Victoria Ramirez of the women’s soccer team was named Player of the Week by CUNY, for the week of September 12-18. Ramirez has helped the Bulldogs to a 5-5-2 record on the year, holding the number one spot in CUNYAC. Brooklyn also remains undefeated at home and in the CUNYAC competition.
Ever since she was four years old, Ramirez has enjoyed soccer, her competitive drive is what motivates her every time she steps foot on the field. Even during her time in Monsignor McClancy High School, she has been a standout player. She was a four-time MVP in both her soccer and track team.
So how did a Long Island resident end up in a Bulldogs uniform? “I was contacting Coach Horne from Brooklyn and John Jay, but the teaching major is better here,” she said. In fact, it was the education department at Brooklyn College that steered the 18-year-old away from becoming a John Jay Bloodhound.
From the start of the season, the team struggled adjusting to the changes of roster, dropping its first three games. Although after getting comfortable with one another on the field, the team seemed to have gelled after the third game, winning its following four games.
“It’s a team effort. As a team we started working more together which was better because I got the ball more up front,” said Ramirez. “Everyone works as a team to get the ball moving forward. We all got better at working together, which helped me score.”
It’s no surprise the transition from high school competition to CUNY competition derailed Ramirez at the start of the season. “The running is a lot more intense and the competition is way more intense too,” she said. The transition doesn’t seem to faze the freshman anymore, as she’s quickly become the team’s leading scorer with five goals on the season.
Dressed in all Brooklyn Bulldogs sportswear, Ramirez’s early success doesn’t seem to have an end in sight, “I just like scoring goals. Being the top leading scorer motivates me, and breaking records.”