UAlbany Women's Soccer Adds Nine Newcomers for 2018 Season
ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany women’s soccer head coach Nick Bochette has announced that nine new players will join the team for the 2018 season.
All nine players will be entering their freshman season in 2018. The newcomers include four players each from New York and New Jersey and one from Canada.
“We are eager to welcome the incoming Class of 2022,” said Bochette. “It’s a quality group that we expect to contribute immediately, to add depth at every single position, and to contribute to our culture both on the field and in the classroom.”
Last season, UAlbany won its final three games of the America East season to earn third place in the league, finishing 6-11-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the conference in Bochette’s first season. It is the third straight year that UAlbany earned a top-three seed in the America East Tournament.
“Our staff has gotten to know each of these nine young women and their respective families over the past few years, and we are delighted to officially welcome them into our Great Dane Family,” said Bochette. “We’re excited to work with them both on and off the field, and look forward to integrating them into the fantastic group of upperclassmen who will be returning next year.”
Caitlyn Adams – Midfield – Flemington, N.J. – Hunterdon Central Regional
Adams comes to UAlbany after helping Hunterdon Central to 50 victories in the past three seasons. A defensive midfielder, she earned All-Skyland Conference First Team and all-area team honors, leading the Red Devils to a 2016 state title. She played with the Players Development Academy Soccer Club (PDA).
Chloe Argenziano – Midfield – West Sayville, N.Y. – Sayville
From Long Island comes Argenziano, a three-year varsity soccer player at Sayville. A senior team captain with four goals and four assists, she was a Suffolk County All-League player in 2016 and all-county player in 2017, helping the team to a top-3 league finish as a senior.
Christina Cernuto – Forward – Neshanic Station, N.J. – Somerville
A standout in soccer and basketball at Somerville, Cernuto was one of the top scorers in the state of New Jersey. Finishing her career with 84 goals and 33 assists, including 40 as a senior, she earned all-state, all-conference and all-area honors her final three seasons, also taking FC Copa Academy to a 2017 national title.
Jada Colbert – Midfield – Freehold, N.J. – Freehold Township
Jada Colbert will serve as a Great Dane along with her twin sister Jasmine. Finishing with 104 points in her high school career at Freehold Township, she was a First Team All-State player as a senior and a three-time All A-North First Team player. She played club with FC Copa.
Jasmine Colbert – Forward – Freehold, N.J. – Freehold Township
Jasmine Colbert also comes to UAlbany with her twin sister Jada. She is second all-time in Freehold Township history with 146 points, being a three-time all-state player, including First Team as a senior, and a three-time All A-North First Team player. She also played club ball with FC Copa.
Sami Falkenstein – Midfield – Thornhill, Ontario – Westmount Collegiate Institute
Falkenstein joins fellow Canadians Hailey Summers and Miranda Badovinac on UAlbany. A multi-sport athlete in soccer, tennis, basketball and softball, she was a two-time team MVP for soccer, finishing with 17 goals combined in her final year at Westmount Collegiate Institute.
Kelsey Murphy – Forward – Putnam Valley, N.Y. – Putnam Valley
From up I-84 and I-90 to UAlbany comes Murphy out of Putnam Valley High. She played two years of high school, earning all-league honors in 2015, and played with Quickstrike FC, taking the team to the NPL New York State championship and the National semifinals.
Amanda O’Brien – Forward – Clifton Park, N.Y. – Shenendehowa
O’Brien becomes the second Shenendehowa product to be a Great Dane along with Meghan Cavanaugh. A soccer and track athlete, she was a Section 2 Class AA All-Start as a senior with 20 goals and six assists, helping the Plainsmen win the sectional championship in 2017, the team’s first in 10 years.
Milan Pfister – Goalkeeper – Schenectady, N.Y. – Mohonasen
One of Section II’s top goalkeepers, Pfister stays in the Capital District from Mohonasen. A three-year starter, she earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a senior team captain with a 90% save rate and seven shutouts, including 18 shutouts in her high school career.