Phallon Tullis-Joyce grew up on Long Island’s East End, played her college ball in South Florida and now is embarking on her professional career in France.
The Shoreham native and graduate of Longwood High School has signed with Stade De Reims of the women’s Ligue 2 in France. The team, as of January 21, sits in first place and in position for promotion to Ligue 1.
Tullis-Joyce officially joined the French side after working out for the club. According to the Stade De Reims website, the team was looking to strengthen the goalkeeper position following the departure of Claire Jacob.
“I’m very happy that Phallon is joining the team,” said Amandine Miquel, Stade De Reims head coach. “She is a goalkeeper with good explosiveness and relaxation but who also has a good margin for progression.”
“When I came to the test, I immediately felt good, I feel like I’m in a family,” she said.
As for playing the goalkeeper position, Tullis-Joyce added, “I like both the mental and the physical aspect of this position. You have to be a leader in the sense that you have to know how to lead the defense, communicate and be decisive when the team needs you.”
Prior to her collegiate career, Tullis-Joyce was one of Long Island’s top high school players. She was a five-year letter winner at Longwood and was named All-County in her final three years in high school. In addition, in her junior and senior seasons, she was named to Newsday’s All-Long Island and to the New York State team.