PROVIDENCE, RI – Last season the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team advanced to the finals of the GNAC Tournament. Fourth-year head coach Chris Flint hopes this year's incoming class of nine newcomers can push the Wildcats over the top.
The newest members of the JWU women's soccer team are:
Cameron Eaton, Defender (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville)
Liz Kenney, Goalkeeper (Coventry, RI/Coventry)
Sofia Lunde, Defender (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls)
Victoria Patriarca, Forward (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville)
Jordan Restivo, Forward (Utica, NY/New Hartford)
Kiley St. Francis, Midfielder (Northwood, NH/Coe-Brown Northwood Academy)
Abby Turchetta, Defender (Cranston, RI / Cranston West)
Mackenzie Willis, Forward (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge)
Emily Zeblisky, Forward (East Northport, NY/Northport)
Eaton finished her final season with a state championship as she helped Burrillville capture the 2017 title after finishing runner-up in 2016. The Broncos did not give up a goal during the playoffs on their way to the championship. Eaton was an All-Division II selection her senior year. She played for the Old School FC travel team.
In her last season, Kenney led Coventry to the semifinals of the state tournament. Named All-Division I by the coach's association, she was third in the state with 203 saves. A member of the all-state tournament team, she served as team captain. Kenney played for the Bruno United FC travel team.
Lunde is the latest Wildcat women's soccer player from the Baltimore-Washington DC area. As a sophomore, she collected All-Conference 14 honors. Her senior year she helped Potomac Falls to the Region 5C Finals. Lunde was a member of the Super Y national championship team in 2015 and played for the Washington Spirit travel team.
Patriarca was also a member of the Burrillville championship team last year. A two-time RIIL All-Division II player, she led the Broncos in scoring her final two seasons. Patriarca scored 36 goals during her prep career, including 20 as a junior when she was an all-tournament selection during the state championship. She also joined Eaton on the Old School FC team.
Restivo progressively improved throughout her career that culminated with All-State honors her senior year. In addition, she was named Mohawk Valley Female Athlete of the Year out of over 1,000 student-athletes from 31 schools. She finished her tenure with 44 goals and 19 assists. The Tri-Valley League Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore, she earned a trio of all-conference honors and was the 2016 Tri-Valley League Player of the Year. Restivo was a two-time Mohawk Valley First-Team All-Star and a member of the 2017 All-CNY All-Star Team. She also excels on the lacrosse field where she earned First-Team All-Tri-Valley honors after scoring 60 goals her senior year. Restivo played for the Coliseum travel team.
St. Francis capped a great last season with Second-Team Division II New Hampshire All-State honors. She was also selected for the New Hampshire Lions Cup. A four-year varsity starter, she set the single-season record for goals (22) and assists (12). St. Francis served as captain her senior season and earned the Outstanding Contribution Award.
Another local product, Turchetta was a First-Team All-Division I selection by the Rhode Island Coaches Association her senior year. She served as team captain her last three years at Cranston West. Turchetta was a member of the Bayside FC travel team.
Twice Willis earned the Old Bridge Offensive Player of the Year Award, including her senior campaign when she scored 13 goals and added 10 assists. She also earned a pair of Red Division All-Star selections and was a member of the All-Greater Middlesex Conference team her senior season. She helped Old Bridge to a share of the GMC title and a semifinal appearance in the regional tournament. Willis played for the Match Fit Academy travel team.
Zeblisky helped Northport High School win a pair of Suffolk Class AA championships and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NYSPHSAA championship. She was named the Suffolk championship game MVP as a senior. Zeblisky played for the Brentwood Blaze travel team.
Going into the fall, Johnson & Wales returns two of the top three goal scorers in the GNAC – senior Deja Hursey and 2017 GNAC Rookie of the Year Olivia Cairrao. All-New England selection Kali Trunca heads up the back line and junior goalkeeper Colleen Lynch led the GNAC last year with a 0.65 goals against average.