Cole to continue soccer career at Kutztown
Emmaus High School senior girls soccer player Sydney Cole helped lead the Green Hornets to one of their best seasons this decade last fall during the 2019 season. Emmaus finished with a 16-5-1 overall record and qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 4A tournaments, making an appearance in the EPC championship game and falling to eventual district champion Freedom in the quarterfinals round.
“My senior year was the best one yet,” Cole said. “Our entire team was close and confident in each other, and it showed on the field. We held each other accountable and pushed ourselves to have the season we did. I believe that we were extremely successful, even though our postseason didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.”
Cole will now look to continue her success at the collegiate level as she recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Kutztown University of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. She will join a Golden Bears program that has been nationally ranked in each of the last 12 seasons. Kutztown has won 10 or more games in 18 straight seasons and reached the NCAA Final Four in 2016, while ascending to No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches National Poll for first time in program history during the 2017 season.
“I chose Kutztown because being on campus just felt like home,” said Cole. “I could 100 percent see myself going to school there, and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. The girls on the team and coach [Erik] Burstein all seemed so committed to the game and to each other. I wanted to be a part of something like that.”
Cole was a hybrid player that spent time as a forward and a midfielder. She finished last fall with two goals and an assist.
“Some of my strengths that I think I bring to KU is my technicality on the ball as well as anticipating what my teammates are going to do before I pass them the ball,” Cole said. “I also think I run to space and put my teammates in a position to get a good shot on goal.”
Being a student-athlete at Emmaus, also a lacrosse player, gave Cole many life lessons to prepare her for the next step in life, one she will be ready for.
“Playing for Emmaus meant everything to me,” said Cole. “I loved it. It motivated me to work hard everyday for my teammates and for myself. Playing for Emmaus taught me to set goals and to work towards them. This all prepared me for college because of my work rate and my mindset going forward.”