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LISA STOIA

School: Floyd

Grade: Senior

Athletics: Soccer (fall), basketball (winter), softball (spring).

Statistics: A starter on the varsity soccer team since seventh grade,

Lisa Stoia has 64 goals and 56 assists in her career. She has been

All-County the past four years and was All-State last year. She is

following in the footsteps of her mother, Gail, who was a three-sport

athlete at Floyd, where she graduated in 1970. Stoia is the starting

point guard for the basketball team and plays shortstop in softball. She

has earned All-Conference and All-County honors in softball and also was

named All-League in basketball. Stoia was selected to the Eastern

Regional soccer team from the Olympic Development program.

Quotable: "Soccer is my life," said Stoia, who has had perfect school

attendance since kindergarten. "Ever since I was five, soccer has been a

big part of my life. Each day my love for sports grows, and it has

helped me to achieve my goals in all aspects of my life.

"When I was very young, I played with and, looked up, to my older

brothers, Cosmo, 22, and Richard, 21. They have always encouraged me and

helped me get to where I am, but I know I never could have gone as far

as I had without great teammates and coaches."

Academics: Stoia has an 85 grade-point average.

Interests: Hanging out with friends, going to the beach, watching

movies.

Next Competition: Floyd opens its girls basketball season against

Eastport at home at 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

From Her Coach: "Lisa is the ultimate team player," Floyd soccer coach

Janice Amman said. "She is a captain who leads by example and has

without a doubt elevated our program by making everyone around her

better.

"She passes so well and is totally unselfish that she often opts to

set up her teammates instead of scoring herself. She is such an

exceptional person. She is a kid that comes along once in a lifetime."

Ambition: Stoia will attend West Virginia University next fall on a full

soccer scholarship. She is interested in pursuing both psychology and

elementary education and wants to work with children after college.

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