JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (February 26, 2018) -- ETSU women’s soccer head coach Adam Sayers unveiled the Buccaneers 2018 recruiting class on Monday. The Bucs are pleased to announce the additions of Tess Mrozek and Sarah Williams from Tennessee, and Sydney Cavender from West Virginia.
The incoming class will add to each third of the pitch. Each player earned all-state honors in high school -- Mrozek as a goalkeeper, Williams as a central defender/midfielder, and Cavender as a forward.
“This group of talented young women will join an already experienced and dedicated team looking to compete for a conference championship this coming fall,” Sayers said.
MEET THE NEW BUCS
Sydney Cavender (Scott Depot, W.V./Winfield High School)
2014: Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year; Honorable Mention All-State; 2nd Team all-conference. Scored 15 goals and 7 assists for Generals, who won the AAA State Championship.
2015: 2nd Team All-State; 1st Team all-conference. Scored 25 goals and 9 assists as Winfield repeated as State Champions.
2016: Captain of AA All-State 2nd Team; 1st Team all-conference. Scored 29 goals 14 assists as Generals won third straight State Championship.
2017: Captain of AA All-State 1st Team; West Virginia Player of the Year; Kanawha Valley Player of the Year; 1st Team all-conference. Scored 40 goals and 10 assists in Generals’ run to Sectional and Regional championships.
Club: WVFC (2015 State Champions; 2016 State Runners-up; 2017 State Champions)
Why she chose ETSU:
“I love the environment at ETSU. It feels so homey to me. I felt like I connected well with all the girls on the team. It definitely feels like somewhere I could call home for the next four years, and I’m more than excited. The campus is beautiful, and it has everything that I was looking for!”
Coach Sayers on Cavender:
“Sydney is no stranger to winning. She comes from a highly successful high school program and is a three-time state champion. Her physicality and mental toughness enable her to create problems for the opposition in front of goal. We are truly looking forward to Sydney wearing navy and gold this fall.”
Tess Mrozek (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill High School)
2016 & 2017: 1st Team All-District
2017: All-State; 1st Team All-Region; Goalkeeper of the Year
MVP 2016 & 2017
Club: FC Alliance, ECNL
Why she chose ETSU:
“I’m very familiar with the campus and the coaches, and they’ve always been very welcoming to me. The campus is great, and the school is big, but not too big. ETSU has my major and it’s close to home, so my family and friends can come to home games.”
Coach Sayers on Mrozek:
“We’re extremely excited to add Tess to our roster this upcoming fall. She’s a third generation Buccaneer, with ETSU being in close proximity to home. Tess is confident with the ball at her feet, demonstrates tremendous distribution skills, and excels on crosses and balls in the air.”
Sarah Williams (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel High School)
2015: 2nd Team All-District
2016 & 2017: 1st Team All-District; Varsity Defender of the Year
2017: Division 1 AAA All-State; 1st Team All-Midstate; 1st Team All-Rutherford County; 1st Team All-Area;
2014 & 2017: Tennessee State Quarterfinalist
Club: Tennessee SC, ECNL (State Champions: 2014, 2017-2018)
Why she chose ETSU:
“There was no apparent reason why I shouldn’t. Out of all the schools and camps I’ve been to, it was the only place I was drawn to both the school and the soccer program. The campus is beautiful, as is the surrounding area, and that was a major factor in my decision. Johnson City reminds me of my hometown without being too much like it, so I have a feeling I’ll be able to make a home out of ETSU and Johnson City for at least the next four years. The team offers a kind yet competitive atmosphere, which is what I was looking for, and I’m excited to play and compete at the level ETSU does. I had an intense feeling as soon as I walked into Summers-Taylor Stadium that this is where I wanted to go to school and play, and I am more than happy to be following my heart to ETSU.”
Coach Sayers on Williams:
“Sarah is a flexible player, in that she can confidently play as a central defender, as well as deep-lying midfield player. She remains calm in possession under pressure, has a good understanding of her role and the game, and positions herself well. She fits extremely well into our style of play and we couldn’t be happier to add her to this program.”
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