The Sussex County Community College Men’s and Women’s soccer teams have scored big in landing some superb local talent for the fall.
Six outstanding male recruits will join the ranks of the men’s team in September, along with several for the women’s team. In addition, the women put another couple of goals into the net by signing two players from England.
The male recruits include:
Alejandro Patino – Newton HS, was NJ Herald Player of the Year as well as All Herald 1st team. He led the area in scoring with 20 goals.
Kevin Sosa – Newton HS, was 1st team All Herald with 12 goals this past season for his team.
Ben Armstrong – High Point HS, a strong center midfielder who helped the Wildcats clinch their league title and was named All Herald second team.
Kristian Rokosny - High Point HS, center-back who also helped the Wildcats clinch their league title.
Cody Bartsch – Vernon High School, center-back from who was named to the All Herald second team.
Jorge Cabellero – Vernon HS, where he played forward and attacking midfielder.
“As a coaching staff we are very excited by the group of local talent we have coming in from the area,” said Vernacchio. “The level that they play at and the success that they have each had at their high school teams, that is what we are looking for from them as they move on to their college careers.”
The women’s soccer team has plenty to brag about, as well. Two English players are heading here, Eden Brown from Northampton and Paige Tomlin from Luton, both outstanding players. Tomlin is a powerful, imposing center-back while Brown has played with the Northampton FC academy for several years, and has been a dominant midfielder and defender for the club.
Local standouts Gabby Sarni, Brielle Hilbert, Brittany Todd and Stephanie Ahmad will join the English women on the soccer field this fall for the current NJCAA Division I Region XIX champions.
Hilbert (Wallkill Valley) and Sarni (Kittatinny) have been local standouts for their high school teams, with Hilbert excelling in both soccer and basketball. Brittany Todd, from Wallkill Regional, is a fantastic midfielder. Stephanie Ahmad, who was a goalkeeper from Newton, is the other major recruit.
Vernacchio noted that “We worked really hard on bringing these players in to play for us. Brielle, Gabby, and Eden will add a lot to our team and we pursued them to help us achieve our goal of reaching the National Tournament this season. Each player brings something different to us and will help us reach that next level here.”
Assistant coach Mike Rath added, “Not only are these girls great players, but they also have great character. We are really excited for this upcoming season, and these three players are going to bring another dimension to our program.