Women's Soccer Aims for Regional Title
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, September 7, 2005
In each of the last two seasons, the Hudson Valley Community College women's soccer team has shown the ability to play with the best teams in Region III, but have fallen a few wins short of a championship. This year, first-year head coach Jay Pokines hopes that can change.
"The talent is here for us to have a good team. We just need to make sure we come together as a team," Pokines said. "Even though there are several new faces, including myself, we're strong up the middle and we've shown a lot of promise in the preseason."
Pokines' confidence stems from the fact he returns two of the top three scorers along with the leading goaltender from last year's team that finished 9-7-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region III tournament.
Sophomore Dana Porcello (Waterford/Waterford-Halfmoon High School) has the potential to be one of the leading scorers in the Mountain Valley Conference and will be expected to produce scoring opportunities for the Lady Vikings. She amassed 12 goals and five assists a year ago. Sophomore Alicia Kozilsky (Waterford/Waterford-Halfmoon High School) and freshman Kristina Tapia (Hudson/Chatham High School) also should provide scoring punch up front in Hudson Valley's 4-4-2 attack.
Sophomore Marissa Miller (Schodack/Maple Hill High School) is the veteran in a young midfield. She has the ability to score, posting seven goals and three assists last season. Freshmen Brittany Wilkinson (Watervliet/Watervliet High School), Sandra Aguilar (Bogota, Columbia/Gimnasio Los Andes) and Vanessa Barber (Schoharie/Schoharie High School) also should start in the midfield.
Sophomore Kayla O'Connor (Waterford/Waterford-Halfmoon High School) scored a pair of goals as a defender last season and should be joined on the defense by freshmen Jessica Lawler (Delmar/Holy Names High School), Annemarie Keeler (Cohoes/Cohoes High School) and Brittany DeWitt (Hoosick Falls/Rednock School).
Sophomore Amy Logan (Menands/Shaker High School) stopped nearly 90 percent of the shots she saw last season and provides a veteran presence in goal for the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Vikings will find out where they stand early on in the season. After the season opener at North Country Community College on Thursday, September 8, Hudson Valley will host a pair of teams that finished the 2005 season ranked in the top five in the final NJCAA poll. Herkimer County Community College will visit Hudson Valley on Saturday, September 10 and Springfield Technical College will make the trip to Troy on Sunday, September 11.