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Favret chooses Elon University

February 04, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

After making the six-hour trip to Elon University in Elon, N.C., Smithsburg senior Emily Favret needed only a fraction of that time to know that she wanted to play for the Phoenix.

Favret made it official Thursday, signing a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I women's soccer at Elon, beginning this fall.

"I went there and watched them play and I liked what I saw," Favret said. "The girls on the team had great athleticism and played very hard. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of."

Favret will join a Phoenix squad that had a 5-12-1 record last season but won four of its last six contests, leaving optimism for future success.

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"I'm confident with the girls that are coming back and I think the new recruits coming in will add quality depth," she said. "I'm ready to play any role that they need me to. Hopefully we can all make a difference."

Favret started turning the heads of Elon recruiters at a college showcase last summer that featured players from all over the country.

She was being recruited at the midfield and forward positions, despite starring as a defender last season in helping Smithsburg win the Maryland Class 1A West title.

Prior to her senior season with the Leopards, Favret spent three falls at St. Maria Goretti in an offensive role.

"Before coming to Smithsburg, I was pretty much only comfortable playing offense. But once I got used to it, it didn't really matter," Favret said. "Now I don't even have a preference. I just want to go there and play and help them win."

Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said he will miss the versatility and leadership Favret brought to the Leopards.

"She has really just been a tremendous asset to our program," Fowkes said. "As a captain in her first year, she showed a lot. She is a great leader on and off the field.

"She filled a big void by stepping from an offensive position to more of a fullback, but she has the athletic ability to play just about anywhere out there."

Favret, who plans to major in corporate communications, lettered in each of her four years in soccer. She was a 2004 All-Area second-team selection and twice earned All-Washington County first-team honors.

"I'm going to miss all my teammates and everything here, but I'm looking forward to playing there," Favret said. "At Elon it's pretty close-knit, like a family, and I think it will be easy to get to know people."

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