Feb. 13, 2004
WASHINGTON - American University women's soccer head coach Mike Brady on Friday announced two student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play with the Eagles. Defender Jessica Buquicchio (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside) and defender/midfielder Alyssa Clemente (Livingston, N.J./Newark Academy) will join the Eagles as part of the Class of 2008. Buquicchio is a captain for her club team, Albertson Express, and led her squad to New York State Cup Championships in 2002 and 2003. In addition, she was a three-year varsity starter and earned the Nassau County All-Class Award in her sophomore (2001-02) and senior (2003-04) seasons. Buquicchio also was a member of the Long Island Select squad for one season. "We are really excited to have Jessica as part of our incoming class. She is a fierce defender who is very athletic and also has a tremendous amount of experience," Brady said. "I look for her to compete for playing time right away." Clemente is a highly decorated and versatile athlete. She was named All-State in 2002 and 2003 by the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association, All-State Prep in 2001, 2002 and 2003 by the New Jersey Independent Scholastic Athletic Association and All-County by the NJGSCA for four consecutive seasons. The New Jersey Star-Ledger named her All-County in 2003, and her conference selected her as All-Conference in each of her four years of high school. Furthermore, her team, which she captained in 2003 and helped lead to conference and sectional titles in 2002, named her Most Valuable Player in her senior season. Clemente also played for the Hanover Extreme, a club team that earned rankings as high as fourth in the region. "Alyssa comes to American from a strong club program and has participated at the highest level of youth soccer for the past few years. She has solid technique, good skills and brings some much-needed pace to our squad," Brady said, adding, "We are confident that she will come in and have an immediate impact on our program." The 2004 Eagles will open their season with a home contest against Mount St. Mary's on Aug. 31, beginning at 4 p.m.