High school sports: Central Square football teammates simultaneously sign national letters of intent | Oswego County

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CENTRAL SQUARE – For their final act together as soccer teammates, Emma Herrmann and Cora Keohane simultaneously signed their National Letters of Intent to play the sport in college on November 18 at the Paul V High School gymnasium. Moore.

Senior Central Square personalities over the past three seasons, whose connection began years earlier as club football teammates in college, each formalized their college commitments in a social distancing signing ceremony with their respective family members and Redhawks coach Angelo Carroccio on hand to testify.

Keohane has signed on to play for Division I Siena College while Herrmann will play for Division III power, Messiah College, which won the 2019 National Championship. The duo recently completed their final season together on the pitch, helping Central Square to an overall record of 7-4-2 in a condensed campaign due to COVID-19.

“We’re just grateful for the opportunity to come to the school and sign,” Herrmann said. “Cora and I have grown up playing soccer together since grade six, so being able to do it together in front of the family, with a close friend and a great coach is just special.”

Each player was seated on the sidelines behind a table on center court with family members standing with them as they put pen to paper and signed up to play for their respective colleges next fall. Herrmann and Keohane then briefly posed for photos.

“It was great coming back to school and signing in front of her family, and Emma has been a really good friend to me,” said Keohane. “We always pushed each other to do our best, during the high school season we were always there for each other and we kind of grew up together playing soccer, so being able to do it together is really. special.”

Herrmann made a verbal commitment to Messiah last February while Keohane made his decision to join Siena in May. Each player was able to visit the campus and spend the night with their respective teams before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Is a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference and finished with a 22-1-3 record to win the 2019 NCAA Division III title as its fall 2020 season was canceled. The Falcons, who are coached by Scott Frey, have won six national championships and reached the Final Four 13 times since 2002.

Siena in Loudonville just completed a 4-11-4 season in 2019, with its fall 2020 season also being canceled due to COVID-19. Keohane is the first member of the incoming recruiting class to sign for coach Steve Karbowski, according to the team’s website. The Saints participate in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Herrmann and Keohane are eager to make their college dreams come true, but were also grateful that they had the chance to end their careers together at the Central Square field last fall, while nearly half of the school districts in Section 3 have chosen to postpone their football seasons.

Herrmann was voted the Salt City Athletic Conference Empire Division Player of the Year by league coaches, while she and Keohane were each selected to the league’s first team. Herrmann finished with 20 goals and 10 assists while Keohane recorded 10 goals and 13 assists, accumulating 75% of the Redhawks’ goal production.

“To be able to play when so many other seniors haven’t been able to have a season, it just means a lot more,” Herrmann said. “Every day we kind of treated him like our last, being seniors and with COVID, so just being able to be with close friends and teammates, and in a team where we like to play with each other, that is. ‘was a special season. “

Keohane added, “We kind of went out there every day to have fun and train hard, and we tried to make every day count, to train the hardest, because we never knew whether the season would end because of COVID or what would happen with it. “

The Redhawks have posted a combined 35-11-3 record in their three seasons with Keohane and Herrmann in the lineup together after the latter was transferred to the Carthage District.

This includes two of the most successful campaigns in the program’s 49-year history. Last fall, Central Square finished 16-2-1 to reach their first Section 3 championship game while setting a new record of wins on the program. Both players won Class A honors in all states in 2019.

The previous season in 2018, Herrmann and Keohane helped lead the Redhawks to a 12-5 mark for their best record in a decade so far. The duo first met while playing club football and bonded around their shared passion for the sport and their desire to play in college.

They each have gained valuable off-season experience and collegial exposure over the past few years as members of the Syracuse Development Academy Travel Team.

“It’s kind of like the icing on the cake,” Herrmann said of the combined collegiate signing. “We grew up and pushed each other, we put in so many hours improving ourselves. The senior season was not what we expected, but I think every day we were still trying to push each other, so being able to share that experience together was special.

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