Latrobe’s Sofia DeCerb named Kaitlyn ‘Moe’ Rosensteel Scholarship award winner

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Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 1:58 PM


Latrobe senior Sofia DeCerb, one of the WPIAL’s top goalkeepers the past few years, was the recipient of the Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Scholarship, presented to a WPIAL female soccer player “who will be advancing into college to further her academic excellence while still playing the game she loves.”

DeCerb, a James Madison commit, will receive $2,000 to put toward her education.

Senior, college-bound applicants had to submit an essay to be considered for the award.

This year’s theme was, “Describe an unfavorable or challenging situation that you have encountered as a leader of your soccer team. How were you able to work through the situation and come to a resolution?”

DeCerb battled an injury early last season before returning to the lineup and helping resurgent Latrobe reach the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals and the team’s first PIAA playoff appearance.

The late Rosensteel was a soccer standout at Ringgold and was planning to play at West Virginia Wesleyan. Her father, Ed Rosensteel, a former assistant coach at Greensburg Central Catholic and current assistant at Ringgold, and his family, started a foundation in his daughter’s name to carry on her legacy.

The foundation presents a top player award and scholarship each season.

An all-state and All-WPIAL performer, DeCerb had 99 saves and 10 shutouts last year.

She was humbled by the honor.

“I have struggled putting into words how much of an honor this award is,” she said. “When I first heard of what happened to Moe when she originally passed, I was so touched because she was someone who had fulfilled the future goal I was working towards — to play soccer collegiately.

“Then, to hear how her family turned something so sad into a way that has impacted so many people was so inspiring.

“Moe was and is a role model, and that’s who I want to be. It means so much that they saw those similar traits in me. I am still at a loss for words over this. I can’t thank her family and the committee enough, and am so grateful for the impact they have had on my life.”

Past scholarship award winners include CeCe Scott of Peters Township (2022) and Hannah Nelson of Greensburg Central Catholic and Sydney Willig of Norwin (2021).

Bill Beckner Jr. is a TribLive reporter covering local sports in Westmoreland County. He can be reached at bbeckner@triblive.com.

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