Written by Vinny Messana, email@example.com Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
As a freshman, Ashlee Thompson posted an impressive season for Farmingdale State’s women soccer team. She scored 10 goals and added four assists in just 18 games. To this point, she has already exceeded those statistics. In her sophomore season, the Ronkonkoma native has 13 goals and four assists through 17 games.
Thompson has always been a standout athlete. She began playing soccer at the age of four, and also was a member of the volleyball, softball and basketball teams in middle school. Eventually, soccer became the main focus and it has brought her to Division-III SUNY Farmingdale.
The soft-spoken 2012 graduate of Sachem North has led Farmingdale to a 6-0 conference record. The Rams have captured six consecutive conference titles, but it is never a guarantee that the streak will continue. Thompson acknowledges the biggest challenges are still ahead.
“We haven’t played the best teams in the conference yet such as Old Westbury and Mount Saint Mary,” she said. “We’ve been playing well, though.”
The goal for Thompson and the Rams is to advance to the NCAA tournament and win a national championship. They certainly have the experience. Every player that is older than a freshman has already won a conference title. Last year, their season came to an abrupt end, however, in the NCAA tournament against Williams College.
“They were a very fast-paced team,” said Thompson. “I think we kept up with them but it was also difficult playing on grass.” The Rams are accustomed to playing on artificial turf, as most teams are now. It will be important that they make that adjustment this season if their season brings them to a grass-field environment.
There are only a handful of games remaining in the regular season for the Rams. They will look to secure home-field advantage in the conference playoffs which began on Nov. 2. If they are to advance further than last season, it will be vital that Thompson plays as effectively as she has to this point.