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Casella Adds Two More For 2020

Published: January 7, 2020
Staten Island, NY –  The Wagner College women's soccer incoming class got a bit larger as head coach Phil Casella announced two more additions on Tuesday. 

Set to join the Green & White in the fall are defender Rebecca Wood and midfielder Abby Willison. With these additions, the Seahawks are currently slotted to bring eight freshmen into the 2020 season. 

Rebecca Wood 
Smithtown, NY
Smithtown High School West
Club Team: FC Fury DA

Attended Smithtown High School West... Played one year of varsity soccer for the Bulls... Was a four-year member of the school's track & field team... In the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the German Honor Society, Math Honor Society as well as Rho Kappa Honor Society and part of a program called Athletes Helping Athletes... On the pitch, she helped FC Fury claim the 2017 U17 DA Championship... During the 2018-19 campaign, she scored three goals in 15 games... Daughter of Cindy and Dave Wood... Comes from an athletic family as her sister, Katie, is a senior setter on the La Salle University volleyball team, and is a two-time Atlantic 10 (A-10) Setter of the Year... Her mother played volleyball at George Washington while her father played soccer and volleyball at fellow Northeast Conference (NEC) institute, Bryant University... Intends to major in Health Sciences. 

Coach Casella on Wood: "She is very athletic, disruptive to her opponents and loves to run. She is a wide outside back, who is technical and loves getting into the attack. She is also very good in the air and Division I ready."

Abby Willison
Bellevue, WA
Eastside Catholic High School
Club Team: Eastside FC

Attended Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, WA where she played soccer, basketball and tennis... Played two years of varsity soccer... Her junior year, she was picked up by the Seattle Reign Academy team and her senior year, she trained with the boys ECNL and Development Academy teams... In the classroom, she is a two-time Second Honors Student... Her junior year, she earned First Honors... Collected Highest Honors earlier this year... She was one of two newcomers to play both varsity soccer and varsity basketball while being the only freshman to qualify for the playoffs in tennis... As part of the Eastside FC team, she was voted team captain by her teammates her freshman and sophomore season and named again to the position by her coaches in her senior year... In her freshmen and sophomore seasons, her team won the Snohomish Cup and Crossfire Showcase, that was hosted in Redmond, WA.... Her last two years, during the summer, her team was invited to Silverlakes and Surf Cup ... Daughter of Jill and Mark Willison... Has one sibling, Rory... Her mother rowed crew at Santa Clara University.... Has volunteered in many different capacities, as she is an options peer tutor, where she teaches and tutors high school students with autism.... Volunteers as a coach for an options basketball team... Has volunteered for Special Olympics Events in Seattle..
Coach Casella on Willison: "She plays in the central area of the field and provides great vision and technical side of the game. We are super excited to add her to our program."
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