CRANFORD – The Union County College women’s soccer team is currently undefeated, sitting on a ten-game win streak. Their current record is 10-0. On Oct. 2 the Lady Owls shut out Ocean County College by a score of 10-0. The previous week, on Sept. 25, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) issued their Top 10 rankings for Division 3 and Union was ranked in 10th place, a first for the team. Currently the team has amassed 60 goals and only yielded two.
In addition to the overall success of the team, individual players have been setting records each week. For the week of Aug. 26 and Sept. 23, Sophia Melendez, of Union, was named the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) player of the week. For four weeks of the season to date, Lauren Buchanan, also of Union, was named the GSAC Goalkeeper of the week. The week of Sept. 16, Monica Flores, of Elizabeth, was named the GSAC player of the week.
The team’s head coach, Angie Correia, is in her second season and is having a phenomenal year. With a roster of 30, of which 15 are freshmen, Coach Correia had to make sure these young women adapted to the team culture from the first day they stepped onto the field in August. Early mornings, double sessions, and sleepless nights, have all been accounted for in their success thus far.
“Coach Correia has a great disposition with each team member and has a knack for bringing them together as a team,” stated Dean of College Life Tammy Smith. “She continues to build the confidence of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom so they can see their success and continue on to play for a Division I school when they graduate from Union and transfer.”
The team will be celebrating sophomore night before their game against Bucks County Community College on Thurs., Oct. 4. The game time is 7:30 p.m. at Snyder Field located at 216 Snyder Avenue, Berkeley Heights.
For more information about the Union County College athletics program, go to www.unionowls.com.
2018 UNION COUNTY COLLEGE OWLS
00-Lauren Buchanan, sophomore goalkeeper, education, Union
1-Nada Hassan, freshman forward, architecture, Carteret
3-Vannesa Aguirre, sophomore defense, criminal justice, Plainfield
4-Cyanna Gonzalez, freshman midfielder-forward, liberal studies, Union
5-Maya Lawler, sophomore defense, nursing, Cranford
6-Sophia Melendez, sophomore forward-midfielder, communications, Union
7-Brittany Correia, sophomore forward, biology, Union
8-Monica Flores, sophomore midfielder, education, Elizabeth
9-Steffany Marroquin, sophomore forward, criminal justice, Plainfield
10-Barbara Ferreira, sophomore midfielder, graphic design, Union
11-Alexis Wysocki, sophomore midfielder, nursing, Rahway
12-Amanda Mota, freshman defense, nursing, Linden
13-Lindsay Wielgus, freshman forward, psychology, Cranford
14-Jessica Goncalves, sophomore defense, nursing, Union
15-Natasha Bustamante, freshman defense, biology, Rahway
16-Jaquelin Argueta, sophomore defense, business, Elizabeth
17-Gabriella Angrisano, sophomore defense-midfielder, chemistry, Kenilworth
18-Olivia Zaremba, sophomore forward, health science, Nutley
19-Paige Junior, freshman defense, sports management, Roselle Park
21-Imani Dawkins, freshman defense, business, Linden
22-Briana Vieira, sophomore defense-midfielder, health science, Union
23-Amanda Benitez, freshman midfielder, medical sonography, Summit
24-Sophia DasNeves, sophomore defense-goalkeeper, nursing, Union
25-Destine Alarcon, freshman forward-goalkeeper, criminal justice, Plainfield
26-Susan Zambrano, freshman defense, liberal studies, Linden
27-Jennifer DeLeon, freshman forward, psychology, Linden
28-Melissa Barrera, freshman midfielder, liberal studies, Cranford
30-Isabel Silva, freshman midfield, communications, Cranford
Mildre Cruz, red shirt defense, health science, Plainfield
Jocelyn Ramos, red shirt midfielder, liberal studies, Plainfield