIAA Quarterfinals.

Sara Gennuso, Fairview, senior

Gennuso, a midfielder, is a two-time All Region honors winner for the Tigers. She had an assist on Fairview’s last time out when the Tigers were eliminated by General McLane in the D-10 Class 2A quarterfinals. Gennuso was a District 10 second-team All-Star last year.

Brooklyn Respecki, Gen. McLane, Sr

Already General McLane’s record holder for career goals, Respecki has her entire senior year to build on her legacy. Respecki has been a District 10 All-Star in each of the past three seasons. Last year, she was named to the D-10 and Region 4 first teams. Respecki was the 2020 Region 4 Player of the Year.

Sydney Rotko, General McLane, Jr

The only eleventh grader in the top 11 of D-10 girls soccer girls, Rotko was a 2021 District 10 second-team All-Star and Region 4 first-team All-Star. Rotko was second to Respecki in goals last year the Lancers.

Hannah Shepard, McDowell, Sr

Shepard was a key figure in McDowell’s backline a year ago, helping the Trojans win the Region 6 title and reach the PIAA Class 4A Quarterfinals. McDowell earned an 8-0 win in the D-10 final ahead of two PIAA wins, giving up just one goal in those two games. The Trojans’ season ended in a 1-0 Piaa quarter-final defeat by Central Dauphin on penalties. Shepard is a two-time District 10 All-Star and a Region Honoree in both years.

Alexa Tojaga, Head of Cathedral Preparation

Tojaga, a two-time District 10 All-Star, is a returning captain for Cathedral Prep, which made its last appearance as Villa Maria last year. The Victors won the Region 4 championship and advanced to the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals before falling to North Catholic. Tojaga, a Region 4 All-Star last year, recorded a goal and an assist in Villa Maria’s 4-0 win in the District 10 Championship game against Fort LeBoeuf.

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Moira Thunell, Head of Cathedral Preparation

Thunell is one of two returning captains for the inaugural season of girls’ football Cathedral Prep. Last year, she was a District 10 second-team All-Star and a Region 4 first-team All-Star.

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Makenzie Yanc, Cambridge Springs, Sr

As a multisport star, Yanc leads the assault on Cambridge Springs. Yanc, a two-time region all-star, will be without older sister and Cambridge Springs graduate Madison for the first time in her high school football career.

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