Pirates Record Holding Goalkeeper Amanda Becker Joining W-League Side
Amanda Becker will join the New Jersey Wildcats this season (Photo courtesy of Seton Hall Athletics Communication)
West Windsor, N.J. (Friday, February 6, 2009) – The New Jersey Wildcats announced today three key acquisitions for the upcoming season of play. Seton Hall products Amanda Becker, Beth Troutman and Katie Pfister will join the Wildcats when the W-League team heads to training camp this spring.
A key signing by the Wildcats is that of former Pirate goalkeeper Amanda Becker. The Aston, Pennsylvania, native put up impressive numbers throughout her entire college career, and many of her stats still remain in the SHU record books. She is the all-time record holder there with a stingy 1.21 goals against average and currently possesses the three best single-season goals against averages in school history, including an 0.75 average during her senior season of 2007. She is also second on the career saves list with 358, and she has played more minutes in net than anyone to ever don the blue and white colors of the Pirates. Her 21.4 shutouts over her four-year career also place her second on the university all-time list.
“Amanda has a good presence in goal,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour stated. “She is vocal in net and knows how to control the defense, which proves she is a leader.”
Becker was quick to express her excitement about joining the Wildcats.
“Honestly, I’m ecstatic,” Becker exclaimed. “I’m really looking forward to doing my best to bring positive things to this team. My hope is to have an extremely successful season and to do everything I can to help our team meet the goals we set for ourselves.”
Another notable acquisition for the Wildcats is midfielder Beth Troutman, who co-captained Seton Hall with Becker during their senior season in 2007. Known for her field vision and hustle, the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, native registered five goals and a pair of assists during her time for the Pirates. She commented on the comfort of playing in front of a solid netminder like Becker.
“It helps to play in front of a good goalkeeper like Becker because it gives you more confidence to be aggressive,” Troutman responded. “It spreads more confidence throughout the entire team, and you can take a more offensive approach to the game rather than having to stay back in a defensive frame of mind.”
Joining the Wildcat backline in training camp will be former Seton Hall defender Katie Pfister. The Toms River native started all four years she played for the Pirates, and she recently joined the Rutgers-Newark women’s soccer team as an assistant coach in September of 2008. Pfister received Big East Academic All-Star accolades each season in South Orange, and she also won back-to-back New Jersey state championships while playing high school soccer for Toms Rivers South.
“I am very excited to be a part of this team and all the talent it has,” Pfister said. ”After seeing the girls that came out (to tryouts), I can only see positive things and a wonderful season ahead of us.”
The New Jersey Wildcats played their debut season in the W-League in 1996 and have competed every season since. Under the guidance of then-head coach Charlie Naimo, the Wildcats compiled a 41-1 regular season record from 2004-06, winning regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while taking the W-League championship in 2005. Following the 2005 season, the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year, and Naimo won the FieldTurf W-League Coach of the Year award in 2006.
The USL W-League played its inaugural season in 1995, and it is recognized as the premiere development league for female players in North America. The schedule is set to open next May and commence in August.