Sophia Recupero (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Caitlin Mara (Winchester, Mass.) have gotten quite accustomed to seeing each other on the soccer field in the same uniform.
Recupero, a Class of 2024 forward, and Mara, a Class of 2024 center back, are teammates and juniors at Buckingham Browne & Nichols and for FC Stars Blue ECNL.
But in less than two years, they’ll be Division 1 college opponents and on opposite sides of one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.
Recupero recently committed to Duke University, while Mara committed to the University of North Carolina after making an official visit last week. Duke (10-3) is currently ranked No. 7 in the country, while UNC (11-3) is ranked No. 5. The two powerhouse ACC schools are famously only separated by roughly 10 miles.