Barry women’s soccer team is now the Sunshine State Conference Champions.
Twenty-five magnificent women from all around the world came together to make Barry University a respected name in women’s soccer.
For more than three decades, Barry University has had a women’s soccer team, bringing home three national championships: 1989, 1992, and 1993.
This 2018 season, our warriors have won 17 out of their 18 games, winning by outstanding differences of 6-0, 5-0, and 4-0.
“We have never been more prepared,” said Coach Sarah Dacey, stating they are are the greatest team she has coached at Barry.
Coach Dacey joined the women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. She helped lead the team to a Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament championships as well as the NCAA Division II South Region title.
With a roster full of promising players and nine seniors on the team, Dacey feels that the reason they have gotten so far, aside from the hard work the entire team has done and their talent, is those nine seniors—Jade Adams, Antonella Monrreal, Molly Sharpe, Alyssa Lugo, Christy Grimshaw, Alissa Bello, Malanie Ziegner, Ingrid Lian, and Brittany Larosa. They have played together since their freshman year and their knowledge will be passed up and coming teammates.
Assistant Coach Nick Jaramillo, Keeper Coach Brian Galvin, and Volunteer Assistant Coach Natalie Moik are also responsible for leading the team this far.
The huge chemistry between the players both on the field and off the field is well perceived.
Brittany Larosa, an exercise psychology major, was shifted into the defensive third last season, where she made an immediate impact. She has held the same quickness and energy during the entire season, earning a place in the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll this fall.
Management major Yanny Asson from Couva, Trinidad plays in the defensive line and is known for her athleticism and technical ability to her game.
“We are actually taking it pretty seriously,” she said.
Christy Grimshaw is called “the engine of the team.” A double major in business and marketing, she is one of the team’s most valuable players. The Scottish phenomenon has score 17 goals and tallied more than nine assists this season, making her way through repeating Player of the Year two years in a row 2017-2018
Not only did the team win the title for Conference or the award for Best Player of the Year, but they received 11 All-SSC awards including Offensive Player of the Year, Molly Sharpe; Defensive Player of the Year, Jade Adams; and Coach of the Year, Coach Sarah Dacey.
“Their leadership has been outstanding,” said Dacey, referring to the seniors who will be retiring this season.