Inaugural Moe Rosensteel Award to recognize WPIAL’s best girls soccer player

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Monday, November 4, 2019 | 4:24 PM


When the Rosensteel family tragically lost their daughter and sister, the Western Pennsylvania soccer community embraced them, consoled them and did their best to help them through the grieving process.

Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel died in June. Five months later, her father has formed the Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Scholarship Foundation — along with a unique award.

The foundation will present the inaugural Moe Rosensteel Most Outstanding Player of the Year Award to the WPIAL’s top girls soccer player at the end of the season.

A scholarship also is in the works, but the foundation still is working on the details. It will be separate from the award.

A 10-person panel of those in the know — friends of the family, colleagues and media members — will vote to choose the top player, who will be announced Nov. 16.

Kaitlyn Rosensteel had just graduated from Ringgold and planned to continue her soccer career at West Virginia Wesleyan. The family, originally from Monongahela, lived in North Huntingdon for eight years. Ed Rosensteel used to be an assistant coach for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team.

Rosensteel wants his daughter’s memory to carry on through others sharing stories about her and for people to “live the way she lived.”

He said the local soccer community “laid their hand on our shoulder” when the tragedy struck the family.

“We want to be able to give back,” he said. “We could never thank everyone, but we hope this is a small thank you back to the community.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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