Debo catches coach, becomes all-time leading scorer in school history

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Liz Debo has 38 career goals.
Debo is leading in goal records

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to endure a season without suffering a loss. To this day the squad panics when a team threatens their elite status by carrying an unblemished record late in the season and many members of that championship team publicly celebrate every season when there are no undefeated teams remaining as they don’t want their record matched or broken.

Assistant coach for the Edinboro women’s soccer program, Jamie Sallie, doesn’t quite have the same mindset as those protective Dolphins.

Sallie played for Edinboro from 2001-03, and had a very successful career, scoring more goals in her career than any other player in Boro women’s soccer history, until earlier this month.

Senior forward Liz Debo netted two goals in the team’s 6-3 defeat of Mansfield on Oct. 18, on Senior Day, to tie and eventually claim the top spot from Sallie. Tekotte was her maiden name, netting 38 total goals in her career.

“Maybe if I wasn’t the coach I wouldn’t want people breaking my record, but since I am the assistant coach and on staff, the more my records get broke the better because that means we are having great seasons,” Sallie said after a match last week.

Debo, who is a sports and recreation administration major and is also minoring in coaching, said Sallie was her biggest supporter through it all.

“Coming in I knew that she held the record and she was definitely my biggest motivator to get those goals. Also throughout the years of my collegiate career she has helped me grow and I think she did that on purpose because she knew that I had the ability to get those goals and make that record. She knew it was within my reach and she was with me the whole way.”

Sallie confirmed that she did see something about Debo early on in her career. “I knew that she could get there. Starting definitely last year, probably when she was a sophomore, but definitely last year I started to see that she could get there and I was always pushing for her.”

Edinboro women’s soccer head coach Gary Kagiavas knew Debo’s skills would propel her to the top.

“Lizzy is a special, special player. You watch her have the ball at her feet, you watch her when she attacks people, she is special. She scores uncanny goals. She’s just an awesome player.”

To claim such an honor does not come easy. Debo has led the team in goals the last two seasons and led the PSAC. in goals scored in 2012. The North Huntingdon native scored a plenty, but had a whirlwind of emotion and thought after that eventual game winner and record breaker found the back of the net against Mansfield.

“My first thought was about my teammates,” she said. “I believed in them. I believed in myself. God gave me the ability and I did not want to waste it. Other external people that I thought about when I scored were my parents and my coaches. They gave me a ball. They gave me cleats. I knew that once they gave me that and I had the opportunity, I knew I had the ability to do it.”

Debo can cement herself in the history books more as she currently ranks fourth alltime in career points with 84. She is one behind Sallie (Tekotte) for third and six away from tying Nicole Vlahovic (02’) for the alltime lead at 90.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com