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An outside back who likes getting forward, Pietra Sweeney didn’t have to look too far from her Acton, Massachusetts home for the ideal college destination.
“The soccer program at BU is a perfect fit for me from the style of their play to the team dynamics on and off the field,” she told TopDrawerSocer.com. “From the time I attended the camp at BU, everything with the coaching staff clicked. Coach [Nancy] Feldman is amazing and knows a lot about the game. I am positive that she will look out for my best interests and help me continue to grow and develop as a player, a student, and a person. The players are really nice and get along very well.”
Someone who enjoys the high-pressure stakes of ECNL matches and dealing with the opposing attack, Sweeney found that BU had plenty to offer her in the classroom as well.
“The academic programs in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences really interest me,” she said. “BU is in the heart of Boston and I will have great connections and opportunities after I graduate. It is set in the middle of an amazing city with endless things to do and people to meet.”
Catherine Kent, Midfielder, Eclipse Select SC
Commitment: Oregon State
During her first visit to Oregon State, it didn’t take long for Catherine Kent to realize that this was the place for her.
“It is where I wanted to be from the minute I saw the campus and met the coaches,” Kent told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I felt at home and at ease immediately when I visited the school last year, and was so comfortable talking to the coaches, that I knew it was a perfect fit. Living in Chicago, I have become accustomed to the extremities of weather and it will be nice to play in a climate that is a little more moderate . . . and with gorgeous scenery. I am not sure what exactly I want to study in college, so it is wonderful that Oregon State has a wide variety of choices.”
“The soccer program at Oregon State is extremely competitive and is very exciting,” she said. “Being in the Pac-12 is a great opportunity, with such great opponents that I know I will continue to develop as a player while playing with and against many of the top players in the country.”
Something about the team’s style of play also caught her eye and drew her to make a commitment.
“Oregon State plays a unique system, where they use four center midfielders,” she explained. “It offers many possibilities to me and other center midfielders for creativity on and off the ball. I am very excited to wear orange and black and to be a Beaver.”
Forward Sarah Henderson committed to Bethany (Kan.) for the class of 2013.
Forward Val Ostrowski (Indiana Invaders) committed to IUPUI for the class of 2014
Defender Abby King (Eagles SC) committed to Oregon for the class of 2014.