Name: Alyssa Nail

School: Conemaugh Township

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Sports: Soccer and basketball

Parents: Candi and Ron Nail, of Johnstown

Athletic achievements: Two-time WestPAC champs, 10th and 11th grade Somerset County MVP in soccer

Coach’s quote: “Alyssa has been a joy to coach for the past four years. She has a great sense of humor and is a practical joker, but when it’s time to work she is intense and persistent. Technically, she is among the best I’ve worked with in nearly 20 years of coaching, and I attribute that to strong work ethic. She is always the first person on the field, ready to practice and juggling a ball. You combine that attitude and that footwork with her powerful shot, speed and exceptional field vision, and you’ve got one dangerous striker.” — Conemaugh Township girls soccer coach Angie Berzonski

Favorite subject: Government

Favorite movie: “World War Z”

Favorite book or video game: “The Devil Aspect” by Craig Russell

Favorite foods: Sushi and nacho fries from Taco Bell 

Favorite teacher (and what they teach): Mr. Mainhart, government 

Favorite song: “Keeper of the Flame” by Miranda Lambert 

Outside interests: Watching movies, four-wheeling in the woods with Morgan, skiing, snowboarding, drawing, hiking, listening to music

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?: Horse, it’s my Chinese zodiac and my friends say I run like one.

Favorite athletic team: U.S. Women’s National Team

Athlete most admired: Lionel Messi

Most influential people on my athletic career: Angie Berzonski and Lisa Byer

Most impressive athlete that you have competed against: Cassie Kyle from Altoona

Proudest athletic achievements: 10th and 11th grade Somerset County MVP for soccer

How I got my start: When my brother and I were little we liked playing ball so our parents signed us up for AYSO.

Future goal: For soccer, to win state championship; after high school, to go to UPJ. I’m still undecided on what I want to pursue for a career.   

Cory Isenberg is a sports reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5080.​ Follow her on Twitter @CoryIsenbergTD.

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