Two Strongsville High School students are being recognized for their accomplishments on the soccer field, as seniors Vanessa DiNardo and Lauren Rakytiak have been named All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches Association.
The two girls are the 13th and 14th players in Lady Mustangs history to be named All-Americans. This is also the first time the team has had two players earn the honor in the same year.
DiNardo, a four-year letter winner with 65 career goals, earned numerous awards for her outstanding play in 2017, including the Ohio Division I Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She led the Lady Mustangs to the Regional Finals of the D-I state playoffs, and will be continuing her soccer career at the University of Cincinnati next fall.
Not to be outdone, Rakytiak's honor makes her just the second player in program history to twice be recognized as an All-American. She previously was named Greater Cleveland Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2016, and will be joining the Kent State Women's Soccer team.
Both girls, who came up through the Strongsville youth soccer program, were four-year letter winners and also earned All-Ohio First Team honors. They will be recognized next month at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Pennsylvania.