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Edwards Twins, Casola Commit to Playing Soccer in College
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Though Sara Edwards, Erin Edwards and Kylee Casola are advancing their soccer careers, the three seniors won't soon forget their contributions to Upper Perkiomen's run to the PIAA Class 3A title game. Getting there meant more than words can describe, according to Erin Edwards.

            "It was so special," she wrote in a text message. "The whole team put in so much hard work. That's what I'll remember."

            Erin's identical sister Sara, who set a school scoring record, has committed to play at Millersville University. Erin Edwards, a key defensive player, will attend Wilkes University. Casola has committed to play at North Carolina Wesleyan University, a Division III school located in Rocky Mount, N.C.

            The Edwards sisters, who live in East Greenville, displayed unusual durability during their high school careers. Each only missed one game over four seasons, according to head coach Mike Freed.

            Casola played two years of varsity for the Tribe. The Green Lane resident contributed off the bench at midfield and on defense.

            Sara Edwards – who also considered Long Island University, Thomas Jefferson University and The University of Scranton – will major in English education at Millersville. She chose to play for the Marauders due to the team culture, head coach Matt Procopio and the campus environment.

            "I hope to get a good amount so I am able to contribute to the team's success because I am ready to work hard," she wrote in a series of text messages.

             The forward ended her high school career as the number two girls scorer in school history with 62 goals and 26 assists. Last fall, her 36 goals set the record for most in a season.

            "The record is very significant to me," Sara Edwards wrote, also crediting teammates who forced her to step up her game. "This makes me want to go into college with more to improve on and being coached by a new coach I hope to get done what I was able to in high school."

            Sara Edwards possesses the ideal mentality for a striker, according to Freed. He said the coaching staff initially noticed her fearlessness about taking a shot from all over the field during her junior season.

            "Sara has the perfect mentality of a forward," the coach said. "I don't care how many shots she might miss. She's always willing to take the next one. It's a mentality I wish I could bottle."

            Sara Edwards also delivered offensive consistency for the Tribe. She scored in 20 of the team's 27 games.

            "I have always had confidence on the ball and my ability to shoot the ball but I worked hard on my shooting throughout the summer," she wrote.

            Opposing Pioneer Athletic Conference noticed her skills, as well. Sara Edwards and five other teammates earned first-team All-Frontier Division honors.

            Erin Edwards, who also considered attending the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Temple University, will major in business at Wilkes. She described her awareness and passing ability to be the strength of her game, and added that she needs to work on her shooting and her strength.

            "During the season, I think I did a good job bringing ball up the field," wrote Erin Edwards, who finished her career with four goals and 16 assists, including seven as a senior.

            She has solid one-on-one skills, according to Freed. The coach said the defender, who earned second-team All-Frontier Division honors in the fall, is terrific at delivering a crossing pass.

            "Erin is really good at jumping into the attack," Freed said.

            Initially, Casola – who will major in criminal justice at Wesleyan – wasn't planning on continuing her athletic career in college. She was considering enrolling at St. Joseph's University, Bloomsburg, Mansfield, West Chester or Eastern University as a regular student.

            Her plans changed after participating in a tournament a few months ago in Virginia. Casola received a phone call from Bishops head coach Beverly Biancur.

            "It caught me by surprise," Casola said.

            According to Casola, Biancur talked her into remaining in the sport. The player said the potential to travel to Italy during her sophomore season was a key selling point.

            According to Freed, her highlight came during the Pioneer Athletic Conference title game. Casola got significant minutes at central midfield during the second half and overtime of their victory over Owen J. Roberts.

            "Kylee was a great teammate," Freed said of Casola, who scored two goals and five assists during the fall. "One of the nice things about her is that she could be plugged in any place on the field."






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