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ECNL May 05, 2020

STA Soccer celebrates 38 seniors going on to play college soccer

STA Soccer has announced its 2020 graduating class which features 21 future women’s college soccer players and 17 on the men’s side.

The New Jersey based club has elite level teams that have previously competed in the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, and are current members of the newly-launched Girls Academy League, Boys ECNL, US Youth Soccer National League, EDP Soccer and the US Club Soccer National Premier Leagues.

This year’s graduating class features players that are going on to play soccer in college at various levels of the game, including numerous high-level NCAA Division I programs.

See below for a full listing of STA’s 2020 college commitments, along with quotes from many of the players:

 

Chris Giglio | Denison College

I want to express my gratitude to all of the teammates I have had over the years whether at high school or club soccer for their competitiveness on the field and their companionship off the field to propel me to become the player I am today and I want to thank STA, especially coaches Shane and Tom for helping me with the recruitment process and for creating the opportunity to continue to play soccer at the next level. I cannot wait to join all the players and coaches at Denison on their journey and I am thrilled to see what the future holds for me.”

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Jordan Viotto | Connecticut College

Thank you, STA, for being my club over the years. STA has taught me the technical skills necessary to play at a higher level, and supported me throughout my college search. In particular, I would like to thank Coach Laurence and Coach Tom for their assistance both on the pitch, and with their time helping with my recruitment. Thanks to my teammates for always pushing me to be the best player and teammate I could be. I have greatly enjoyed my years at STA and am looking forward to another great year, as well as my new adventure at Conn College.”

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Aidan Dunphy | Johns Hopkins

I want to thank a few coaches in particular, Coach Andy for bringing me to STA in the first place, Coach James for helping me develop and bringing me up to the NPL team, Coach Laurence for overseeing my process over the past couple years, and Coach Tom for pushing me to always be my best. I want to thank all the teammates whom I have played with over the years for making me the player I am today. Finally, thank you to STA for being my club since the beginning. I’m extremely excited about my future with Coach Appleby and the rest of the Hopkins coaching staff. Go Jays!”

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Zoe Tiger | Indiana University

“I would not be the player I am today if it wasn’t for STA. STA has pushed me to my limits and has made me the best I can be. The coaches and players have always been there for me and I am so grateful.

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Morgan O’Neill | Roanoke College 

“I am excited to compete at the next level and continue to become a better player. STA has shown me a different view of the game, while maintaining a high level of competition. All the coaches at STA were committed to helping me become a better player on and off the field.”

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Maggie Speck | Hobart and William Smith Colleges

“For the past 12 year STA has been my second family. They have formed me into the best player I could possibly be and made me fall in love with the game. I am so excited to further my academic and soccer career at Hobart and William Smith colleges, thanks to my STA family! I would not have been where I am without my amazing coaches and teammates!”

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Savannah Rode | Muhlenberg College

“I would like to thank STA for helping me achieve my goals of playing soccer in college. I am committed to muhlenberg college and the STA family has pushed me to be the best player I can be. I am so grateful for the opportunities, and skills I have learned from them over the years!”

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Grace Bratter | Case Western Reserve University 

“I am continuing my academic and athletic career at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio next year and could not be more excited. I would not be the player or person I am today without joining STA. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to train in a supportive environment and with a team that I am proud to call my second family. A special to shoutout to Coach Becki for being a great mentor and leading the way!”

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Megan Padilla | Sacred Heart University 

“I am so excited to be continuing my athletic career at Sacred Heart University. STA has helped me the past three years with my recruitment and preparing me for college soccer! i’m proud to be a member of such a talented and supportive club!”

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Riley Haggerty | Rutgers University – Newark

“I’m very excited to be starting the next chapter in my soccer career at Rutgers Newark. Although I’ve been at STA for only a short time, my game play and mindset have improved so much. I am very thankful for my teammates and coaches at STA who have pushed me and helped prepare me for college.”

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Susn Oberschmidt | Indiana University 

“I have been playing at STA since 5th grade and it has been the best experience of my life. Through STA I have grown as a player and a person and have had the opportunity to play at Indiana University in the fall. Playing for STA has been the greatest experience and I am sad to leave it behind but even more excited to see what the next four years bring”

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Caroline Ewing | Montclair State University 

“I’m so grateful to have been a part of STA, a huge thank you to my teammates and coach becki for getting me where I am today. I am super excited to continue playing at Montclair State University in the fall. Go redhawks!”

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Yasla Ngoma | Brandeis University 

“I am very excited to be spending my next 4 at Brandeis! I know that I will thrive in their welcoming environment and be challenged on and off the field. I plan to take advantage of all Brandeis has to offer from education to fun. I’d like to thank STA for taking me on as a player this year and helping me prepare for my college season.”

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Sophie Viera | The College of New Jersey

“I am beyond grateful for the opportunities I have received due to dedicating my life to this sport and club. I am so excited for my future, and am thankful for all the experiences I’ve had that have led me to where I am today.”

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Madison Palma | Sacred Heart University

“I’m super excited to play soccer at the next level. STA has really helped me by teaching me so many new things.”

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Lauren Ernst | Montclair State University

“I’m so excited to be continuing my soccer career at Montclair State! I want to thank all my coaches at STA and beyond for helping me reach my goals, I couldn’t have done it without them. I will miss all my STA family and teammates next year and can’t wait to see where everyone’s future goes!”

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Kayla Parsons | Yale University

“Playing for STA for the past 7 years has been such a memorable and rewarding experience. All my coaches, teammates, and mentors have shaped me into the player I am today. They have refined my technical and tactical skills, furthered my soccer IQ, and most importantly, taught me that grit, determination and hard work are the most defining characteristics in a player. I am so excited for the next four years at Yale University. I know STA has prepared me well, and I am beyond grateful for the club.”

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Sadie Kim | Haverford College

“I am excited to attend Haverford College to continue my academic and athletic career. Endless thanks to my coaches and amazing STA family for helping me through every step of the recruiting process. I am forever grateful for all the experiences and opportunities that have shaped me into the player I am today.”

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Ellie Sciancalepore | Rider University 

“I am continuing my academic and athletic career at Rider University this upcoming fall and I could not be more excited for all of the opportunities and new experiences that will come with it! I am so grateful to be a part of the STA family, and I would not be the player or person I am today without the guidance of my coaches and the support of my teammates. Thank you to STA for helping me achieve my goals and make me the best athlete and person I could be!”

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Claire Said | Post University 

STA gave me an environment where I was able to become a confident and strong player. The coaches, training, and overall atmosphere has prepared me for my college career. Thank you STA and coaches for all that you have done for me.