NORTON, Mass. – Former Wheaton College women's soccer standout Alessia Viscomi '11 will compete in the 2011 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Semifinals as a member of the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves this Saturday, July 30 in Chicago, Ill.
The Aztec Breakers own an 8-2-3 mark and will face the Orange County Waves (11-1-0) at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex at 1 p.m. central time. Led by head coach Ebbie Kodiat, the Boston Aztec is a minor league affiliate for the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) comprised of women from around the country working to make the Breakers roster. The Breakers loan players to the Aztec as needed to gain playing time and experience.
"After finishing up my last season at Wheaton with head coach (Luis) Reis, I knew 'hanging up my cleats' was not an option," said Viscomi. "Coach Reis generously helped me reach out to the Boston Breakers reserve squad coached by Ebbie Kodiat, in hopes that I would be able to have a tryout. A few months into training, I was told I would be signed to the team. Now, we're in Chicago at the final four, which has been an unbelievable experience! I am so honored to be a part of this team and to have the opportunity to continue playing competitively after four unforgettable years at Wheaton. I've followed the Aztecs since I was a young girl, so it's extra special for me to be a part of their reserve squad."
A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America selection (2008, 2010), Viscomi graduated this past May as one of the most decorated athletes in Wheaton history. She guided the team to four NCAA Tournament berths during her time in Norton and advanced to the second round on three occasions. Individually, she was named to both the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference Team and the NSCAA All-New England squad all four years she dawned the blue & white. Viscomi was also named to the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England Team three times (2008-10).
"I told Alessia before she left 'Who cares what division the other players played in college? Go into the tryouts with confidence!'" said Wheaton head women's soccer coach Luis Reis. "I reminded her who the starting center fielder for the San Diego Padres was - none other than Wheaton College's own Chris Denorfia. She's very persistent and is having a great experience playing for the Aztecs."
In the other semifinal, the Chicago Red Stars (10-1-0) take on the Tampa Bay Hellenic (10-1-1) at 3 p.m. CT. The winners will play in the WPSL National Final on Sunday, July 31 at 1 p.m. CT.
The WPSL is a 60-plus team semi-pro national league for the summer of 2011.The league consists of five conferences and is the largest women's soccer league in the world. For more information, visit the WPSL website at http://www.wpsl.info/.