2014 Class Brings Diverse Athletic Backgrounds from Across the Country to Illinois
2013-14 Gatorade Ohio Girls Soccer Player of the Year ... NSCAA All-American ... Led the Cleveland United Soccer Club to the U.S. youth soccer national championship ... Scored the golden goal in double overtime to beat Match Fit Chelsea Beat (NJ), 2-1, and earned Top 11 honors as one of the top 11 players at nationals ... Club team also took third at nationals in 2012 ... Led the Rocky River Pirates to a 22-0-1 record and their first-ever state championship in 2013 ... Scored the game-winning goal and recorded an assist in the 3-1 state title game victory over Granville as a senior ... Notched a school-record 43 goals and 19 assists during her senior season and finished her career with 108 goals and 49 assists ... Earned the OSSCA Miss Soccer Award, the Division II Player of the Year honors and the cleveland.com Girls Soccer Player of the Year award ... First-team OSSCA all-state selection in 2013 ... Earned varsity letters during all four years and was the West Shore Conference MVP as a senior ... Was on the honor roll all four years.
Full name is Sydney Abigail Elinsky ... Goes by Abby ... Born Jan. 8, 1996 ... Parents are Greg and Renee Elinsky ... Has three siblings, Nick, Anna and Giovanni ... Father, Greg, was a wrestler at Penn State ... Uncle, Mike, was a wrestler and Auburn and North Carolina ... Enrolled in the Division of General Studies ... Hobbies outside of soccer include tennis, skiing, ice skating, yoga, running, lifting, eating and napping ... Her dad most influenced her athletic career because as an athlete himself, he is very helpful and supportive with my soccer career and reminds me that I can do whatever I set my mind to and working hard at everything you do is important to be successful.