Aubrey Mytych reached a special milestone for a high school athlete last week when she played in a state championship game.
The Wyoming Seminary junior from Wyoming is more interested, however, in what the experience may do for her in the future than the memories she will carry from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A field hockey championship game.
“Since that was my first time actually in states, I think looking at it now, after getting over that we lost, it definitely is great experience that I’m going to carry over into next year and even into college,” said Mytych, who before the end of her sophomore year made an early commitment to play NCAA Division I field hockey at Penn State. “We’re only going to lose three seniors so we mostly have our whole team back for next year.
“It’s definitely not a feeling I’m going to forget for next year. I talked with a lot of the girls and we all agreed, it’s great experience that we’ll take with us and use next year. We know what to expect and we know we have to play our best game every game when we hit states.”
Mytych scored the only Wyoming Seminary goal in the 2-1 loss to Greenwood in the Nov. 18 state final at Whitehall. She also scored in the 2-0 semifinal win over Oley Valley and was the Blue Knights top goal scorer on the season with more than one per game while also finishing in double figures in total assists.
Before reaching state play, Wyoming Seminary was unbeaten champion of the Wyoming Valley Conference, winning a regular-season showdown of eventual state finalists with Wyoming Valley West, and won the District 2 Class A title over defending champion Lake-Lehman.
“My favorite game was Oley Valley,” Mytych said. “They had a lot of experience coming in. They were actually in the same position that we’ll end up in next year; they had gotten second in states last year. That was a great game for us. I think it was definitely our best game of the season, that and, I’d have to say, Valley West.
“The experience is something that will really carry into next season. That semifinal game was a really big game for us and really put us to the test.”
Mytych, a second-team Class A all-state selection as a sophomore, made her commitment to Penn State after also considering Ohio State, Iowa, Northwestern, Duke and Drexel.
Primarily a forward at Wyoming Seminary, Mytych drops back to play midfield at times and takes on defensive responsibilities once there. She hopes the ability to play different positions will help her when she arrives at nationally ranked Penn State and begins trying to fight her way into that lineup.
“At this point, I’m working on being versatile,” said Mytych, who is also a standout softball player at Wyoming Seminary. “I want to be as versatile as I can going into college.
“I want to work on being able to see the field from every position.”
Mytych said the coaching she receives in a program that has produced six state championships under Karen Klassner assists in that process.
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