With the regular season coming to a close, the Farmingdale State women’s soccer team is now about the top-ranked Division III teams.
The Rams enter the USA Today/United Soccer Coaches poll for the first time this season, ranked No. 22. It’s been a strong season for the team (15-3-2, 9-0-0 Skyline Conf.) that includes a 1-0 win over then-No. 19 Swarthmore the day after losing to No. 3 Williams College 1-0 in overtime.
On Wednesday, the Rams closed out the regular season with a 2-1 win over Mount Saint Mary. With the win, Farmingdale State clinched the top seed in the upcoming Skyline Conference Tournament.
Through its first 19 games of the regular season, 20 Rams players have accounted for the team’s 61 goals. Julissa Martinez of Brentwood leads the team with nine goals, with Tara Lyons of Wantagh second with eight goals. Three players — Allison Khare of Deer Park, Meagan Murdocco of North Babylon and Alyssa Parrotta of Centereach — are tied for third on the team with six goals.
In goal, Elmont’s Daniella Ford has been a standout and the backbone of Farmingdale State’s defense. Appearing in all 20 matches this season, Ford has a 0.64 goals against average and a .862 save percentage with seven clean sheets.
Ford in early October was named the United Soccer Coaches Division III Women’s Soccer Player of the Week. She received the award for her play in back-to-back matches vs. Williams and Swarthmore.