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For Francesca Venezia, the choice of Boston College came down to finding what she was looking for at the Massachusetts school.
“I decided to commit to Boston College because of the great academics, beautiful campus and high level of soccer,” she told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I feel in love with the school as soon as I saw it.”
A possession-oriented attacker with plenty of creativity and technical ability, the goal scorer liked the program’s style of play and competitiveness.
“I always wanted to play in the ACC and at a high level,” Venezia said. “It was important to me to choose a school where I felt my style of play was similar to their style of play. Coach Alison and Coach Mark made me feel very comfortable and welcome. I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Boston College family.”
Venezia, who also looked at programs in the ACC and Ivy League, found that BC offered her plenty away from soccer as well.
“What I like about the school is the high academics, the campus setting and location,” she said. “Boston is a beautiful area and there is a lot to do there.”
Five players are committed to Boston College for the class of 2016.
A laundry list of pluses drew Makayla Kolberg to make the jump from California to a DI school in Ohio.
“I decided to commit to Xavier because of the powerful bond and chemistry the team has, the strong competitors within the Big East Conference, the dedication of the coaches, and the sense of community within the university,” she told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “All of these factors, added with the academic quality and prestige of the school made it clear that I wanted to be a part of Xavier.”
Finding the right playing style was an important element to Kolberg, a highly technical midfielder who tries to connect play around the field and circulate it in the middle of the park.
Xavier was a match for that and more.
“The team’s high work rate and strong perseverance really attracted me to the program,” she said. “The coaches were a huge part of my decision because of their passion for the game and the playing strategies they implement on the field each week. The overall program was so welcoming and made me really want to be part of the Xavier team.”
Along with a soccer program that will help her improve as a player, Kolberg found a school she thinks can help her develop as a person.
“Not only does Xavier have a great academic reputation, but it also promotes a powerful Jesuit mission that supports generosity and giving back to the community,” she said. “Both the characteristics of the university and its soccer program convinced me that this was the perfect college fit for me.”