A year ago Kayla Saager was in upstate New York preparing for her senior season at Binghamton University.
This year, the East Islip native is turning pro and will play with 1.FC Slovacko of the Czech Republic First Division. News of Saager signing her professional contract with the Eastern European team was announced through the Binghamton Women’s Soccer Twitter account.
“I’m so excited to get started on my professional career,” Saager said in a statement released on Twitter. “Many thanks to my amazing coaches and teammates at Binghamton who prepared me for this moment. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.”
In 2018, the East Islip High School graduate finished her college career by spending two seasons at Binghamton. She started in 36 of her 37 appearances for the Bearcats scoring 22 goals and adding 12 assists. She received a host of accolades during her time at Binghamton and was named America East Striker of the Year in 2017.
Her two seasons at Binghamton were a testament to her perseverance. Dating back to her youth playing days on Long Island, Saager has had to overcome a host of knee injuries including a torn ACL and torn meniscus. However, she stayed healthy during her two years with the Bearcats.