2009 Women's Soccer Recap
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State women's soccer team had a 15-5-3 overall record this season, including 8-0-1 in the Skyline Conference. The Rams captured their third consecutive Skyline Conference Title, defeating Bard, 1-0, receiving an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III National Tournament.
The Rams traveled to Grantham, Pa. to take on Messiah College, the 2008 National Champions, in the opening round of the Tournament. Farmingdale trailed 3-0 at halftime, eventually falling 6-1 to the Falcons.
Five players were named to the All-Skyline Conference Women's Soccer Team. Freshman forward Christina Merrill (Levittown, N.Y.) and freshman defender Theresa Martorano (Commack, N.Y.) were named to the First Team, while sophomore midfielder Katrina Cerverizzo (Center Moriches, N.Y.), freshman defender Jillian Lasota (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Jamie Smith (Holtsville, N.Y.) received Second Team honors.
Merrill had seven goals and 10 assists for a team-high 24 points. She was 1st in the Skyline with eight assists in conference games. Martorano started every game for Farmingdale this season, scoring three goals and recording three assists. She led a defense that held a 0.11 goals against average in Skyline games.
Cerverizzo was second on the team with nine goals this year, including three game-winners. Lasota anchored a defense that allowed only one goal in nine Skyline Conference games. Smith had a team-high 11 goals, four of which were game-winning goals. She scored the game-winning goal in the Skyline Championship game against Bard and was Farmingdale's lone goal scorer in the matchup with Messiah College in the National Tournament.
Freshman midfielder and Skyline Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player Taylor Horgan, (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored six goals and had one assist this season.
Seniors Tricia Pickford (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Courtney Caden (Setauket, N.Y.) played their final season at Farmingdale State. Pickford leaves as the school-record holder for career assists with 35.
The Rams look for continued success next season, as seven of Farmingdale's starters in 2009 were freshmen.