College bound; Kosienski, Wershoven sign commitments to NCAA programs

“Athleticism is the first thing I think about with her,” said the coach. “She just makes things happen, whether it’s stealing the ball away from a defender, or scoring on a hustle goal. She’s just someone that makes players around her better.”

Wershoven’s decision came down to Clark University, Brandeis University, Manhattanville College, and the University of Massachusetts. She’s planning on taking a pre-med course of study.

“I had a few decisions on the table, but ultimately after visiting all of my final decisions I fell in love with the campus at Castleton,” she said. “Even though I’m not going to be in the city, it has a lot to offer.”

Penta said that the signings were a good way to end a disappointing soccer season that fell short of the Class LL tournament, but he said that Kosienski and Wershoven continue to raise the bar for those that follow. They’ll be hard to replace.

“As every year goes on, from freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year, you get closer to these girls,” said the coach. “It’s kind of like having a daughter leave for college. I’m happy for the success that they’re going to have, but I’m going to miss them. I always tell the girls when they leave that they have to come back for at least one game to watch and yell at me from the sidelines. Now that they’ve graduated, they can do it and not get into trouble.”

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