GW Women's Soccer Signs Six Recruits
March 29, 2005
Washington, DC - The George Washington University women's soccer program has signed six players to letters-of-intent for the 2005 season, head coach Tanya Vogel announced.
Joining the Colonials as freshmen this fall will be midfielder Stephanie Covello (Princeton, N.J./Princeton High School), defender Lauren Kelly (Oak Hill, VA/Bishop Denis O'Connell), defender/midfielder Kerry Philbin (Herndon, VA/Bishop Denis O'Connell), forward Meghan Pyle (Franklin Park, NJ/Mount St. Mary Academy), forward Simone Russo (New York, NY /Poly Prep Country Day School) and midfielder/forward Allison Sylvetsky (Niskayuna, NY/ Niskayuna High School).
"I am particularly excited to bring this class into the program we have developed here at GW," Vogel said. "Each one of our incoming freshmen brings outstanding qualities on and off the field. Their club and high school teams have exposed them to the highest levels of competition and, although there will be a short period of transition, we look for each one of them to contribute immediately."
Class of 2005 Profiles
Stephanie Covello - Midfielder
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
High School: Princeton High School
Club: FC Magic United
High School: Four-year varsity starter...First-place Colonial Valley Conference Championship...Team captain.
Club Team: 2004 Orange Classic Championship team...Team captain.
Extra-curricular: Student representative for student council...Organized and ran PHS Soccer clinic for local club teams...Cast member for spring musicals at PHS (Chicago, The Mystery of Edwin Dodd, Hello Dolly)...Founded and served as president of two community service groups (Tiger's Tail, Cinderella's Closet).
Vogel on Covello: "Stephanie is a talented athlete who will see time as an outside midfielder and up top. She is tenacious and tactically smart, playing center mid for her high school team. There is no question that Steph's impact as a leader will be felt immediately on and off the field."
Covello on GW: "GW is all inclusive - It offers me an outstanding academic environment, a chance to continue playing soccer, a location in one of the most important cities in the world. And yet the people are warm-hearted and down to earth. I can't wait to embrace the George Washington experience."
Lauren Kelly - Defender
Hometown: Oak Hill, VA
High School: Bishop Denis O'Connell
Club Team: Bethesda Excel (former club: RFC Milan)
High School: Team ranked number one in the 2004 NSCAA rankings (#4 in 2003, #6 in 2002, #16 in 2001)... 2001-04 WCAC Champions...2001 and 2004 regular season first-place WCAC team...2001-03 varsity starter (captain in 2003)...2003 Washington Post Second Team All-Metro...2003 Honorable Mention All-WCAC...2002 First Team All-WCAC.
Club Team: RFC Milan Women's `2003 Footballer of the Year'...2003 USYSA Region I semi-finalist team...2002 USYSA Region I Championship team...1997-2001 RFC Milan Captain...USYSA 2001 national finalist.
ODP/SYL: 1999-2004 Virginia State team...2003 D.C. United SYL...2002 Virginia State team captain.
Vogel on Kelly: "Lauren is a tireless worker with a mature soccer mind. She is an excellent marking back with the ability to take attackers out of the game. On the attack, she has good vision to play quickly out of the back and can serve balls forward to our targets and into the box."
Check out Lauren at:
Kerry Philbin- Midfielder / Defender
Hometown: Herndon, VA
High School: Bishop Denis O'Connell
Club: RFC Milan
High School: 2001-02, '04 varsity starter (injured in '03)...2002, 2003 and 2004 WCAC Championship teams...2001 and 2004 WCAC Regular Season first place team...Team finished top ranked in the 2004 NSCAA (#4 in 2003, #6 in 2002, #16 in 2001)...2002 Coaches Award Recipient...2001 Second Team All-WCAC Conference.
Club Team: 1999-2004 RFC Milan team captain...2001-02 USYSA national finalist...1999 and 2003 USYSA Region Champion...2003 USYSA Region I Semi-finalist...1998 WAGS Tournament MVP - Cup Flight.
ODP/SYL: 1999-2003 Virginia State Team, 1999-2002 Region I Camp, 2003 D.C. United SYL.
Vogel on Philbin: "The addition of Kerry to a midfield that includes (Colonials' midfielder) Ina Kain is thrilling. We are looking for Kerry to win balls, maintain possession and assist with Ina in our playmaking. She has an outstanding work rate and the will to win. That `hate to lose' attitude will contribute to the greatness that our rising seniors exude. We're excited for August just thinking about it!"
Intended major at GW: Premed
Philbin on GW: "I picked GW for its great academic and athletic reputation. GW has the program of study that I want to pursue and, equally important, I look forward to helping the women's soccer program."
Check Philbin out at:
Meghan Pyle - Forward
Hometown: Franklin Park, NJ
High School: Mount St. Mary Academy
Club Team: PDA Stampede
High School: 2001-04 varsity starter (2004 captain)...2002-04 first team all-conference...2004 all-area...2002-03 honorable mention all-area...2002 conference co-championship team...2001 second team all-conference...2001 Honorable Mention All-Somerset County...2002-04 varsity basketball team (2004 captain).
Club Team: 2001-02, 2004 leading scorer...Team ranked fifteenth in U.S. in 2004...2004 Region 1 Premier League U17 Division Champions...2004 New Jersey Snickers State Cup Semi-Finalist...2004 JAGS U17 League Champions...2003 New Jersey Snickers State Cup Semi-Finalist...2002 New Jersey Snickers State Cup Champions...2002 FC Delco Players Cup Champions...2001 San Diego Surf Cup Semi-Finalist...2001 Columbia Invitational Champions.
ODP: 2003-04 New Jersey State Team...2001 New Jersey State Pool...2000-02 ODP Area Pool.
Extra-curricular: Member of National Honor Society, United Cultures Club, SADD, Spirit Club (president) and Emergency Rescue Club (activities coordinator).
Intended Major at GW: Exercise Science
Vogel on Pyle: "Meg is an outstanding target player who looks to play simple. She is a goal scorer who is technically sound and reads the game well. With Meg up top, we have a `go to' player who can combine with others to score goals or do it herself. We look for a lot of production out of Meg in the final third."
Pyle on GW: "I picked GW because the girls are awesome, the academics are excellent and Washington, DC is beautiful!"
Check Meg out at: http://stampede.ggcomp.com/default-old.asp (click on roster and players, click on Meg Pyle)
Simone Russo - Forward
Hometown: New York, NY
High School: Poly Prep Country Day School
Club Team: Eastchester Patriots
High School: 2001-04 varsity starter (2004 captain)...2002-04 leading scorer...2003 division champions...2001-04 First Team All-Ivy...2003-04 team MVP...Set school record for most goals scored (boys and girls) with 84 goals and 33 assists.
Club Team: 2004 starting forward...2004 Score at the Shore Champions...2004 State Cup Finalists...2004 WAGS and PDA Tournament Semi-Finalists. ODP/SYL: 2003-04 ENY State ODP South...2003-04 Mid Atlantic Super Y League (SYL) U16G ODP Regional Pool...2003 SYL Regional Champions and national finalists.
Extra-curricular: 2002 NYS Attorney General Award for Character Excellence...Member of the 2001-02 Honor Roll '01...Oasis Society (inducted '04).
Vogel on Simone: "Simone is a fierce competitor who will fight for everything in the midfield and up top. She is quick, strong and possesses solid technical skills. She has good vision and can combine with the midfield and other forwards to create opportunities for her team. A strong finisher, we look for Simone to be a goal scoring threat from day one."
Rival High School Coach on Simone: "The one yard stick all coaches in the conference use when deciding whether a player deserves all league honors is how well they were able to defend Simone."
Russo on GW: "I like GW because it is a city school that has a lot of diversity and provides very strong academic classes so I will be able to excel in studies while being able to continue to play soccer."
Check out Simone at:
Allison Sylvetsky- Outside Midfielder, Forward
Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
High School: Niskayuna High School
Club Team: Blackwatch Premier
High School: 2001-04 varsity starter...2001-04 Warrior Award...2004 all-section...2003-04 Suburban Council All-Star.
Club Team: 2002 State Champions (with Clifton Park).
ODP: 2004 Region I Pool...1998-2005 ENY-N State team.
Extra-curricular: Class president junior and senior year and class vice-president sophomore year...Member of National Honor Society and Niskayuna Leadership Council...Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award.
Vogel on Allison: "Allison is a versatile player who will see time up top and as an outside midfielder. She is a workhorse who will create havoc in the attack. Her fitness and athleticism will challenge our opponents from kick-off to the final whistle. Allison's potential to grow is enormous and we look for great things from her in the future."
Intended major at GW: Undeclared- possibly Human Resources or International Business.
"We have a class of 10 rising seniors who are looking to complete their collegiate career with an Atlantic 10 Conference championship and a bid to the NCAA Championship tournament," Vogel said. "There is no question that our veterans are driven and looking to their newest teammates to help in this mission!"