Williams Signs With Spartak Subotica
SUBOTICA, Serbia - University at Albany alumna Mariah Williams has signed a professional deal with Serbian club Spartak Subotica. The club plays in Serbia’s top-flight SuperLiga and has won each of the last nine league championships. The winner of the SuperLiga earns the right to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
“I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity to continue my soccer career into the professional level,” said Williams. My last four years at UAlbany have allowed me to grow as both a player and a person. I am thankful for all of my teammates and my coaching staff at UAlbany that have supported me over the years and pushed me to be the best player I could be. I would not be where I am to day without my family, friends, and all of the UAlbany community supporting me. Playing n the UEFA Champions League is an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get started on this next adventure.
This year, Spartak will play in the Champions League Group 5 with Ferencváros, Slovan Bratislava, and Agarista - SS Anenii Noi in the qualifying round, which begins August 7. Spartak has advanced to the Round of 32 four times, most recently this past season, where they fell to Bayern Munich.
“This is such an incredible feat for Mariah, and everyone here from our program and our community is so excited for her,” said UAlbany women’s soccer head coach Nick Bochette, who coached Williams for four years. No one has worked harder or put in more time and energy than Mariah to achieve her goals, and I know she’s excited to set even higher standards for herself at the next level. Her work ethic and industriousness is only a small part of her success, however. Mariah has one of the most professional mentalities I’ve ever come across at this level, which has culminated in her giving herself an opportunity to play soccer for a living against UEFA Champions League opponents, many of which the world is watching play in the 2019 FIFA World Cup right now.
“This is also an important milestone for our program, and it’s a testament to all of Mariah’s teammates over the past four years,” Bochette continued. “As we collectively strive to continually raise the level and profile of our program, we will need more and more student-athletes who have the passion and the desire to continue developing throughout their college career and into the professional ranks.”
Williams departed UAlbany as the all time leader in career and single-season goals and points. She was a member of all three of UAlbany’s America East championship teams, and was named 2018 America East Striker of the Year.