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STAB Soccer Players Ready For Next Level


National Signing Day was a celebration of the soccer programs at St. Anne's-Belfield, with four players signing on to play at the next level.

Kylie Hegemier is headed to Harrisonburg to play at James Madison University. Hegemier made the All-State girls' soccer team both her freshman and sophomore years and was named State Player of the Year in Division I. Now, the senior is looking forward to joining the Dukes in the fall.

"I'm really excited about the college as a University," she says. "I'm also really excited about starting our season this fall and I'm really exited to start to get to play with them as a team."

Joseph Gonella signed his letter of intent on Wednesday to play at Virginia Commonwealth University. Gonnella has already spent some time playing in Richmond, as a midfielder for the Richmond Strikers in their US Soccer Development Academy.

"I feel like I fit well with the team," he says of the Rams. "I know a lot of players on the team, so the chemistry's going to be good. And then academics-wise, I got into the honors college, so I'm looking forward to it."

Haley Kent is also staying in the Commonwealth, and will join the soccer team at William and Mary. The St. Anne's-Belfield senior is a three-time all-state team member, and was captain of the Saints' State Championship Team in 2012. Kent has also earned all-state honors in basketball, but ultimately chose to play soccer in college.

"I've been looking at William & Mary since I was in middle school, so I've been really excited to kind of fit in," Kent said. "I feel like it'll be a good fit for me. I'm excited to have to adapt to everything there."

Megan Wenger is committed to play soccer at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. After making her decision last fall, Wenger says she's most excited about moving on to the next level.

"I'm just excited to play on a different level, I've been in high school soccer my whole life and I can't wait to take the next step," she says. I think I'm going to be pushed a lot this year and that's scary but it's also exciting."


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