KENT, Ohio – The Kent State soccer team will welcome a new class of eight incoming freshmen for the upcoming 2022 fall season as the Flashes look to build off of an appearance in the 2021 Mid-American Conference Championship game.
With the majority of a stout backline returning for the new campaign, this incoming class features three natural forwards and four midfielders that should help add a spark to an already potent Golden Flash Attack.
“We are excited to have this class join us,” Kent State head coach Rob Marinaro said. “It is a wonderful group of student-athletes that know how to be successful on and off the field. We can’t wait to get started with them and see their impact on the Kent State Family.”
Mary Kate Lape- Forward
As a forward for both Connellsville High School and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Lape has been touted as a high-energy athlete throughout the recruiting process. She was named to the Academy Select and ODP State Teams and was selected nationally for the 2018 USL Experience with the Phoenix Rising FC as a freshman, while also earning a US Soccer Training invite. Lape was also a four-time All-County and four-time All-Section selection during her high school career.
Jillian Marvin- Outside Forward / Back
During her time as a four-year starter, Marvin impressed as a versatile athlete all over the pitch. She earned All-Section WPIAL Big 5-6A All-Conference honors and was named on the “Observer-Reporter All-American Watchlist. Marvin was also named as a top-30 player in the Mid America Conference as a team captain for the Beadling Soccer Club. She tallied 45 goals and 35 assists throughout her high school career and will pursue a degree in Nursing at Kent State.
Katerina Kostouros- Midfielder
Cave Creek, Arizona
As a four-year starter and letter winner at Cactus Shadows High School, Kostouros was named to the Arizona All-Region First Team and earned Offensive Player of the Year honors during her senior campaign. She racked up 25 goals and 23 assists during her tenure as a Falcon, adding valuable experience to her resume as a member of the SC Del Sol Girls Academy Club team where she was named to the Arizona ODP West Region Team. Kostouros will be pursuing a major in Fashion Design while attending Kent State.
Julia Kempf- Midfielder
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Kempf started her career at Vernon Hills High School with a bang and never looked back, leading her team with 12 goals in her freshman season and leaving with the single-season assist record at 16. She was also a vital piece of the Chicago FC United club team where she became a two-time State Cup Champion and a 2022 USYS National Championship Qualifier. Kempf also maintained her spot as a member of the National Honors Society and became a recipient of the Seal of Biliteracy. During her time in the blue and gold, she will pursue a degree in Secondary Math Education.
Kelsey Salopek- Midfielder
Salopek wreaked havoc on opposing defenses during her time at Steel Valley High School, scoring 117 goals and assisting on 72 more from her spot in the midfield. Her service gained her the titles of both Moe Rosensteel and Post-Gazette Player of the Year. The former member of the Tribune FAB 15 Team also lent her services to the Century FC club team, and the National Honors Society Member will pursue a major in Nursing while at Kent State.
Taylor English- Midfielder
An Oswego East High School Product, English was a member of her varsity team in both her freshman and senior years while also playing for the Sockers FC Chicago club team. English helped the Sockers to a 2017 Midwest Championship, and the team was a finalist for the 2017 National Championship. She was a member of the High Honor Roll in all eight semesters, and both an AP and Illinois Scholar. While at Kent State Taylor plans to major in Interior Design.
Abby Breitschuh- Centerback / Outside Back
Rochester Hills, Michigan
As a member of the Nationals Girls Academy club club, Breitschuh helped her squad win a GA National Championship in 2021, the crowning achievement of a great club career. The lone defender of this year’s signing class was a talented multi-sport athlete, playing soccer and basketball for Rochester High School in Michigan, and winning a league championship on the hardwood for the Falcons in 2021-22. Breitschuh will major in Marketing and Advertising while playing for the Flashes.
Bella DaPra- Midfielder
Another Pennsylvania product, DePra spent her high school career playing for the Century United club team as well as Canon-McMillan High School. She was named to the ODP All-Region team twice, making the IMG Select Team and receiving an invitation to the National Training Center. DaPra will major in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing during her time at Kent State.