Following a week when she scored nine goals over two matches, St. Joseph’s (L.I.) senior Christina Gagliardi has gained national recognition.
The Ronkonkoma native and Sachem North High School graduate was named the United Soccer Coaches Division III women’s soccer National Player of the Week. This is her first national honor.
This is the second week in a row in which a player from Long Island received national recognition from United Soccer Coaches. Last week, Molloy College’s Dana Poetzsch was named the Division II women’s soccer National Player of the Week.
In two matches this past week for the Golden Eagles, Gagliardi had nine goals and two assists to lead her team to back-to-back wins. In St. Joseph’s 5-1 win over SUNY Old Westbury, she had a hat-trick and an assist. Gagliardi then lit up the scoresheet scoring a school-record six goals and adding an assist in a 7-2 win over SUNY Maritime.
Through games of September 30 at the Division III level, she is tied for the national lead in goals scored with 16, is second in the nation with 38 points and her average of two goals per game also leads the nation.
Gagliardi has been an offensive force through her three-plus years at the Patchogue college. In 57 games played, she has 62 goals and 19 assists. Gagliardi scored 19 goals in her sophomore and junior seasons after scoring 14 goals in her freshman year.