LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – A year after earning the first
postseason bid in the history of the program, the Farmingdale State
College women’s soccer team has been selected as the
preseason favorite to capture the Skyline Conference championship
as voted upon by the conference’s head coaches.
In his first season as head coach, Chris Roche guided Farmingdale State to a 10-8-2 record, the most victories for the program since joining NCAA Division III six years ago. The Rams finished fourth in the Skyline Conference and earned the No. 2 seed in the four-team ECAC Metro Tournament. Farmingdale State picked up its first-ever postseason victory, defeating Rutgers-Camden in the semifinals before falling to Manhattanville in the championship.
The Rams lost only one senior from last season and return a strong group of players from Roche’s first season. Three sophomores played prominent roles as rookies last season and look to carry Farmingdale State to new heights this year. Christina Cascio was voted the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year after recording 16 goals and two assists. Midfielder Amanda Biondi was also an All-Skyline First-Team selection while goalkeeper Kimberly Sontag earned Second Team All-Skyline honors as a freshman.
Two conference newcomers, Bard College and Purchase College, were tied for second in a close vote. Both schools, which were members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference last year, have new coaches in Susan Scheer and Bill Kelly respectively. Purchase captured the NEAC tournament championship last season after finishing fourth during the regular season. Senior Rachael Sokolowski was a First Team All-NEAC selection on defense for the Panthers last fall. Bard returns both the NEAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year from last season in junior forward Mozhdeh Zahedi and senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Herber.
St. Joseph’s College, under the direction of veteran head coach Joe Lee, was picked fourth. The Golden Eagles have perennially been a strong team in conference play. St. Joseph’s has qualified for the Skyline Tournament each of the four years that the tournament has been in existence.
SKYLINE CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER
2007 PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Farmingdale State (4) 69
2t. Purchase (3) 67
2t. Bard 67
4. St. Joseph’s-L.I. (1) 62
5. Russell Sage (1) 54
6. Mount Saint Vincent 44
7. Mount Saint Mary 35
8. Maritime 24
9. Polytechnic 19
10. Yeshiva 9
(first-place votes in parentheses)