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Roundtable: Which Penn fall athlete is most underrated?
By Theodoros Papazekos, Will DiGrande, and Michael Landau | The Daily Pennsylvanian
The fall sports season is just around the corner — the first kickoff features women's soccer on Aug. 30, when the group takes on Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. With last year's senior leaders gone from campus, the Daily Pennsylvanian Sports editors took a look at which underrated underclassmen are poised for breakout seasons. Here are the three little known players most poised to fill the shoes of departing seniors.
Mia Shenk, women's soccer
With the graduation of forward Sasha Stephens and midfielder Allie Trzaska, Penn has lost a significant amount of offensive firepower. Stephens' four goals were second most on the team and Trzaska's seven assists were more than twice the next highest total on the team. In short, a substantial amount of offensive production was lost.
Shenk, who played in 14 of 16 games last season, showed flashes of promise in that time, including scoring a goal against Brown. At 5-foot-11, Shenk is one of the tallest players on the roster, making her a potent arial threat on set pieces. While she plays a different position and style than both Stephen and Trzaska, Shenk displayed strength and ability as a center forward capable of holding the ball. Shenk could play an important role in maintaining possession and starting the offense.
Shenk had a limited role last season in the presence of her more experienced teammates, but has the tools to take advantage of an increase in playing time left behind by the seniors.