After landing seven recruits in the early signing period, Nikki Izzo-Brown has rounded out her 2020 class with a pair of new signees for the upcoming season.
The WVU women’s soccer head coach announced the additions of forward Emilie Charles and goalkeeper Jessica Kasacek.
Charles is a much-anticipated recruit for the Mountaineers hailing from the Mountain State. She made a name for herself in 2019 by scoring 51 goals in 19 games — a West Virginia state record — after earning both the state’s Girls Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year and a Group AAA state championship the season before.
The Ona native was named a finalist for the Heisman High School Scholarship and will graduate from Cabell Midland High School as her class’s salutatorian.
“I’m looking forward to Emilie’s arrival on campus,” Izzo-Brown said. “She is an incredibly motivated and hardworking young lady on the field and off of it, so her potential is unlimited. She is a versatile player that can step into multiple positions. I am so happy that such a successful student-athlete will be joining the Mountaineer family.”
Izzo-Brown also adds depth to her squad’s defense with the signing of Kasacek. In her 2019-20 season for Oakwood Soccer Club, she clean sheeted in 14 starts for their u18 squad.
In the classroom, she is a member of the National Honor Society and will graduate from Woodstock Academy in May and plans to major in exercise physiology at WVU.
“We are so excited to welcome Jess to the West Virginia family,” Izzo-Brown said. “She is a great shot blocker that comes to us with a plethora of experience. We are so excited to start working with her and we feel she is an excellent fit for our program. She wanted to be in an environment that she is going to be challenged every day and I love that about her.”