Women's Soccer - Sat, Jun. 17, 2017
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(June 17, 2017 - Howell, Mich.) -- After a record-setting season for wins and their first-ever postseason tournament bid, the Cleary women's soccer team had already secured a steady and talented group of freshmen for the 2017 campaign. Head coach Brianna Clodgio added the final piece with the signing of versatile Annabelle O'Neil, who played defense and midfield at Port Huron High School. 

"I was fortunate enough to have played against Annabelle's coach at Port Huron (Mary Roman)," Clodgio said. "Mary tipped me off to an excellent defender on her team with great skill and speed who has the ability to carry up the field from the back. Not only is Annabelle able to accomplish all of these things, she is also an excellent tackler. I'm very excited she has committed to joining our team."

O'Neil played four years of varsity soccer having played for not only Port Huron but also Cardinal Mooney High School before transferring. In addition to her prep career on the pitch, O'Neil played two years of volleyball and a year of cheerleading while also showing her acumen in the classroom. O'Neil has received President's Awards for both her academic and athletic success as well as being a member of the Honor Roll and an Advancement Placement scholar. O'Neil, a member of the National Honor Society, has already earned college credit through Blue Water Middle College where she earned placement on the St. Clair County Community College Dean's List. 

Due to the small class size, O'Neil felt that the teacher to student ratio would allow her to be more successful academically. Additionally, O'Neil was attracted to the Cleary campus as well as the opportunity to continue her soccer career.