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ARIEL SALAMAN, CLASS OF 2021, COMMITS TO COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND!



 

Team: G02/03 Black

Number of Years at Copa: 8

HS: East Brunswick High School

HS Honors: County Championship, Conference Championship, Honor Roll

Coaches at Copa: Coach Craig Stolarski, Coach Sherwin John, Coach Steve Lengen, Coach Roberto Aguas, Coach Lori Berman

College Attending: College of Staten Island

Conference: East Coast Conference

Anticipated Major: Early Childhood Education


Quote about a specific coach: Throughout my 8 years at FC Copa I have had many amazing coaches. Among them are coaches Craig Stolarski, Sherwin John, Steve Lengen, Roberto Aguas, Lori Berman. Each of them taught me so many different aspects of the game of soccer. The great thing about FC Copa is how all of the coaching staff will take the opportunity to help an athlete improve their knowledge and skills whether or not they are your instructed coach or not.


What are your most memorable moments or experiences at FC Copa Academy?

One of the most memorable moments I have at FC Copa is when my team won State Cup to take us to nationals in Colorado. It was a huge accomplishment for my team members and I. I will always remember how excited and happy we were when the last whistle blew ending the game. The smiles and screams of happiness is something that I will never forget.


How did FC Copa Academy help you become the player you are today?

FC Copa has not only improved my soccer skills but have increased my soccer IQ greatly. Soccer is not just about technical skills, it has a lot to do with your confidence and mental strength. With the help of FC Copa I was able to grow as a player.


How did FC Copa Academy help you get into the college program you will be attending?

With the amazing coaching staff and exposure the club provides I was able to impress the CSI women's soccer coach and secure a spot on the team beginning fall 2021.


Share your thoughts and experiences on the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa Academy.

With the help of FC Copa I was able to get the right amount of exposure and learn how to communicate with college coaches.


What advice would you give to future FC Copa Academy athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process?

Some advice I have for the athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process is to make sure you create a list of schools you are interested in and email the coaches early on. You do not want to leave it till late junior year or early senior year to start getting your name out there. Also it is very helpful if you create a highlight film that you can send to the coaches so they can have an idea of how you play.



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