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« on: April 19, 2009, 01:47:28 AM »
WILDCATS ADD THREE FORMER SETON HALL STANDOUTS

Pirates Record Holding Goalkeeper Amanda Becker Joining W-League Side

West Windsor, New Jersey - February 6, 2009

The New Jersey Wildcats announced today three key acquisitions for the upcoming season of play. Seton Hall products Amanda Becker, Beth Troutman and Katie Pfister will join the Wildcats when the W-League team heads to training camp this spring.

A key signing by the Wildcats is that of former Pirate goalkeeper Amanda Becker. The Aston, Pennsylvania, native put up impressive numbers throughout her entire college career, and many of her stats still remain in the SHU record books. She is the all-time record holder there with a stingy 1.21 goals against average and currently possesses the three best single-season goals against averages in school history, including an 0.75 average during her senior season of 2007. She is also second on the career saves list with 358, and she has played more minutes in net than anyone to ever don the blue and white colors of the Pirates. Her 21.4 shutouts over her four-year career also place her second on the university all-time list.
 
“Amanda has a good presence in goal,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour stated. “She is vocal in net and knows how to control the defense, which proves she is a leader.”
 
Becker was quick to express her excitement about joining the Wildcats.
 
“Honestly, I’m ecstatic,” Becker exclaimed. “I’m really looking forward to doing my best to bring positive things to this team. My hope is to have an extremely successful season and to do everything I can to help our team meet the goals we set for ourselves.”
 
Another notable acquisition for the Wildcats is midfielder Beth Troutman, who co-captained Seton Hall with Becker during their senior season in 2007. Known for her field vision and hustle, the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, native registered five goals and a pair of assists during her time for the Pirates. She commented on the comfort of playing in front of a solid netminder like Becker.
 
“It helps to play in front of a good goalkeeper like Becker because it gives you more confidence to be aggressive,” Troutman responded. “It spreads more confidence throughout the entire team, and you can take a more offensive approach to the game rather than having to stay back in a defensive frame of mind.”
 
Joining the Wildcat backline in training camp will be former Seton Hall defender Katie Pfister. The Toms River native started all four years she played for the Pirates, and she recently joined the Rutgers-Newark women’s soccer team as an assistant coach in September of 2008. Pfister received Big East Academic All-Star accolades each season in South Orange, and she also won back-to-back New Jersey state championships while playing high school soccer for Toms Rivers South.
 
“I am very excited to be a part of this team and all the talent it has,” Pfister said. ”after seeing the girls that came out (to tryouts), I can only see positive things and a wonderful season ahead of us.”
 
The New Jersey Wildcats played their debut season in the W-League in 1996 and has competed every season since. Under the guidance of then-head coach Charlie Naimo, the Wildcats compiled a 41-1 regular season record from 2004-06, winning regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while taking the W-League championship in 2005. Following the 2005 season, the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year, and Naimo won the FieldTurf W-League Coach of the Year award in 2006.

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2009, 12:35:30 AM »
WILDCATS BOLSTER ROSTER WITH PAIR FROM PORTUGUESE NATIONAL TEAM

Midfielders Lissette Brandao and Angela Correia Playing for W-League Side

West Windsor, New Jersey - Friday, February 13, 2009

The New Jersey Wildcats formally announced today two key acquisitions for their upcoming USL W-League campaign, which is slated to kick off this May. The team is pleased to proclaim that Portuguese National Team midfielders Lissette Brandao and Angela Correia have officially declared their intentions of patrolling the field for the Wildcats this season.

“By the way the team is coming together, I think we can get back to competing with the top tier of the league this season,” Brandao stated. “We slipped just a bit last summer, but there is a new energy surrounding the team now.”

Prior to joining the Wildcats in 2005, Brandao began her W-League career in 2004 for the New Jersey Lady Stallions, collecting four goals and an assist in her rookie campaign. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she was a four-year starter and also wore the captain band for the Scarlet Knights. While playing high school soccer at Union Catholic High School, the Rahway native led her team to three Union County titles and a sectional crown in 1999. She was a three-time All-State selection and also won a State Cup championship with her club team, the Wyckoff Torpedoes. Brandao is currently the head coach of the girl’s soccer team at Johnson Regional High School in Clark, and she earned her first caps with the Portuguese National Team last year in the Algarve Cup.
 
“It was an unbelievable feeling the first time I stepped onto the international stage and heard the Portuguese National Anthem,” she recollected. “It instantly gave me an adrenalin rush.”
 
Joining Brandao in the Algarve Cup a year ago was her current teammate with the Wildcats and the Portuguese National Team, Angela Correia.
 
“The most memorable time of those two weeks was holding China to a 1-1 draw in regulation, losing eventually in penalty kicks,” Correia recalled. “Vacationing in Algarve, spending a day at the beach and the overall cultural experience over those two weeks was terrific.”
 
Before playing college soccer at Dominican College, Correia had an outstanding high school career at Elizabeth High School. She was an All-Conference, All-County and All-State selection during her four years there, in addition to being named Player of the Year each season. Correia then made an immediate impact for Dominican College, being named the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Year after she led her school in points (20), goals (7) and assists (6) during her freshman season. For her four-year college career, she tallied 52 points on 19 goals and 14 assists.
 
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2009, 12:40:20 AM »
WILDCATS ADD DELAWARE FORWARD ALLI D'AMICO

W-League Side Continues to Build Opening Day Roster

West Windsor, New Jersey - Monday, February 23, 2009

In preparation for their upcoming W-League season, the New Jersey Wildcats officially announce today the addition of Delaware standout Alli D’Amico. The Manasquan, New Jersey, native is set to join the Wildcats when they travel to Long Island for a May 9th season opener against the Rough Riders.

“Alli is a returning player from the 2004 Wildcat championship team, and she brings to us a lot of experience,” Wildcats President Kevin McDermott stated. “She will do a great job in the midfield and as a target up top, and we are very pleased to have her on our team.”

D’Amico finished up an accomplished college career at the University of Delaware this past fall, concluding her time there with 41 points via 16 goals and nine assists. She was a four-year letter winner for the Blue Hens, receiving Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team honors her freshman year and All-CAA Third Team accolades following her senior season.

“Alli is a mature player that has the capability to play the role of a field general,” Wildcats Vice President Jim Gooley commented. “She has the experience and vision of an accomplished veteran, and she has proven to be a reliable player on the field.”

D’Amico is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic (NJ) High School, and she was pivotal in bringing her high school a pair of state championships following her junior and senior seasons. She was also named the Monmouth County Player of the Year in addition to being selected to the All-State Second Team following her senior year.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2009, 03:28:37 PM »
TWO-TIME OCEAN COUNTY PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JESS FUCCELLO JOINS WILDCATS

Penn Standout Gives Added Leadership to W-League Side

West Windsor, New Jersey (Thursday, February 25, 2009) - The New Jersey Wildcats announced today that two-time Ocean County Player of the Year and current University of Pennsylvania junior Jess Fuccello will be playing for the team in their upcoming W-League season. The Wildcats will look to the All-Ivy forward to be an important piece of their offensive attack this summer.

“Jess is a very tough competitor that is capable of scoring goals,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour commented. “I think she will be very important to our team, and we are pleased to have such a good goal scorer playing with us.”

Fuccello has made an immediate impact to the women’s soccer program at Penn since joining the Quakers in 2006. She led Penn by scoring nine goals en route to 23-points during her freshman season, being named to the All-Ivy Second Team and the Soccer Buzz Regional All-Freshman Team. She followed up that strong rookie year by leading Penn and the entire Ivy League in both points (26) and goals (11) in her sophomore campaign, becoming a unanimous All-Ivy First Team selection. She also received a nod to the NSCAA All Mid-Atlantic Second Team and the Soccer Buzz All Mid-Atlantic Second Team.

"Jess will be a fantastic addition to our 2009 roster,” Wildcats President Kevin McDermott stated.  “She is a prolific goal scorer and is a big piece of the puzzle toward our organization’s goal of winning the W-League Championship.  Jess is a great attacking personality and will fit well with Alli D’Amico and the other attackers joining our squad that we will be announcing in the days and weeks to come."

Returning to the pitch in New Jersey brings Fuccello back to a place where she saw much success while attending Brick Memorial High School and playing club soccer with the PDA Wildcats. She led the Mustangs in scoring in all four seasons she played in high school, helping her team to a Group IV State Championship each year. She was twice named the Ocean County Player of the Year as well as getting 2005 Shore Player of the Year accolades. On two occasions, she was named to the Associated Press and Star-Ledger All-State Team while receiving four nods to the All-Shore, All-Ocean and All-County teams. Her club career was highlighted with a 2003 USYSA National Championship, with the team finishing as runners-up in 2005 and 2006. She also has three state cups and four region championships on her club resume.

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009, 05:06:08 PM »
WILDCATS INK FORMER MONMOUTH CAPTAIN BRITTANI HELLER

West Windsor, New Jersey
16th March 2009

Heller Was Three-Time Captain for Hawks

With the first game of their 14th W-League season on the horizon, the New Jersey Wildcats announce today the addition of three-time Monmouth University captain Brittani Heller. The Newton, New Jersey, native will take the field when the Wildcats travel to Long Island to open their season against the Rough Riders on Saturday, May 9th.

“With Brittani being a center back, she can serve as an anchor because she sees the entire field,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour commented. “She has definitely taken an early leadership role in training, and we will look for her to be a leader this season.”
 
In three seasons at Monmouth University, Heller was quickly recognized for her leadership characteristics. She was named captain for the Hawks in just her first season there, and she held onto that captain band for three years. Primarily focusing on defense, she tallied four points on a pair of goals amid her rookie season, with one of her knocks being a game-winner. She followed that season up with a solid junior campaign, notching eight points on three goals (including one game-winning goal) and two helpers. She was honored for her play by being named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year, while also getting the nod to the All-NEC First Team and NEC All-Tournament Team. During her senior year, Heller recorded seven points on three scores and an assist, while also hitting a pair of game-winners. She was selected to the NEC All-Conference Team and helped Monmouth to their first NEC championship in 11 years. After winning the conference championship, the Hawks advanced to the NCAA Tournament to play Penn State.
 
“What I like most about Brittani’s game is that she will give everything she has all the time,” Wildcats President Kevin McDermott, who first coached Heller at the age of 14, remarked. “She is a winner, someone that you want to go into battle with at any level."
 
Prior to heading to Monmouth University, Heller captained her club team, PDA Galaxy, to two USYSA Region I Championships and two New Jersey State Cup Championships. During her high school career, she was a four-year letter winner at Newton High School. She received All-Area and All-West Jersey accolades each season, and she twice led the Braves to the state tournament. She also led her team in scoring over her last three years of high school, capping her senior season with All-Group II and All-League honors.
 
After opening the 2009 season with four consecutive road contests, Heller and the Wildcats will make their home debut at Mercer County Community College on Sunday, June 7th, when they host the Boston Renegades at 4:00 p.m.

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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009, 05:09:39 PM »
PAIR OF PROVEN LEADERS JOIN WILDCATS

2007 Eastern Conference GK of the Year Robyn Jones Among Acquisitions

West Windsor, New Jersey
10th April 2009

With their 2009 W-League opener less than a month away, the New Jersey Wildcats announce today two key acquisitions for the upcoming season. 2007 W-League Eastern Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Robyn Jones and La Salle University graduate Kristin Hextall have made official their intentions to join the Wildcats for their 14th year of play.

“Robyn has tremendous hands to go with great technical ability,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour stated. “She reads the game very well, and from what I’ve seen of her so far, it is clear that she has the ability to play at the next level.”

A native of Roseburg, Oregon, Jones attended The Pennington School and finished her high school career with a cumulative 66-9-8 record, posting a school best 50 shutouts during her time with the Red Raiders. The former Trentonian Prep Player of the Year enjoyed a 37-game unbeaten streak that stretched from her junior to senior season and headed to Rutgers University after high school commencement. In the two years she suited up for the Scarlet Knights, Jones missed only two contests and received a handful of individual accolades along the way. Despite being between the pipes for only a pair of seasons, she is currently seventh all-time in program history in saves (117), eighth in save percentage (.760), fifth in GAA (0.87), fifth in minutes (3826) and fourth in clean slates (16). Jones finished out her college career at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, registering 13 shutouts and a 1.01 GAA for the Diplomats. For the past two seasons, she has played in the W-League, being selected the 2007 Eastern Conference Goalkeeper of the Year after her rookie season with the Wildcats.

Joining Jones and the Wildcats this year is La Salle University product Kristen Hextall, someone who has been on Wildcat headman Dave Barbour’s scope since she was playing youth soccer.

“When she was younger, I coached against Kristin, and she was a phenomenal athlete even then,” he commented. “She is a strong player with sound technical ability and has progressed her talents with each year she has played. Based off what I have seen and know of her, Kristin is another player that deserves an opportunity at the next level.”

Hextall currently serves as a student assistant coach at La Salle after a well accomplished playing career there. She quickly made an impression upon the Explorers and was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team and Rookie Team after her freshman season. After an outstanding junior year that saw her lead La Salle in goals (7), assists (6) and points (20), she had her best collegiate season during her senior campaign. She tallied 36 points on 15 goals and six assists, being named to the Atlantic 10 First Team, Soccer Buzz All-Mid Atlantic Region Third Team and NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team for her efforts. For her four-year career, she finished second all-time in goals (33), points (83) and games played (78), while finishing first in shots (234), fifth in assists (17) and sixth in games started (71). Before heading to the college ranks, Hextall had a great high school career at Bishop Eustace Prep in Pennsauken, New Jersey. She won a pair of South Jersey championships (2002, 2003) and scored the game-winning goal in the 2002 state championship game. She also won a handful of club championships while playing for the Voorhees Lazers.

After debuting in March, Women’s Professional Soccer now offers the opportunity for talented W-Leaguers to play at the next level here in the United States, something that Wildcats front man Dave Barbour feels can serve as a motivator for players in the W-League.

“WPS can serve as a great motivator for players that aspire to play at the highest level,” he said. “From what I have been seeing at training, we have players here that I feel will get that opportunity.”

Already in the WPS are 14 players that suited up for the Wildcats in the past. Among the Wildcat alumnae is Kendall Fletcher (Los Angeles Sol), Bonnie Young (Chicago Red Star), Formiga (FC Gold Pride), Manya Makoski (Sol), Denise Reddy (Red Star assistant coach), Karina LeBlanc (Sol), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom), Christine Latham (Boston Breakers), Kelly Smith (Breakers), Lindsay Tarpley (Red Star), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Rebecca Moros (Freedom), Carli Lloyd (Red Star) and Maggie Tomecka (Breakers).

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2009, 05:12:35 PM »
NJ WILDCATS WIN 1-0 OVER LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS

Long Island, New York
9th May 2009

Kristin Hextall scored the lone goal in the 77th minute giving the Wildcats all they needed to get past the Long Island Rough Riders in the 2009 opener Saturday at St Anthony’s HS. Hextall kept her stride receiving a throughball up the middle from Allie D’Amico. Long Island keeper Kim Yascenda charged off her line to meet Hextall near the penalty spot. The forward from LaSalle tucked her shot neatly under the sliding keeper and inside the right post.

The Wildcats defense kept the determined Rough Riders at bay until a lapse in the 90th minute.  L.I. midfielder Brooke DeRosa found herself free just outside the penalty box. Shooting from the left, DeRosa’s line drive caught the inside of the right post and flew untouched across the face of the goal to a waiting Wildcat defender who cleared the ball away.

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