Meg Caro of Centennial signed a letter of intent Friday to attend the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Caro, one of themost highly recruited soccer players in recent years, was given a partial scholarship of $1,500 for her first year.

That amount could rise in subsequent years, depending on how wellshe plays.

Caro, who gave the college a verbal commitment last fall, said she had narrowed the field to William & Mary and Cornell.

"I wanted a good academic school, not just a soccer school," she said.

William & Mary is a Division I soccer power that has ranked among the top 10 teams and received National Collegiate Athletic Association bids every year since 1984.

Soccer is the college's strongestfemale athletic program. The team compiled a 12-8-1 record and won the Northeast Regional championship last fall.

Caro captained the Centennial soccer team her junior and senior years and played varsity for four years.

During that time the Eagles compiled a 49-8-1 record.

Caro, 17, this year was selected All-South and All-State by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer and was an All-Met selection in both the Baltimore and Washington areas.

Other colleges recruited her as well, including Harvard, James Madison, Vanderbilt, Duke and Maryland.

Caro is not the first top-flight soccer player from the county to attend William & Mary.

Sandra Gaskill, a former Atholton star, completed a four-year soccer career last fall by being named first-team All-America.

"We're very pleased to get Meg, because we feel she's in Sandra's category of being a very underrated player as a high school senior," William & Mary coach John Daly said.

She is an aggressive, determined player who hates to lose.

A midfielder for Centennial, at William & Mary she will play defense.

"I'm looking at her to play stopper or a marking back position," said Daly.

Caro will major in either accounting or government and is interested in attending law school after college.

Her athletic talentsalso include tennis, which she played for two years at Centennial.

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