EDISON, NJ -- Antonella Doglio of Carteret, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, thanked her teammates, coaches and family when she signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career at Marywood University, a Division 3 program in Scranton, PA.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge senior was joined at the signing ceremony in the school’s Admission Conference Room by her parents, Marcos and Silvia, older sister Fiorella ’16, who plays soccer at New Jersey Institute of Technology, W+H head coach Mike Romeo and athletic director Karl Miran.
“It’s very exciting,” Antonella said. “Ever since I was a little girl playing soccer, my goal was to either go professional or to play in college.”
Antonella has taken that next step with the help of many – supportive parents who love nothing more than watching her practice and play, coaches who have motivated and guided her development as a player and leader, and teammates who have become like a second family.
A four-year starter for the Rams, Antonella became the rock in the center midfield in the past few seasons. A versatile and physical player, Antonella emerged as a leader and took her role of captain very seriously.
“I learned about the connection you need to have with the players on your team. It was more about bonding. It’s OK to have fun and let loose as long as when you step on the field you’re serious and ready to play to win,” Antonella said.
Antonella is looking forward to making a similar impact at Marywood. She prefers center mid but will play any position, with the exception of goalkeeper, to make her mark on the college pitch. W+H veteran head coach Mike Romeo has full confidence in her continued growth.
“Antonella can take her game and transform it to the college level. She sets the pace and controls the game,” Romeo said. “She’s very advanced technically but also is able to match everybody physically on the field. She puts it all together.”