(This story appeared in the November 6th issue of The Stall, the student run newspaper of Brookdale Community College.)
The Jersey Blues Women’s Soccer team defeated Union County by a score of 6-0 on Saturday, Nov. 1st in the Region Tournament. They have clinched back-to-back Region XIX Championships with the victory.
“It feels amazing to win back to back region titles,” Head Coach Katie Miller said. “The student-athletes have worked so hard all season for this.”
Sophomores Caroline Duerr (forward) and Amanda Anastasia (defender) led the attack for the Blues. Duerr, who was the tournament’s offensive MVP, scored two goals and had an assist on the day while Anastasia was named defensive MVP.
“Caroline and Amanda embody the true essence of what it means to be a leader,” Coach Miller said. “They both have different styles, but get the job done. Caroline is a forward and leads the team in goals. Amanda is the sweeper (last defender) and has done a tremendous job back there, stopping many goal scoring opportunities for our opponents. Both players are enthusiastic and are constantly supporting their teammates on and off the field.”
The team now returns to the National Tournament, which they won a year ago. Coach Miller says that this year’s team is different from last year’s.
“Each team has its own personality. This squad has gelled together quite nicely since the summer. We have a great balance of sophomores and freshmen on the team who continue to make each other better. They love to laugh and work hard. It’s a great combo!”
The team was pre-ranked nationally as the number one team in the country according to the NJCAA rankings and they have remained number one all season long. While it is an accomplishment to be proud of, Coach Miller says that her team does not worry about things like that and just takes it one game at a time.
“I do not focus the team’s attention on rankings or standings. We focus on one game at a time and spend a lot of time perfecting the basics/fundamentals of the game. Being number one all season long is the result of hard work, determination, and dedication.”
The National tournament is set to begin on Thursday, Nov. 13th and will be hosted by Ocean County College. Brookdale will face Anne Arundel Community College at 10:00 a.m. in the first round of the tournament.
“I anticipate competitive soccer games,” Coach Miller said when asked about the National Tournament. “I think we are going to match-up with each team evenly. But again, we will take one game at a time.”