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Women's Recruiting May 16, 2023

Florida Gators sign midfielder Emily Yaple on transfer from Pitt

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida soccer is adding midfielder Emily Yaple (pronounced YAH-pull) to the 2023 Gator roster. Yaple comes to the Gators as a graduate transfer after playing three seasons at Pittsburgh and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“We are thrilled to add Emily to our program,” said Florida head coach Samantha Bohon. “She embodies the student, person, player model at a very high level. We expect Emily to offer valuable experience in our attack and continue to reinforce the competitive atmosphere we’ve built in training. Off the field, Emily has shown a strong commitment to her academic pursuits and will take full advantage of the top 5 education offered at Florida. She’s a great culture addition and we can’t wait for the fall.”

Yaple graduated magna cum laude from Pittsburgh with her bachelor’s degree in marketing in December of 2022. She begins her Sports Management master’s studies at UF in fall of 2023.

She joins 11 other newcomers for the 2023 season. Eight signed with Florida last fall. Two transfers and an early high school graduate joined the Gator team this spring.

Emily Yaple  TW: YapleEmily  IG: @emilyyaple

  • Position: Midfielder
  • High School: Fort LeBoeuf H.S. (Coach: Bryan Kowalczyk)
  • Hometown:  Erie, Pa.
  • Club Team: Western New York Flash: (Coach: Aaran Lines)

At Pittsburgh (2020-22):

  • Scored 10 goals while with Pittsburgh, including standing third among 2021 Panthers with 5 goals and 11 points.
  • Season high three assists as a junior
  • Golden goal in Pitt’s 2021 win at then No. 16 Oklahoma State
  • Bicycle kick goal in 2021 win versus Boston College was No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 plays
  • First collegiate goal was game winner versus Syracuse (Sept. 17, 2020).
  • Pittsburgh advanced to the 2022 NCAA Round of 16 in the program’s first NCAA appearance
  • All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team in 2020, 2021 and 2022

High School:

  • In only season with Fort LeBoeuf High School, set single season goals record (50) in 16 matches during 2019 season
  • Graduated early to enroll at Pittsburgh in spring of 2020
  • Three-year starter at Villa Maria Academy, earning All-District first team honors twice
  • Erie Times-News | Best of Varsity Cup selection each season with Villa Maria


  • U.S. Soccer Market Training Center in 2014 and 2015
  • Three-year member of Olympic Development Program Region One team
  • Also played on Beadling SC for four year, helping team reach Pennsylvania West State Cup Final every year

Yaple’s Career Statistics (at Pittsburgh)

Season GP-GS Min Shots G A Pts
2020 16-16 1,170 40 3 2 8
2021 18-7 881 35 5 1 11
2022 21-5 639 13 2 3 7
Totals 55-28 2,690 88 10 6 26