The first weekend of October was a busy and challenging one for Daniella Ford and her Farmingdale State teammates as the Rams faced off against two nationally ranked opponents.
In matchups against No. 2 ranked Williams College on Saturday and No. 19 Swarthmore a day later, Ford made a total of 20 saves as Farmingdale State had a loss and win respectively to catch the attention of national pollsters.
Ford, a native of Elmont and graduate of Sewanhaka High School, was named the United Soccer Coaches Division III Women’s Soccer Player of the Week. In a 1-0 overtime loss to Williams, which was ranked No. 2 at the time, Ford made 10 saves and faced a total of 22 shots. On Sunday at home, Farmingdale State knocked off then-No. 19 Swarthmore 1-0 and Ford again made 10 saves.
Her week also included an 8-0 Rams win over Purchase in which she played 45 minutes and did not allow a goal. Through the team’s first 13 games of the season, Farmingdale State is 9-3-1 and sits just outside the USA Today/United Soccer Coaches Division III women’s soccer national poll. The Rams are ranked third in poll’s East Region Top-10.
Through the Rams’ first 13 games of the season, Ford has started all and played 1,088 minutes, allowing nine goals with a goals against average of 0.74.
Since becoming a member of Farmingdale State’s women’s soccer team, Ford has been a fixture in goal for the Rams. During her sophomore year, she was named First Team All-Skyline Conference, starting 21 of 23 matches with a record of 11-8-2. She led the conference in save percentage (.817) and was second in goals-against average (0.93) and clean sheets (six).
During her freshman season, she was named First-Team All-Skyline and the Conference Rookie of the Year. Ford had three clean sheets and finished her first college season with a record of 9-7-2.