Women’s Soccer Welcomes 14 Recruits To 2019 Team

Penn State Brandywine women's soccer team
Penn State Brandywine women's soccer team

MEDIA, Pa. -- Fourteen recruited student-athletes will join the Penn State Brandywine women's soccer team this fall as second-year head coach Elise Pratt announced the Lions' class of 2023 on Tuesday.

Brandywine is coming off the most successful season during its short, four-year history after finishing the year as the runner-up at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship. Entering 2019, Brandywine has also won 27-straight matches against conference opponents and three consecutive Penn State University Athletic Conference championships.

Below is a look at Brandywine's 14 newcomers:

Amanda Bernens
Newark, Del. | Alexis I. DuPont High School

A four-year member of the Alexis I. DuPont soccer team, Bernens earned Second Team All-Blue Hen Conference as a senior. She was a three-year team captain.

Taniar Combs
Folcroft, Pa. | Academy Park High School

Combs competed in both varsity soccer and track at Academy Park High School.

Gabby DiBernardino
Aston, Pa. | Sun Valley High School

A four-sport athlete at Sun Valley High School, DiBernardino earned two varsity letters in soccer and track and field. An honor roll student, she also played one year of lacrosse and one season of softball.

Demareste Dorvilma
Carteret, N.J. | Carteret High School

Dorvilma played varsity soccer at Carteret High School in New Jersey where she was named team MVP and received the Benjamin Zusman Sportsmanship Award. Dorvilma was also the school's nominee for New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Woman of the Year.

Samantha Gostanian
Allen, Texas | Allen High School

Gostanian comes to Brandywine all of the way from Texas where she has 12 years of soccer playing experience.

Alyssa Hanrahan
Clifton Heights, Pa. | Upper Darby High School

Hanrahan earned four varsity soccer letters at Upper Darby High School. A team captain, she received the Coach's Award and was named team MVP as a senior. Hanrahan was also a distinguished honor roll student.

Jaime Heavlow
Galena, Md. | Kent County High School

Heavlow earned five varsity letters at Kent County High School, playing four years of varsity soccer and one season of varsity softball. She earned the Coach's Choice Award in soccer, while being named MVP of the softball team.

Ilycia Perez
Dover, Del. | Dover High School

Perez comes to Brandywine following four years on the varsity soccer team at Dover High School. She received the fourth-year varsity award and was also named MVP of her club team.

Cayla Pun
Glen Mills, Pa. | Garnet Valley High School

Pun was member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Honor Society at Garnet Valley. She competed for the cross country and track and field teams.

Ziara Rutledge
Philadelphia, Pa. | Mercy Career & Technical High School

Rutledge played soccer for four years at Mercy Career & Technical High School where she was a team captain.

Elisse Voysest
Washington, D.C. | Academy of the Holy Cross

Voysest was a three-sport athlete at the Academy of the Holy Cross, competing on the soccer, softball and indoor track & field teams. She played her club soccer for D.C. Stoddert Soccer Club, which she helped to a No. 18 ranking in the state of Virginia after winning the Columbia Fall Classic and finishing as the runner up in the Columbia Invitational.

T'Anna-Jay Whitmore
Philadelphia, Pa. | Abraham Lincoln High School

Whitmore spent her final two years of high school playing varsity soccer at Abraham Lincoln High School. Prior to that, she was named Public School Athletic League Player of the Month and Team MVP during the 2016 season when she competed at Campus Magnet High School in New York City.

Bryonna Worthy
Old Bridge, N.J. | The Hun School of Princeton

A high-scoring forward and midfielder at the Hun School of Princeton, Worthy completed her scholastic playing career with 48 career goals. She was a three-time All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League honorable mention selection.

Nicole Zuppo
Garnet Valley, Pa. | Garnet Valley High School

Zuppo competed for FC Continental in the Elite Club National League circuit during her senior year of high school and in the National Premier League as a junior. An honor student at Garnet Valley, Zuppo was a peer counselor and also a varsity member of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams for three years.

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