September 28, 2006

Albertus Magnus grads are together again on college soccer team

Albertus Magnus grads are together again on college soccer team  

By JOE LOMBARDI
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: September 28, 2006)

Nanuet's Suzie Peters and fraternal twins Diana and Michelle Spadaro of Stony Point have not yet played in an official Albertus Magnus soccer alumni team.

But this fall, they've been enjoying the next best thing.

The three are all key members of Catholic University's women's soccer team.

"I'm really excited it worked out this way," said Peters, a sophomore forward who has a team-leading three goals, two assists and eight points in eight games. "Once we finished high school, I thought we'd never get to play together again. But when I heard they were coming, I was excited because I knew they were good players."

The Spadaros, who are freshmen, said a big part of their decision to attend Catholic was because they wanted to attend the same school - as well as the fact that former Falcon teammate Peters was already there.

"We played with Suzie for three years in high school, and met her when we were 12 or 13," Michelle said. "It definitely helps a lot. It's kind of like a security blanket. It's comforting."

Both sisters scored the first goals of their collegiate careers in a 7-1 win over Elms in the consolation game of the Roanoke College Showcase on Sept. 3. Diana, who is 5-foot-4 and plays midfield just like her sister, had two goals in the game and was named Capital Athletic Conference women's soccer player of the week.

"It was difficult coming in as a freshmen after being used to (high school) team for last four years," said Diana, who has scored three goals so far. "It was a challenge. But you have to work extra hard to show that you deserve to be at this level. But I'm surprised at how accepting they were and how easy the transition was from college."

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