Rasile overcomes injury, ready to join Pitt
Bethany Rasile didn’t have any worries when she suffered a broken left fibula in July pf 2016 during a high school tournament.
The Niles senior soccer player recovered quickly, with the fracture being to a non-weight bearing bone.
She missed the 2016 Red Dragons girls soccer season, but Rasile was up running and doing other things in October of that year. Rasile returned to Soccer Vision Academy in November and was back in action.
At no time did she worry about the verbal commitment to Pittsburgh that she made in October of 2015. Wednesday, she made things official by signing a National Letter of Intent to the Panthers program.
The nursing major is getting away from the normal offensive position she played with Niles and will go back to a defensive midfielder with the Panthers — a similar spot she played with SVA.
“It’s a lot of fun to play in the offense, but I think the defense has a big responsibility, preventing the goal and everything,” Rasile said. “I have fun doing that.”
It’s a great thing for the Niles program, which has sent players to the collegiate level in recent years. In addition to Rasile, Bella Reigle and Aundrea Scattino are heading to Baldwin-Wallace.
Niles coach Sam Reigle said Scattino missed half of the 2016 season due to an ACL tear, but she was back the next season.
Sam, who played at B-W in the early 1990s, is happy to see his daughter follow in his footsteps. Bella is midfielder, while Scattino is a defender. Sam was a defender as well.
Seeing three go to the next level is great for the Red Dragon youth.
“It’s something for them to aspire and look for in their future, (that they) have a chance to go on and play college soccer at the next level,” Sam Reigle said.
As for Rasile, she’s a all-around athlete who has great vision and the intangibles to excel at the collegiate level. Reigle, who was an assistant at SVA, saw Rasile play defender.
“She’ll be able to be a great one-on-one and team defender,” Reigle said. “She’ll also be able to utilize her talents to make runs out of the back when the time is right to support her team going on the offensive end.
“Bethany has the commitment and dedication to be able to make it happen for herself. When you’re a 4.0 student and do all the little things right, it makes a difference going forward at the next level.”
She’s already met the incoming Pitt class. Now, she has to meet the team goalkeeper.
“I’ll have to make friends pretty quick,” Rasile said.