New Trier soccer

New Trier junior Kelly Maday. (Photo for the Tribune / Mike Helfgot / August 5, 2014)

Forward Kelly Maday, goalkeeper Dani Kaufman and midfielder Bina Saipi contributed to New Trier's Class 3A soccer state championship in June.

They were all sophomores, and with two years of high school remaining, all three made Division I college commitments in July.

The high-scoring Maday chose Illinois, while Kaufman decided on Maryland and Saipi committed to DePaul.

All three played this summer for Northbrook-based FC United select under-16 team, which reached the semifinals of club nationals in Maryland.

"What I love about all three of their decisions is they were soccer- and person-oriented," New Trier coach Jim Burnside said.

Maday, whose 19 goals and 22 assists included the lone tally in the Trevians' 1-0 victory against Waubonsie Valley in the state semifinals, could be in line for early playing time at Illinois, Burnside said.

"She does some things you can't teach," he said. "She's explosively fast, reads the game well, is as dynamic as all get out. As a college player, she will have an immediate impact. She has lot of learning to do, but she has that talent. She made a great decision for herself and her family."

If location were a factor for Maday, it was even more so for Saipi, who posted five goals and seven assists as a sophomore.

"She wanted to stay close to her family," Burnside said. "The choice of DePaul is perfect for her. A highly competitive program, great coaching, and she gets to stay close to home so her family can see her. She has great potential. She has barely scratched the surface on what she can do."

Kaufman emerged as one of the state's top goalies in the spring. She recorded shutouts in all seven postseason games and ended the season with a shutout streak of 11.

"Maryland is a great decision for her with them moving into the Big Ten," Burnside said. "She has always wanted to be a part of a Big Ten program. She has already proven to be an elite goalie, and she is pushing to become one of the best we've had come through here."

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