Immediate Release: February 25, 2010
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.
Cusato - Defender
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."
Cook - Midfielder
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."
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."
O'Brien - Forward/Midfielder
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."
Martin - Goalkeeper
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."
Martin - Forward
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."
Speirs - Goalkeeper
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."
Sylla - Forward/Defender
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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