In a season that could have gone either way, there was one definite that came from the 2019 Dukes Women's Soccer season. That definite is that the future is bright for the program as they entered the season with a pair of leaders that led Cumberland to the brink of a postseason run. Freshmen Kendra Stipes and Alexandria 'Allie' Patitucci are the foundation of that bright future for head coach Rob Polk and their 2019 seasons did not go unnoticed. Stipes received Region XIX 2nd-Team All-Region honors for her record-breaking season while Patitucci earned 3rd-Team honors.
Kendra Stipes - Freshman - Cumberland Regional HS
Kendra had a spectacular freshman season where she entered the RCSJ-Cumberland record books. The 'Do-It-All' forward from Bridgeton, NJ broke the single-season record for goals and the all-time record for goals scored during the 2019 season by scoring 18 goals. She added three assists to bring her points total to 39.
Look for Stipes to have a strong 2020 as she raises the bar for Dukes Women's Soccer.
Allie Patitucci - Freshman - Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Moved to the back line for the Dukes, Allie turned into one of the toughest defenders in Region XIX. Not afraid of contact, Patitucci was instrumental in keeping Cumberland in many of the games in 2019 with game saving plays on the defensive end. With freshmen all over the field and a first year goalkeeper in net, Allie's willingness to cover sideline to sideline was crucial for the Dukes postseason hopes in which they would lose 4 games by two goals or less, victories that would have put them in the postseason. In addition to her defensive role, Patitucci was able to score 7 goals and tally 2 assists on the year.
Expect Patitucci to build on her impressive 2019 season with a memorable 2020.