Coach Roche Looks for the Rams to Raise the Bar in
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The 2008 season cannot start quick enough for Coach Chris Roche and his Farmingdale State Rams women's soccer team. Coming off their most successful season, which culminated in the programs first-ever Skyline Championship and NCAA appearance, the Rams will look to take the next step forward in Roche's five-year plan.
The Rams and Coach Roche have seen their win total increase the last 4 years, from 4 in 2004 to last years school record of 13. However, Roche is not content with this success as he has made what he believes is the toughest non-conference schedule in his tenure along with the toughest of all Skyline teams.
The Rams will play some of the top programs in the country this season. The Rams will be put to the early test as they travel to Philadelphia, where they take on 2007 ECAC Champs Swarthmore and Stevens Institute of Technology. The month of September will be no picnic for Farmingdale, as they have matches scheduled against perennial top 20 power Calvin (Mich), NYU, Arcadia and Manhattanville. Roche feels that this killer schedule will only help the Rams get ready to defend their 2007 Skyline title and try and become the first team in Farmingdale State history to make back-to-back NCAA appearances.
"It is not how you start but how you finish" states the coach. He further feels that "playing some of the top teams will help attract even more local talent." He has a great group coming in to join his players from last season, which includes All-Conference standouts in senior Kailtlin O'Brien (East Islip HS) and juniors Trish Pickford (Massapequa HS) and Jennifer Jung (Herricks HS). To name a few of his local rookies, the Rams will see Rebecca Richman (West Islip HS), Brittany Williams (Massapequa HS), Shannon Kalogeras (Patchogue-Medford HS), Shannon Reardon (North Babylon HS), Katie Cerverizzo (Center Moriches HS) and Morgan Baust (Eastport-South Manor HS).
"Bottom line is that good players want to play quality teams and if we offer a competitive schedule players will come. We were not content in just making the NCAA tournament last year, we want to take the next step and that would be able to go and win a game or two. We truly feel we are another year or so away from making that a reality!"
The 2008 season will also see the opening of the new State of
the art Rams stadium. The stadium will feature a graphic
scoreboard, a synthetic turf playing surface and seating for 1000.
This stadium is just the latest commitment by the Athletic
Department to ensure that its student-athletes have the best
facilities as their teams start to shine in the Division III
Coach invites all to attend the October 25th game against Russell Sage, as the Rams will once again try and set the NCAA attendance record. Last years attempt at the record produced a record crowd of 340 fans. We are hoping to shatter that mark this season.