WINTHROP, Mass. — Earning the GNAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year award is becoming a rite of passage at Johnson & Wales University. Jordan Restivo became the fourth-straight to win the award as announced by the league office on Monday.
In addition to the top rookie honor, Restivo was one of six Wildcats named to the GNAC all-conference teams. Earning a first-team selection was midfielder Olivia Cairrao and defender Kayla Juliana. Second-Team All-GNAC honors went to Restivo and defender Kali Trunca. Forward Deja Hursey and midfielder Molly McCormack were third-team honorees.
The Utica, NY native Restivo leads all GNAC freshmen with 28 points, ranking her fourth overall. Her 10 goals are sixth in the GNAC, second amongst freshmen. Twice named GNAC Rookie of the Week, she scored a goal in her collegiate debut and had four goals versus Anna Maria.
For the second year in a row, Cairrao has been one of the top scorers in the GNAC. Last year's Rookie of the Year, she ranks second with 15 goals and third at 33 points. The Bristol, RI native is second in the league with four game-winning goals. Named GNAC Player of the Week on October 29, she has five multi-goal games including two against Colby-Sawyer in the GNAC Quarterfinals.
Juliana played in 21 matches, making 18 starts. A native of Freehold, NJ, she is key member of a JWU backline that only allowed 1.25 goals per game and 0.75 during GNAC play. She also helps start the offense out of back line.
Trunca has been the leader of the JWU defense the last three years. The Litchfield, NH native marks the opposing team's top offensive player every match. She played in 19 matches with 14 starts. Trunca contributed to the offense with a pair of assists.
Hursey is just the third player in program history to earn All-GNAC honors all four years of her career. Limited this year due to injuries, Hursey still ranks in the top 20 in goals. With two goals in the GNAC semifinals, the Columbia, Md. native finished her career third all-time in school history for goals and points.
A native of Livingston, NJ, McCormack played in all 22 matches with 20 starts. She's a talented two-way player who contributes on both ends of the field. McCormack helps start the offense out of the midfield.
Head coach Chris Flint will have to replace seven seniors off this year's team, but brings back his top three goal scorers for the 2019 season.