Vestal's McKnight Twins and Kaitlyn Cook Sign NLIsPosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - With Wednesday being the National Letter of Intent early signing period, Section IV female athletes made their decisions official with a signature. Although Vestal girl's soccer teams historic season ended with tears after falling short in the state semi-final game, cheers were shared today as three Vestal seniors signed their National Letter of Intent to play soccer at the Division I level.
Olivia and Victoria led the team as captains for two years and put up almost identical numbers throughout their four years at Vestal, becoming starters in their Sophomore season. Victoria finished with 63 goals, 32 assists and Olivia finished with 64 goals, 22 assists. Victoria was selected to the All-State second team in 2017.
The McKnight twins will continue to play side by side as they bring their talents down the road to Binghamton University. Olivia and Victoria will follow in the same footsteps as their older brothers Connor and Parker who play for Binghamton University Men's soccer team.
"This is a dream. We know where each other are going to be and we know each others style of play, so we knew we wanted to play together, play for each other" said Victoria.
"It means so much that I can go to the same college my brothers are at, play in front of my home town and play with my sisters, we've been doing it since we were kids, so this has been a dream." said Olivia.
Senior defenseman Kaitlyn Cooke will be taking her talents to the Division I level as well, attending Manhattan College in the Fall of 2019. Cooke led the team as a captain for three years and as a starter for four. The senior finished her career with 12 goals, a three-year STAC All-Star and was named to the All-State Third Team in 2017.
"It feels amazing. I've worked my entire life for this so to actually be signing today is a dream come true" said Cooke.
Cooke verbally committed to Manhattan College over a year ago but expressed how putting the pen to paper allowed it to feel a lot more real today.
"I loved everything about the school. The location, program, atmosphere and I really saw myself there when I first visited."
This season, all three seniors led the Golden Bears to win their first state regional game, in thirty years.