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BU women’s soccer strengthens program with eight recruits

Bearcats land two goalkeepers, three conference players of year

February 25, 2010

BU women’s soccer strengthens program with eight recruits

VESTAL, N.Y. - After posting the program’s best win percentage in eight years of America East play in the fall, Binghamton women’s soccer continued that success on the recruiting trail. Head coach Sarah McClellan announced BU’s 2010 recruiting class of eight standout scholastic players.

“We are very pleased with the quality of this class,” McClellan said. “Considering our achievements of last fall, this class will compliment our returnees for even greater successes to come. They are well-rounded student-athletes with a strong sense of character, leadership and citizenship in addition to their priorities of excelling academically and athletically. They certainly represent the type of person, student and athlete we embrace in our program.”

The group of eight includes three players who were named conference player of the year, two goalkeepers and one accomplished local recruit. The 2010 class is comprised of Elizabeth Cusato (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas HS), Kaitlyn Cook (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell HS), Emma Kurth (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees HS), Carrie Martin (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas HS), Conor O’Brien (Rensselaer, N.Y./Columbia HS), Kaitlyn Martin (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem HS), Stephanie Speirs (Long Island, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial HS) and Sophie Sylla (Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley HS).

A capsule look at each recruit follows.

Elizabeth Cusato - Defender
Highly decorated center back… three-time All Monroe County first team selection… 2009 Monroe County Division I Player of Year… third-team All-State for Class AA… led Titans to seven shutouts, 16-1-1 record and top seed for sectionals… picked for All Greater Rochester Team three seasons… selected for Exceptional Senior Game… six-year state ODP member… scholar-athlete.

McClellan on Cusato
: “Liz is a furious competitor. She brings a wealth of experience to our defensive unit. She has a tremendous work rate and I can’t wait to see her develop into a powerful collegiate player.”

Kaitlyn Cook - Midfielder

Local standout from Maine-Endwell HS… following line of recruits from one of state’s premier scholastic programs… five-year starter at center midfield… two-time all-state selection… amassed 60 goals and 42 career assists… led Spartans to five straight sectional titles and one Final Four appearance… also led club team, B.C. United Fusion, to pair of state championships.

McClellan on Cook
: “Cookie is a highly-driven and motivated athlete. She has brought her game to a very high level in the past year. I think she will waste no time in emerging as a dominant college midfielder. Her competitive nature and willingness to challenge for every ball will certainly make her a player to watch.”

Emma Kurth - Midfielder/Defender

Four-year starter for Voorhees High… first-team all-conference player… named to All-West New Jersey Team in 2009… plays club soccer for Parsipany SC, Super Y-League national semifinalist in ‘08… won national title in Kick It 3v3 playing for Far Post Soccer… scholar-athlete who was two-time Science Student of the Year at school.

McClellan on Kurth: “Emma brings great athleticism and strength to our squad. She is a quick learner with versatility and sharp technical ability. Emma is another player who will grow quickly in our program.”

Conor O’Brien - Forward/Midfielder

Two-time first team all-conference forward/midfielder from Columbia HS… captain and team MVP… two-time Times Union All-Area selection… plays club soccer for New York Elite FC with fellow recruit Kaitlyn Martin… AP Scholar… president of National Honor Society.

McClellan on O’Brien
: “Conor has great athleticim, fight and an attacking personality. Her work rate and passion as a student-athlete will help raise our program to the next level. I expect Conor to adjust quickly to the collegiate game.”

Carrie Martin - Goalkeeper
Three-year varsity player for McNicholas High in Ohio… twice named league’s Player of the Year… led team to pair of league championships… first-team all-league selection… two-time team MVP… Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star… named Top Player to Watch by ESPN Rise Magazine… plays club for Classics Hammer FC… team reached ‘08 U.S. Youth Soccer Region II championship… member of both National Honor Society and National Latin Honor Society (president).

McClellan on Martin
: “Carrie has worked very hard to bring her game to its current caliber. She has exceptional training habits and a can-do attitude. She also brings athleticism and aggressiveness between the posts. She embraces the challenge and responsibility that the goalkeeper position brings and I anticipate she will develop quickly into a top level college keeper.”

Kaitlyn Martin - Forward

Highly-decorated scholastic striker… led all large-school players with 18 goals before ‘09 season was cut short… Suburban Council Player of Year… named second team All-State… four-year starting forward… compiled 51 career goals and 24 assists… led team to three league titles and Section II Class AA championships… two-time first team all-league… plays club soccer with fellow recruit Conor O’Brien on New York Elite FC.

McClellan on Martin: “I was lucky to see Kaitlyn play at one of the smaller events. She has a huge amount of potential and is a scoring machine. Her speed and willingness to go at defenders will demand respect. Kaitlyn has all the building blocks to be an extremely dangerous attacking player.”

Stephanie Speirs - Goalkeeper

Veteran state ODP member and team MVP from Kellenberg Memorial High… plays club soccer for powerful Albertson SC, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in New York… formerly played for Commack SC… member of the Leaders Club and National Honor Society… volunteer with Kids Helping Kids with Cancer… Character Achievement Award recipient.

McClellan on Speirs
: “Stephanie comes from a very strong background and training environment in the Albertson Soccer Club. She is a quick learner and determined athlete. She is going to develop quite well in our program. Her positive attitude and strong mental focus bring additional competitive spirit to our squad.”

Sophie Sylla - Forward/Defender

Three-time all-league selection for Ardsley High… named all-section as senior… team captain and MVP… also lettered in lacrosse and track… played club soccer with Patriots FC.

McClellan on Sylla
: “Sophie is an extremely versatile athlete. She can literally play anywhere on the field. She is a dynamic and explosive player and is truly fun to watch. We caught Sophie late in our recruiting process but just knew she would be a good fit in our program. We feel very fortunate to have added Sophie to this exceptional class.”

The ‘09 Bearcats advanced to the America East title game and earned tournament runnerup honors. Binghamton (9-7-1, 6-2 AE) was regular season runnerup to Boston University. The Bearcats then made their sixth consecutive conference tournament appearance and advanced to the championship game before falling to the Terriers.

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