Pitt-Bradford duo participates in women's soccer combine

PPA Combine
Alisa Cornell (left) and Linsey Stack

Pitt-Bradford women's soccer players Alisa Cornell and Linsey Stack participated in the Peak Performance Association's first Women's Pro Combine in Sunrise, Fla., last weekend.

The combine featured 60 players from all levels of the NCAA, including a large majority from Division I, and allowed participants to showcase their talents in front of representatives from the National Women's Soccer League and the Women's Professional Soccer League.

Cornell and Stack were nominated and given a month to prepare. They were two of just three players representing Division III, and Cornell was one of only six goalkeepers present.

Upon arriving to the combine, participants conducted a three-part fitness test and were then separated into teams. The three-day event included various drills and seminars as well as three full-length matches.

Cornell and Stack will receive their evaluations later this week and can use those going forward if they choose to pursue a career in women's soccer.

Both players are two-time first-team all-AMCC selections, and Cornell was named the conference's first Defensive Player of the Year last fall after helping guide the Panthers to their first-ever appearance in the AMCC championship match.

"It means the world to me to have the chance to represent not only Pitt-Bradford but also Division III soccer at a professional combine," said Cornell. "And to do it with someone who has been my best friend and teammate for 11-plus years is an even bigger honor and achievement."

Stack added, "I am so grateful that I was able to be given this opportunity because now the questions 'could I have' or 'what if' have finally been answered, and now it is up to me to decide if this is something I truly want to pursue."

Cornell went on to add that taking part in the combine would have not been possible without the support of teammates and coaches.

"We couldn't have made it this far without everyone who supported us, played along with us and made us better every day," said Cornell.

Stack added she is hoping for the best after what she describes as a very demanding weekend.

"Although, it was a tough weekend, I believe that I gave it my all and showed the coaches and my teammates why I deserved to be there," said Stack. "I can now only hope for the best and hope that my performance and the support I provided my teammates will attract the attention of one of the coaches."

Pitt-Bradford head coach Mike Idland praised the pair for participating in the combine and pushing their limits.

"I'm very proud of Alisa and Linsey not only for how well they've done individually while playing at Pitt-Bradford, but for having the courage to take on this challenge, pushing beyond their comfort zones and competing with players from such high-level playing backgrounds," said Idland. "It says a lot about their character and about the type of people we have with us at Pitt-Bradford women's soccer."