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2 Mohigans soccer standouts choose their colleges

Created on:   Wed, Feb 7, 2018   9:36 PM

Last modified:   Wed, Feb 7, 2018   9:36 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — “This is one of those check-off-the-list days,” Morgantown athletic director John Bowers said as he welcomed those gathered to the MHS signing day ceremony Feb. 7. “This is one of those scrapbook days.”

It’s hard to tell whether or not Morgantown senior Elijah Borneo will open a scrapbook to the picture of his signing day when he’s 70 years old, but he most certainly was smiling as he put ink to his letter of intent.

“It feels good, now I know I’m actually committed somewhere,” Borneo said. “I don’t have to worry about it anymore.”

Borneo found a new home in Lexington, Ky., where he will be a part of the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s soccer program. It was the culmination of a year-long search that began his junior year of high school. The final decision, according to Borneo, was made due to the school’s similarities in size and atmosphere to WVU, which he grew up around and provided a sort of model in what Borneo wanted in a school.

“I had a lot of schools offer, but I picked Kentucky because it was a bigger school, like WVU,” Borneo said. “I wanted something like we have here, but I wanted to go out of state.”

Borneo is no stranger to the high level of competition he’ll see in Lexington, though. He opted out of his senior year on the pitch with the Mohigans in favor of competing for the Columbus (Ohio) Crew 18/19-under developmental squad, where he saw action in nine games as a defender, including four as a starter.

“We would go up there and train, and we had our own coach dedicated to us, and we would travel to play,” Borneo said. “It was like a professional environment, trying to prepare us for the next level.”

Borneo was not the only MHS soccer star to sign a letter of intent Wednesday. He was joined by Aspen Anderson, a two-year captain on the girls’ squad. Anderson will attend Dominican, an NCAA Division III school in Illinois.

“It’s about 20 minutes outside of Chicago, and I really like Chicago, so I was looking at a lot of schools close to there,” Anderson said.

She attended a soccer camp near Chicago, which is where Dominican first found her. The school expressed interest in bringing Anderson aboard, and arranged for a recruiting visit.

“I went to the campus for a visit, and it felt right, so I committed,” she said.

Anderson, a second-team Class AAA all-state and Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) first-team selection, was a pivotal member of the team at MHS these past four years,

“I came in and started as a freshman, and I was a captain for two years, and I made my impact on the team,” Anderson said. “Our team was more like a family, and it was a great experience. My high school career was very good to me.”

Anderson said she will miss her teammates at MHS, but is excited for new beginnings and to make new bonds on the pitch at Dominican.

“I’m excited for my new team. The school’s kind of small, and it’s a nice little community. I think I’ll fit in well there.”