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Tanisha Grewal assumed a different role for the Elco girls’ soccer team this season. But she learned from the best.

And it was her ability to put into action what she was taught and pass on what she had learned that proved to be a key to the Raiders’ surprising success this season.

On Saturday at Northeastern High School in Manchester, Grewal and Elco’s campaign came to an end, with a 2-1 loss to Lansdale Catholic, in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA postseason. But what a ride it was for Grewal and the Raiders.

On Tuesday at Cedar Crest, Elco had scored a 3-0 triumph over Lewisburg in the opening round of the state playoffs.. Along the way, the Raiders had captured their second straight District Three Class AA championship and their fifth straight Lancaster-Lebanon section title.

Grewal, a senior forward, led Elco in scoring, showed acquired leadership skills and was a calming influence during pressure situations for the Raiders. Grewal racked up 17 goals and posted seven assists for Elco this fall.

After serving in a support role during the first few years of her career, Grewal really stepped up this year. And because she did, Elco was able to accomplish things that only it thought it could.

  • Jeff Falk

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