Roxbury High School had two more senior athletes, Ashleigh Sarafin and Bethany Sansone, sign letters of intent this morning at the school. The signing ceremony was due to take place on Wednesday but due to a snow day and delayed opening, this wasn’t possible.
Both women surrounded by family and teammates committed to play soccer in the fall. Sarafin will be taking her skills to upstate New York to Siena College while Sansone will be attending New Haven University in CT.
Two Lady Gaels Sign Letters of Intent
Stu Mason, Roxbury’s Athletic Director shared that “It’s another great day to be Gael!”
Each touched on experiences they had while playing the sport and the friends they have made along the way.
“Playing soccer for Roxbury High School was probably one of the greatest experiences I’ve had so far in life. Growing up playing this sport has taught me so much and has given me forever, best friends. I’m thankful to Justin Renna for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to play on Varsity my freshman year. It was scary and exciting at the same time,” explained Sarafin.
Adding, “Throughout my years at RHS, I have played with some very talented girls. We have had tremendous chemistry and have been very successful as a team. In the four years, we’ve won 61 games, three Morris County Championships, one State Sectional Title, and one NJAC Conference Championship.”
Sarafin leaves Roxbury having scored 48 goals, 4th all-time for RHS, 31 assists, 3rd all-time, and 127 total points, 6th overall.
“It has been a wild ride and I am grateful for the time I’ve had as a Gael. When I finally played the last high school game with my best friends, we all cried.”
Sansone echoed Sarafin’s sentiments saying, “Roxbury High School soccer was truly an unforgettable experience. Getting the chance to play for my school, in front of my peers, and with my best friends is a feeling I will never forget. The game of soccer has taught me so much about perseverance, leadership, competitiveness, camaraderie, team building, and so much more. I was really fortunate to have a great coach in Justin Renna. He always pushed me hard to be competitive, tough as nails, to work my butt off and encouraged me to play at high levels all the time. He also pushed me out of my comfort zone and to play roles that I wasn’t always accustomed to. Whether my team needed a defensive midfielder, aerial ball winner, creative link up, an attacker or a motivational leader, I was glad to take on the challenge. Playing with my teammates will forever be a long-lasting memory.”
Some of those memories shared by Sarafin included “all the morning practices, team room jams, bus rides, county breakfasts, and state dinners. They are all over and high school soccer is just a memory now.”
“Our chemistry on and off the field was unbreakable. We always believed in each other and fought hard for one another. I was honored to have a great team that played the game at such a high level for high school soccer. From our thrilling wins to our heartbreaking loses, I will always cherish every memory Roxbury High School soccer has given me,” reflected Sansone.
Each extended their thanks to their teammates, coaches, and families for helping them get to this spot.
Sansone noted, “I am so thankful for my coaches, teammates, and parents that shaped my love and skill of soccer. It’s hard to say goodbye to being a Gael but I’m excited to continue my education and soccer career at the University of New Haven!”
“I am sincerely thankful too to all my teammates and coaches for making me the player I am. I am thrilled to be continuing my soccer career at Siena College but sad to leave Roxbury. I will forever remember this amazing experience,” added Sarafin.
Coach Justin Renna reflected on both Gaels soccer careers in Roxbury.
“Ashleigh was a four-year Varsity player for RHS. During her time at RHS, she played a major part in our attack as a forward who had the ability to create goals for herself and others, often in our programs’ biggest games. Ashleigh grew as both a player and leader in our program en route to becoming one of our program’s all-time assist leaders and goal scorers. She will miss her both as a leader on the field and in the team room but we wish her continued success at Siena this fall.”
Adding, “Bethany was a three-year player for RHS and during her time, she served as one of our main players in the center of the midfield. Bethany’s versatility to play both defending and attacking center midfield allowed us to adjust with great flexibility and success. Her ability to playmaker from anywhere in the midfield always made her a scoring threat. We will miss Bethany’s leadership too both on the field and in the team room. We wish her continued success at the University of New Haven.”
These two, along with their teammates received their New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship plaques after the signing.
Another Roxbury Senior, Samantha Geraci signed her letter of intent with Kutztown University’s Division 2 Women’s soccer program on Thursday at Driven.