DURHAM, N.C.— Duke women's soccer program will welcome another standout recruiting class to the mix in 2017 as head coach Robbie Church and his staff landed the No. 5 overall class. During the spring and summer, GoDuke.com will spotlight each of the eight newcomers.
The third rookie that will be spotlighted is Caitlin Cosme, who is a 5-5 forward/defender from New Hyde Park, N.Y. The Herricks H.S. product is the No. 32 ranked player in the 2017 class and the No. 5 defender overall. She was an All-America and Conference Player of the Year as a senior, after totaling 11 goals and three assists.
Get to Know Cosme --
What do you enjoy most about playing soccer?
Soccer allowed me to broaden my horizons. I have been to so many amazing places and have met such amazing people from playing soccer including some of my best friends.
What age did you start playing soccer?
8 years old
What are some of the strengths of your soccer game?
My competitiveness, leadership and drive to make myself better every time I step on a field
When/why did you decide soccer was going to be your sport you concentrated on?
I loved my coaches and team which made me want to continue to grow as a soccer player
What are you most looking forward to when you arrive on campus at Duke?
I am most looking forward to getting to know my new teammates and coaches and making new friends. I am also looking forward to all of the opportunities Duke has to offer academically.
Who has had the greatest influence on your game?
Definitely all of the coaches I have ever had the pleasure to work with and the girls on my team who have helped me succeed. Some of these coaches include Danny Leon, Jairo and Johnny Navas, Paul Riley, Aaron Heffernan and Izzy Cotto
What are you doing this summer?
This summer I am really just focused on training, working on my fitness and playing as many games as I can to be ready to go when preseason comes around.
What do most people don't know about you?
I'm not sure because I am very open for the most part. I think if you didn't know me you wouldn't know that I am half Puerto Rican and half Indian or that my mom owns a tennis club.
Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams
Biggest Thrill in Sports: Winning
Goals Upon Graduation: Going to playoffs with my club team and playing for the National Championship
Hobbies: Tennis, watching Netflix, eating really good food, cooking
Other sports you played growing up: Tennis
Relatives involved in athletics: Both of my parents played tennis professionally and my sister plays on Brown University's tennis team
Favorite soccer player to watch: Gabi Brummett
Favorite club: FC Barcelona
Favorite dessert: ICE CREAM!!
Favorite type of music: Hip Hop/Rap