St. John’s women’s soccer team is adding six new players for the upcoming season as Head Coach Ian Stone retools his roster in an effort to extend the winningest four-year stretch in program history.
Joining the Red Storm are Maia Cabrera, Emily Purtell, Alyse Stukey, Cailey Sullivan, Antonia Tammaro and Annie Wysong.
“We are excited to welcome this class of outstanding student-athletes to the St. John’s University Women’s Soccer program,” said Stone.
Widely regarded as one of the top athletes in all of New York City, Maia Cabrera will remain in her home borough for college after a stellar high school career. As a senior at Forest Hills, Cabrera scored 15 goals in eight games, needing just 67 shots to record that many tallies.
Despite missing two years of high school soccer, Cabrera gained plenty of playing experience as she had the opportunity to spend time in Israel, her mother’s birthplace, to play and train with the U-19 National Team. In UEFA European U-19 Championship qualifying this past fall, Cabrera netted a goal for Israel, the team’s lone tally of the tournament, in a 1-1 draw with Russia on Sept. 8.
A multi-sport star, Cabrera is also considered one of the city’s best basketball and softball players. On the club circuit in the states, Cabrera excels for Albertson Fury while also volunteering at the Central Queens Y.
Purtell, a product of Johnson City, N.Y., and Seton Catholic Central, will join the Red Storm after a high school career that saw her play six years of varsity soccer, two of which came in seventh and eighth grade for Johnson City High School.
A three-year team captain and three-time all-state selection, Purtell helped lead SCCHS to a winning record in all four of her seasons with the team, highlighted by a sophomore year that saw her register 19 goals and 25 assists en route to a 16-2 final record.
A member of Syracuse Development Academy on the club circuit, Purtell helped the squad take home five state cup championships and two regional championships during her tenure with the team.
Purtell has participated in a number of community service initiatives, traveling to Haiti and rural Appalachia to assist those in need, while also maintaining membership in numerous community service related clubs at her high school.
Stukey comes to Queens from Virginia Beach, Va., where she enjoyed a stellar high school career at Landstown. The 5-8 midfielder was named to the All-State team as a sophomore in 2015 and to the All-Tidewater Second Team the following season.
A member of Beach FC, one of the top club teams in the region, Stukey took home Club Champions League titles in 2016 and 2017 and made a pair of appearances in the Disney Showcase semifinals. An active participant in a number of community service initiatives, Stukey champions an organization called TOPSoccer, which is a training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.
One of two goalkeepers joining the Red Storm in the class of 2021, Sullivan will arrive in Queens from Bridgewater, Mass., where she was a four-year varsity standout at Bridgewater-Raynham High School. During her tenure, Sullivan was named an Old Colony League All-Star as a senior by the Cape Cod Times and a Boston Globe Player of the Week in October of 2015 after recording her ninth shutout of the season.
In the community, Sullivan is an active volunteer with her local Special Olympics chapter, helping bring the joy of athletic competition to the disabled.
Tammaro, a native of Lynnfield, Mass., comes to St. John’s following a standout career at Phillips Academy Andover, where she earned a total of 12 varsity letters (four soccer, four softball, four basketball) during her four year tenure.
A goalkeeper, Tammaro was a stalwart between the pipes, recording nine shutouts in both her junior and senior seasons. After registering a 0.17 goals against average and leading her team to a New England Prep School Class A Championship as a junior with three-consecutive shutouts in the league tournament, Tammaro was named the NEPSAC Class A/B MVP and was awarded a spot on the both Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team and the NSCAA All-New England squad. As a senior, Tammaro once again earned All-New England honors and nominated for the Top Drawer Soccer All-American Game.
On the club circuit, Tammaro played for New England Aztec before moving over to Boston Breakers Academy of the Elite Clubs National League in 2016. Tammaro is also an active member of her community, writing for her high school newspaper, coaching youth soccer and volunteering weekly with mentally and physically disabled adults.
A product of Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air, Md., Wysong will look to contribute for the Red Storm after a successful career at the club level. A member of ASA Azzurri, Wysong was part of a team that took a State Cup Championships for four-straight years from 2013-16. Her squad also finished as finalists in the Disney Showcase in both 2015 and 2016 and finished in second place in the Region I league in 2015. Her squad was ranked as the number one girls U-19 team in Maryland by GotSoccer.com and no. 16 in all of Region I.
An avid volunteer in her community, Wysong is also a recipient of her school’s scholar-athlete award and a four-year member of the honor roll.