The Adelphi Women’s Soccer Team is adding nine new players for the 2017 season that includes two Long Islanders.
Joining head coach Brooke DeRosa this fall is Jessica Petry, a graduate of Island Trees High School from Levittown and Jacqueline Diffley, a Floral Park resident and graduate of Floral Park High School.
Also new for the black and gold this season are Marisa Dennis (Tolland, Conn.), Kristen Maher (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), Madison Raposo (Wethersfield, Conn.), Isabel Sandström (Skummeslövsstrand, Sweden), Savannah Taylor (Glen Allen, Va.), Alexsis Weiser (Long Beach, Calif.) and Mia York (Kailua, Hawaii).
Three New York products also join DeRosa’s club this year, with two coming from Long Island. The upstate product is Maher, who hails from Ballston Lake, is a forward who led New York State Section 2 with 37 goals in her senior season, which is also a Saratoga Central Catholic High School record. Maher earned 13 varsity letters in a total of five sports and played her club soccer for the Albany Alleycats.
“Kristen is another attacking player that will add depth to our team,” DeRosa said. “She’s a hard-worker, and her athletic pedigree makes her a unique force on our team.”
Diffley, a Floral Park native, and Petry, from Levittown, were both top Nassau County high school players. Diffley was the Conference Player of the Year for the Floral Park Memorial Knights, also earning All-County, while Petry was an All-Conference selection for the Island Trees Bulldogs.
“Jacqui signed with us late in the 2017 season, and we were fortunate to get a player of her caliber at that point,” DeRosa said. “She’s quick and aggressive with the ball and will add depth to our attack. I look forward to working with her and watching her grow as a college player.”
The head coach added, “Jessica will bring a physical presence to our team. She’s very athletic and will work hard for her teammates. She will be valuable to us on the field as an outside back or forward. She will add depth to both of our lines, but is naturally an attacking player, so I’m looking forward to her using her attacking experience when she plays as an outside back.”
Dennis, a defender and one of two members of the incoming class to hail from Connecticut, was a two-time All-Conference selection at Tolland High School. She was also named All-State for the Eagles and played her travel soccer for the Oakwood Soccer Club.
“Marisa is a hard-working, versatile player that can play anywhere on the back line as well as the holding midfield position,” the head coach said. “Her composure and skill on the ball are very valuable when building out of the back; she played for a great club team and we are looking forward to having her on our team.”
Also hailing from Connecticut is Raposo, a midfielder from Wethersfield. An All-Conference and All-Academic selection for the Wethersfield High School Eagles, Raposo captained her high school team as a senior and played her club soccer FSA FC ECNL 98-99.
“Maddie is a great center mid with great vision and creativeness in the attacking half,” DeRosa said. “She will be able to provide service to our talented front line as well as being able to strike from distance. She’s deceptive on the dribble and is unpredictable to defenders, in terms of reading what to do next.”
Heading east for the 2017 season are Weiser and York, who hail from California and Hawaii, respectively. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Weiser starred for the St. Anthony’s Saints at forward. She was a four-time All-Conference selection who was a three-time league MVP and led the CIF’s Division 7 in goals (three times) and assists (twice).
York, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, was a four-time All-Star at Kalaheo High School on the other side of the pitch as a defender; she was a Second Team selection as a freshman and sophomore, and a First Team honoree as an upperclassman.
“Alexsis will be a very exciting attacking player to watch,” DeRosa said. “She’s extremely fast with and without the ball, and her breakaway speed combined with her intelligent movement off the ball make it nearly impossible for defenders to stop her. She will be a strong asset to the team’s attack and we look forward to seeing her in action.”
“Mia has a great personality on the field. Her attitude is contagious and has a positive effect on the players around her. She has strong physical traits which make her a great defender, is intelligent on the ball and works very hard. Her ability and character will fortify our back line, and I look forward to watching her grow here.”
Taylor, a Virginia native, is a transfer student who played her first two seasons at Delaware State University. She appeared in 14 games for the Hornets, making two starts as a freshman at defense, with one goal and two assists. Prior to that, she was a three-year varsity standout at Deep Run High School, where she was a part of back-to-back district and regional championship squads, and won an AAA State Championship as a sophomore.
“Savannah possesses great, explosive power out of the back,” DeRosa said. “She’s athletically gifted and will be tough to beat as a defender. Her work ethic and creativity on the ball also makes her an attacking threat on the outside. She brings Division I experience with her and will be a strong addition to our team.”
Finally, Sandström travels the furthest to join the Panthers out of Sweden, where she completed her secondary school at Aspero Idrottsgymnasium in Gothenburg. A goalkeeper who joins the team with an opportunity for playing time in the Panther cage, Sandström played for IS Halmia on the Swedish youth club circuit.
“Isabel is our only international this year. From Sweden, she will bring with her a great deal of experience and knowledge of the game,” DeRosa said. “She has amazing reflexes and shot stopping abilities. She is one of the best youth goalkeepers that I have seen during my recruiting process. She will be a very valuable part of our team.”