A lot of focus in New York soccer, understandably, centers around densely populated Long Island. But Buffalo certainly is proving to be a great stop for recruiters. This year’s senior class includes one of the state’s top overall talents in. In addition to the South Carolina-bound standout, four other Buffalo-area seniors already have committed to NCAA Division I programs, including to ACC and Big 10 programs.
Here is our preseason Buffalo All-Metro squad:
FORWARDS: Record-setting St. Mary’s senioris back for her senior year. The South Carolina commit was the New York Gatorade Player of the Year, New York Class C Player of the Year and All-Western New York Coaches Player in 2020. She scored a staggering 39 goals in only 10 matches during the pandemic-shortened season. She already has a school record 115 goals entering the 2021 campaign. … Clarence junior had a breakthrough season in 2020. netting nine goals and assisting on nine others to lead Clarence to a section title. She was a Class AA second-team all-state selection. … Williamsville East senior had 14 goals and 12 assists last year while earning Class A third-team all-state honors. … Grand Island senior scored 22 goals last year and has 40 over the past two seasons. She was a Class A third-team all-state pick.
MIDFIELDERS: Lewiston-Porter seniorwas an early verbal to Buffalo. A Class A second-team all-state pick in 2020 scored 19 goals and added 10 assists. … Nichols sophomore set school records for goals (19) and assists (14) by a freshman last year while earning Class B first-team all-state honors. … Clarence appears to be primed for a state title run this fall as, in addition to , senior Abby Bishara also returns. Bishara was a Class AA first-team all-state pick last year after a season where she scored seven goals.
DEFENDERS: Nichols seniorhas committed to Ohio State. Last season she was a Class B first-team all-state selection at defender, despite spending time in the attack and finishing with 11 goals and 11 assists. … Williamsville North senior is a two-sport standout who earned Class AA third-team all-state honors as a junior. … The Buffalo-area private schools are pumping out a number of Division I recruits, which includes Nardin senior , who has committed to Cornell and rounds out our group of defenders.
GOALKEEPER: Lancaster seniorposted a 0.67 GAA and earned Class AA first-team all-state honors. The standout keeper has committed to Syracuse.
Pos. Name School Grade Commitment
GK Shealyn Vanderbosch Lancaster Sr. Syracuse
D Mirann Gacioch Nichols Sr. Ohio State
D Jada Ghee Williamsville North Sr. D Maran Kingsley Nardin Sr. Cornell
M Abby Bishara Clarence Sr. M Linda Ullmark Nichols So. M Sarah Woods Lewiston-Porter Sr. Buffalo
F Avery Mondoux Grand Island Sr. F Kailey O’Brien Clarence Jr. F Shae O’Rourke St. Mary's Sr. South Carolina
F Emma Scalione Williamsville East Sr.