Albalat, Alemany, Santin Represent Monroe College on 2018 NJCAA Div. I Women’s Soccer All-America Fi
CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 5, 2018 – Yolanda Albalat, Marta Alemanyand Maria Santin of the 2018 NJCAA Div. I Women's Soccer National Champion Monroe College Mustangs women's soccer team were all selected to the 2018 NJCAA Div. I Women's Soccer All-America First Team, as announced by the NJCAA on Wednesday. The Mustangs had the most First-Team representatives, and the second-most total All-Americans this year. Albalat, Alemany and Santin were all also picked to the 2018 All-Region XV Team two weeks ago. The three All-Americans are the most in Monroe women's soccer history. Albalat, Alemany and Santin join Christina Jean-Charles (2014) as the only First-Team All-Americans to ever represent Monroe. Albalat had an excellent sophomore season that culminated in being named the NJCAA Div. I Women's Soccer Championship Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player. A year after sharing the team lead in goals, Albalat registered a team-best 11 assists this season and finished fifth on the team with 21 total points. She excelled all over the field for Monroe, which helped her win Tournament Offensive MVP despite only totaling three points across the four-game championship tournament. She netted the Mustangs' lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Iowa Western Community College in the national semifinals, and set up the overtime winner from Angie Ponce in the Mustangs' tournament-opening 1-0 win over Butler Community College. Alemany proved herself as one of the best goalkeepers in the nation this season, and was selected as the NJCAA Div. I Women's Soccer Championship Tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player. She finished the season with a 16-0-1 record, a .821 save percentage and 0.77 goals-against average. Alemany brought her game to another level at the NJCAA Championships, allowing just two goals in four starts and over 364 minutes, while making 24 saves. Santin had a season to remember for the Mustangs in her freshman year, leading the team with 23 goals and 48 points, none more significant than the game-winning goal against Tyler in the national championship game. She scored twice during the NJCAA Championships, and totaled six goals throughout postseason play. Santin totaled four goals and an assist in a weekend against then-ranked No. 10 Monroe Community College and No. 1 Eastern Florida State, earning NJCAA Player of the Week honors. Her efforts throughout the national tournament landed her on the 2018 NJCAA Div. I Women's Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team. The Mustangs claimed the 2018 NJCAA Div. I Women's Soccer Championship this year, the team's second national title in five seasons. They finished the year unbeaten at 16-0-1. Monroe also claimed the 2018 Region XV Championship, as well as the 2018 Northeast District Championship.