The Stony Brook women’s soccer team is adding six players to its roster for the 2018 season, which includes one Long Islander and players from various spots domestically and internationally.
Joining the Seawolves and head coach Brendan Faherty this fall are Arianna Barbieri, Mari Brenden, Grace Fabian, Tatum Kauka, Ranae Ward and Spencer Wirkkala
“We are very excited to add these six young women into our program this fall,” he said. “We had specific needs that we wanted to address with this class and we believe each student-athlete will fill a specific role in our program starting in August. Based on their previous experiences, we expect each student-athlete to not only find success on the field but also to raise the bar in the classroom while making a positive impact on the Stony Brook community.”
The lone Long Islander in the group, Barbieri was a four-year letter-winner at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket. She has earned All-League, All-Conference and All-County honors, as well as team MVP following her final season. A midfielder, Barbieri played eight years of club soccer for Village of the Branch Storm and most recently played for G00 Suffolk Elite.
Brenden hails from Olso, Norway, playing for Grei in 2018 and prior to that she competed for LYN from 2015-2018. The midfielder helped her LYN team to a Norwegian Championship in 2015, as well as a pair of Norway Cup victories. Brenden was also a part of her team’s Dana Cup victory in 2014.
Fabian joins the Seawolves after earning two letters at Clarence High School. She helped her team to back-to-back regional championships. The Clarence, N.Y., native allowed just nine goals in her final two season, boasting a .956 save percentage. Fabian played club soccer for the WNY Flash.
Kauka becomes the second Hawaii native on the Stony Brook roster, hailing from Honolulu. She earned four letters at Kamehameha School, helping her team to a league championship as a senior. Kauka was named First Team All-League and Second Team All-State as a junior. The forward played eight years of club soccer for Leahi Soccer Club.
Ward comes to Stony Brook from Trincity, Trinidad. The midfielder captained the U20 Trinidad Women’s National Team in 2017-18 and also played for the U17 National Team. She earned two caps with the country’s national team in games against Venezuela in March of 2017. Ward won four letters at Bishop Anstey High School, helping her team to back-to-back regional championships, scoring 16 goals in her final season. She played club soccer for SKHY FC.
Wirkkala won four letters at Granite Falls High School, serving as team captain in her final two seasons. The Granite Fall, Wash., native was named Cascade Conference Defender of the Year, as well as Second Team All-State as a senior. After playing six years with the Washington Rush, Wirkkala played her final two years of club soccer with Seattle Reign and Eastside. She was also a member of Washington EPD.