Boys Varsity Hockey, Girls Varsity Soccer · Senior Spotlight



Andrea Bean
Girls Soccer

Andrea has been the backbone of the North Catholic Girls’ Soccer Program for the past four years. She is the most successful Goalkeeper to have played at North, winning the WPIAL Championship in back-to-back seasons (2019 & 2020). Bean is a 4-year starter and as a senior, she earned All-Section and All-WPIAL honors, as well as the 2020 Program Performer Award. Her senior year, she went 15-3-1, recorded 12 shutouts, and made it to the PIAA Championship Game.

What has been your favorite moment as a North Catholic Student-Athlete? 

My favorite moment would be winning back-to-back WPIAL championships.

How has being a NC Student-Athlete benefited you over the past 4 years? 

Being a NC student-athlete over the past 4 years has benefited me by keeping me focused in both school and soccer, as well as by making friendships.

What has been your most meaningful moment at NC outside of athletics? 

My most meaningful moment at NC outside of athletics would be becoming a member of the national honors society.

Do you have any (sport) superstitions? 

No, I don’t have any specific superstitions.

What will you miss most about your time as a student-athlete at NC? 

I will miss my coaches and teammates the most.

What advice would you give younger athletes about their time at North Catholic? 

Enjoy it because it goes by fast.

What are your plans after you graduate? 

I will be attending St. Francis University for their accelerated Physician Assistant Program.

 

Coach Karr: Andrea was voted by her teammates to be one of the captains of our team, which speaks highly of her leadership, character, and soccer ability. She played a big role in our team winning 3 section titles and 2 WPIAL titles and she will be greatly missed next season.

 

 

Tyler Pontello
Hockey

Tyler is a four-year member of the North Catholic hockey program at the high school level.  He has been a core component of the overall growth of the program from when it restarted back in 2016.  As a defenseman, Tyler has played a big role in the team’s success.  In the 2019-2020 season, the team led the PIHL with allowing the fewest goals against and an overall record of 18-3-1 in their first year back at the varsity level.  With the 2020-2021 season underway, Tyler and the rest of the team are looking to continue their strong play with a 3-1 record to date.

What has been your favorite moment as a North Catholic Student-Athlete? 

I have a lot of great memories from the past 5 years – coming up from the first NC middle school team, playing JV, and now Varsity. A time that stands out was scoring the first goal of the season as a freshman and earning the Trojan helmet.

How has being a NC Student-Athlete benefited you over the past 4 years? 

Being a member of a team gives you purpose, and something bigger than yourself to be a part of. Additionally, I have met or become better friends with guys I might not have known otherwise.

What has been your most meaningful moment at NC outside of athletics? 

Representing the school as a Student Ambassador and being involved in Christmas on Troy Hill.

Do you have any (sport) superstitions? 

I sometimes tie my skates twice, first when getting ready then again after warmups to dial them in.

What will you miss most about your time as a student-athlete at NC? 

I will definitely miss the big games, and already miss playing in front of the Trojan Army! It’s been great as well to see some of the younger guys coming up in the program that I have known and be there to help them out.

What advice would you give younger athletes about their time at North Catholic? 

Time flies by so fast – it feels like yesterday I was playing in my first few games; so, my advice would be to savor every moment! Also, don’t be afraid to branch out and participate in other sports – I wish I would have done that sooner.

What are your plans after you graduate?

So far I have been accepted to two schools, but for now I’m undecided where I’ll be headed next.  But I hope to play club hockey in college.

 

Coach Hoffmann: Tyler has been a big piece of our defensive unit and can be counted on to play in any situation.  His strong skating, physicality, and puck movement make him a great defenseman.  He logs a lot of ice time each game at even strength, on the power play, and on the penalty kill for us.  Watching him grow as a player, but as an individual, over the past four years has been rewarding as a coach.