MORGANTOWN—WVU women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has announced the additions of Emilie Charles (Huntington, WV) and Jessica Kasacek (Canterbury, CT) for the 2020 season.
Charles, a two-time West Virginia Girls Soccer Player of the Year, comes to WVU after playing for head coach Andy Wilson at Cabell Midland High School. The forward scored 173 career goals for the Knights, a new West Virginia state record. She became the first female soccer player to earn All-State/All-American honors following her junior season. She was also named the West Virginia Girls Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year and was a Heisman High School finalist after leading the Knights to an 18-5-1 record and the Class AAA State Championship in 2018.
A four-time 1st-Team All-State and two-time West Virginia Sports Writers Player of the Year honoree, Charles broke the West Virginia state record for the most goals scored in a single season last year, after netting 51 goals in 19 games. Charles has been named as the Salutatorian for her senior class and earned WVU’s Bucklew Scholarship, an award given to 20 high-achieving West Virginia students that have been accepted to the university.
Kasacek, a goalkeeper, played three seasons at Oakwood Soccer Club in Glastonburg, CT, where she started 19 matches for the club’s U-18/19 squad and 32 matches for the U-16/17 program. She earned a clean sheet in all 14 starts during the 2019-20 season. She also helped Woodstock Academy to an appearance in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class L State Tournament during her freshman season.
A member of the National Honor Society, Kasacek is scheduled to graduate from Woodstock in May and plans to major in exercise physiology at WVU.