ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team and head coach Steve Brdarski have announced six student-athletes to join the program next fall.
McKenna Robinson, Alyssa Spring, Alexa Martinos, Mackenzie Nolan, Lydia Choban, and Lizzie Bebie have all committed to play for the Bonnies in the 2020 season.
"We are excited to welcome six new additions to our St. Bonaventure community and women's soccer family," Brdarski said. "At the core of this 2020 class is a deep dedication to not only helping and supporting the team but also within the community. They are great people who come from amazing families and we are very lucky to have them now join ours. We have a lot of work to do before next fall, but we have taken a great step forward with this group."
McKenna Robinson joins the Bonnies from Connoquenessing, Pa. and is a forward/midfielder for Butler Senior High School. As a senior, she led the team in assists with 24 and was second in scoring with 13 goals. She started in three out of her four seasons on varsity. Robinson was named to the 2019 Big 56 Quad A All-Section First Team, Big 56 Quad A Second Team, and was a 2019 All-Section Player and 2019 All-WPIAL Player. In 2018 and '19, she helped her team advance to the WPIAL quarterfinals. She played with Northern Steel Soccer for 10 years and currently plays in the USYS Great Lakes Conference, where she has been part of numerous tournament event championships. In the classroom, Robinson is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Honors Society since ninth grade. At St. Bonaventure, she plans on majoring in health science.
COACH BRDARSKI ON MCKENNA ROBINSON – "Precision, technique, and attention to detail is the best way to describe McKenna. Some players wait to play in games and McKenna never stops playing or thinking about the game. She is so focused on being the best that she is constantly breaking down what she does and how she plays. This dedication will do nothing less than help her and our program grow."
Joining the Brown and White from Allegany, N.Y. is Alyssa Spring. She is a forward for Allegany-Limestone High School where she has started at the varsity level for the past five years. Spring, a team captain, finished her career at Allegany-Limestone with 147 goals and 50 assists and holds the school record for most career goals and single season goals. In the 2017 State Championship game, she scored a hat-trick to lead her team to victory and earn the state championship game's MVP award. Spring was also part of four league championship titles with the Lady Gators. She was named First Team All-State, First Team All-WNY, Big 30 All-Star, and First Team League All-Star. Spring plans on majoring in health science at St. Bonaventure.
COACH BRDARSKI ON ALYSSA SPRING – "Alyssa knows exactly what it means to be a Bonnie. She will take great pride in wearing the Bonas jersey and representing our community. Alyssa will find ways to score goals and be dangerous in the attacking third of the field. Her ability to read the game and instincts in the box will be very important next fall."
Coming to St. Bonaventure from Jackson, N.J. is Alexa Martinos. She is a forward for Notre Dame High School. In 10 games this past season, Martinos registered six goals and four assists. She also played for the Players Development Academy. In addition to soccer, Martinos played lacrosse and ran track, where she won the Ocean County Gold Medal in the 100 meters and 4x100, along with the silver medal in the 200. At St. Bonaventure, Martinos intend to major in education.
COACH BRDARSKI ON ALEXA MARTINOS– "Alexa is the teammate you love to play with, and the opponent you hate to play against. She is one of the toughest competitors we have ever seen and lives on the practice field to get better every day. Her skillset, intensity, and drive will help our program next fall."
Mackenzie Nolan joins the Bonnies from Hilton, N.Y. Nolan is a goalkeeper for Hilton High School and captain of the varsity team. She also played for the Rochester Junior Rhinos, Global Premier Soccer, and the Rochester Lady Lancers. She was part of the Jefferson Cup championship team as well as the GPS Memorial Day Weekend Tournament championship team. Academically, she is a member of the National Honor Society, and she earned the National Chemistry Award and Academic Merit Award. Nolan intends on majoring in pre-medicine.
COACH BRDARSKI ON MACKENZIE NOLAN – "Kenzie is a strong, athletic and fearless goalkeeper. She thrives in high pressure situations, and has a variety of tools within her game. We are excited to work with her as she will only get better because of her attitude and commitment."
Coming to St. Bonaventure from Westlake, Ohio is Lydia Choban. She is an outside forward for Westlake High School where she finished her career with five goals and 12 assists. Choban was named Defensive MVP, Scholar Athlete, All-Greater Cleveland Second Team and Academic Team, Second Team All-Conference, and Conference Honorable Mention. She also played on the Internationals Soccer Club and was an ODP regional player for two years, made the ODP national player pool, and played in the ECNL for seven years. Choban is planning on majoring in biology at St. Bonaventure.
COACH BRDARSKI ON LYDIA CHOBAN – "Lydia is relentless in her work ethic, and it shows in her ability to help the team anywhere on the field. She never stops moving, and her energy will be a great asset to our program. She will impact our team because she has the skill set to play so many different roles for us."
Lizzie Bebie joins the Bonnies from Westlake, Ohio and is a center midfielder for Magnificat High School. A team captain, she finished this season with five goals for the Blue Streaks. Bebie was a GCSAA Honorable Mention and played for the Cleveland Futbol Club. At St. Bonaventure, she plans on majoring in health science.
COACH BRDARSKI ON LIZZIE BEBIE – "Lizzie has the fight, confidence, and aspirations to push herself and her teammates. She is a center midfielder that will do all the little things on the field that make a big difference for a team. Lizzie will only get better at Bonas, and we look forward to being a part of that process."
The Bonnies are replacing eight graduates from the Class of 2020.
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