Kent State Soccer welcomes eight new flashes for the 2022 season
Kent, Ohio- The Kent State football team will welcome a new class of eight incoming freshmen for the upcoming Fall 2022 season as the Flashes look to build on an appearance in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game 2021.
With the majority of a solid backline returning for the new campaign, this incoming class features three natural forwards and four midfielders who should help add some spark to an already potent Golden Flash Attack.
“We are thrilled to have this class join us,” the Kent State head coach said. Rob Marinaro said. “This is a wonderful group of student-athletes who know how to succeed on and off the field. We can’t wait to get started with them and see their impact on the Kent State family.”
Mary Kate Lape – Striker
As a forward for Connellsville High School and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Lape was touted as an energetic athlete throughout the recruiting process. She was named to the Academy Select and ODP state teams and was selected nationally for the 2018 USL Experience with Phoenix Rising FC as a rookie, while also earning an invite to football coaching American. Lape was also drafted four times in all counties and four times in all sections during his high school career.
Jillian Marvin – Outside Front / Back
In her four years as a starter, Marvin has impressed as a versatile all-court athlete. She earned WPIAL Big 5-6A All-Conference All-Section honors and was named to the “Observer-Reporter All-American Watchlist”. Marvin was also named one of the Mid America Conference’s Top 30 Players as a team captain for the Beadling. Soccer Club She scored 45 goals and 35 assists throughout her high school career and will be pursuing a nursing degree at Kent State.
Katerina Kostouros – Midfielder
Cave Creek, Arizona
As a four-year starter and Cactus Shadows high school letter winner, Kostouros was named to the Arizona All-Area First Team and earned Offensive Player of the Year honors during his tenure. senior campaign. She racked up 25 goals and 23 assists during her tenure as Falcon, adding valuable experience to her resume as a member of the SC Del Sol Girls Academy Club squad where she was named to the squad. of the western ODP region of Arizona. Kostouros will be pursuing a fashion design major while attending Kent State.
Julia Kempf – Midfielder
Vernon Hills, Ill.
Kempf started his career at Vernon Hills High School with a bang and never looked back, leading his team with 12 goals in his freshman season and coming away with the single-season assist record at age 16. She was also a vital part of Chicago FC United. club where she became a two-time State Cup champion and a qualifier for the 2022 USYS National Championship. Kempf also retained her place as a member of the National Honors Society and became a recipient of the Seal of Biliteracy. While in the Blue and Gold, she will pursue a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.
Kelsey Salopek – Midfielder
Salopek wreaked havoc on opposing defenses during his time at Steel Valley High School, scoring 117 goals and assisting 72 more from his spot in midfield. His serve earned him the titles of Moe Rosensteel and Post-Gazette Player of the Year. The former Tribune FAB 15 team member also loaned his services to club side Century FC, and the National Honors Society member will be pursuing a nursing major at Kent State.
Taylor English – Midfielder
A product of Oswego East High School, English was a member of its varsity team in both freshman and senior year while playing for club team Sockers FC Chicago. English helped the Sockers to a 2017 Midwest Championship, and the team was a runner-up for the 2017 National Championship. She was a high honor roll member in all eight semesters, and both an AP and Illinois scholarship winner. Scholar. While at Kent State, Taylor plans to major in interior design.
Abby Breitschuh – Centre-back / Outside defender
Hills of Rochester, Michigan
As a member of the Nationals Girls Academy club team, Breitschuh helped his team win a GA National Championship in 2021, the crowning achievement of a great club career. The lone defenseman in this year’s signing class was a talented multi-sport athlete, playing football and basketball for Rochester High School in Michigan, and winning a league championship on hardwood for the Falcons in 2021- 22. Breitschuh will specialize in marketing and advertising while playing for the Flashes.
Bella DaPra – Midfielder
Another Pennsylvania product, DePra spent his high school career playing for the Century United club team as well as Canon-McMillan High School. She was twice named to the ODP All-Region team, making the IMG Select team and receiving an invitation to the National Training Center. DaPra will major in fashion merchandising with a minor in marketing while at Kent State.