1/18/2011—Sinead Farrelly enjoyed a very successful youth career with the Spirit United Gaels. The Gaels, coached by Sean McCafferty, won the EPYSA (Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer) State Cup twice, the Region 1 Championship twice, and were United States Youth Soccer National Finalists in 2006. With many of the Gaels, Sinead participated in the EPYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP). She is a veteran member of the Region 1 ODP team, and played for the United States Youth National Teams at 15, 16, 17, and 20 years old. She is currently a member of the U.S. U-23 Women’s Team.
During August 2007, Sinead and many of her teammates packed their bags and headed off to college to start another chapter in their lives. Some of the girls chose not to play college soccer. Others had hopes of successful careers at Division I colleges. All of the girls had their sights set on a good education and chose colleges like Princeton, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest to name just a few. Sinead chose the University of VA (UVA).
Once settled at UVA, Sinead’s game continued to grow and develop. She was a four year starter and over her four year career, she excelled and won too many awards to mention them each individually here*. Her freshman year she made the ACC All-Freshman Team and First Team All-ACC along with Soccer America Freshman All-America Team. As a sophomore, she was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team and First Team All-ACC. Junior year, she was an ACC player of the week, First Team All-ACC, a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, and an NSCAA All-American. Accolades continue for Sinead after completing her senior season. Sinead was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-ACC, NSCAA All-America, and was a Hermann Trophy Finalist.
Those who have followed Sinead’s career know she’s humble and shows up to work and prepare. It’s no surprise that her career is going to continue with Womens Professional Soccer (WPS). On Friday, January 14th, Sinead was chosen by the Philadelphia Independence team as the second pick, of the first round, in the WPS draft. Sinead will return to Downingtown this spring to train on the fields she played on during her youth years. This time, she’ll be a professional. Sinead joins Becky Edwards, Malori Lofton-Malachi, Maura Ryan and Jillian Hutchinson as the fifth player from West Chester SC and Spirit United SC, currently Penn Fusion Soccer Academy, to join the professional ranks in the last 2 years. Congratulations Sinead.
*To read more about Sinead, please visit the UVA website: http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=92059&SPID=10614&DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1138525&Q_SEASON=2010