BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's soccer team will welcome seven new faces to the field for the 2018 campaign with Amber Argubie (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard), Caitlyn Bryant (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods), Megan Chun (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), Danielle Fuentes (Rockville Md./Magruder), Arielle Kaplan (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan), Olivia Paolucci (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), and Laura Ventura (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel).
Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard
Four-year varsity player at Quince Orchard High School… Helped lead the Cougars to the Maryland 4A semifinals… Earned the Minds in Motion all four years… Played club soccer for Bethesda Blue, Bethesda ENCL, and Bethesda Tempo ENCL … Was a three-year member of the honor roll… Acted as the secretary of the American Sign Language Honors Society… Daughter of Ferrari and Saliha Argubie… Has four siblings, Yasmine, Noah, Sireen, and Aliya… Yasmine currently plays soccer at Montgomery College… Plans on studying to be a physical therapist.
Why Argubie chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because this school has great programs on what I want to major in and the distance is close to home."
Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods
Played under Kimmy Moss at Briar Woods High School… Scored 16 goals and had four assists in 16 games played for the Falcons… Led Virginia 5A North Conference 14 in goals scored… First-team All-conference Virginia High School League selection in 2017… Also a VHSL first-team All-Region and second-team All-State selection… In the Virginia 5A Conference 14 High School Playoffs, scored four goals and tallied one assist against Brooke Point… Played club soccer for FC Virginia United Elite '00… Helped the team win the Jefferson Cup in 2016… Earned an academic letter for earning a school year GPA of 3.7 or higher… Daughter of Doug and Tracy Bryant… Has one brother Nick, who plays soccer at SMU… Plans on studying biology with career ambitions to be a doctor.
Why Bryant chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of its location and STEM courses, and a former teammate plays on the women's soccer team."
Clarksville, Md./River Hill
Two-time captain for Brian Song at River Hill High School… Finished her high school career with 25 goals and 40 assists… Helped lead the Hawks to three 2A state championship titles… Was a two-time first-team All-County selection… Also a two-time first-team All-Metro honoree… In 2017, was named first-team All-State… Also earned Esmark All-American honors… Played club soccer for Bethesda SC… Daughter of James and Sue Chun… Has one brother, Peter… dad played professional sports in South Korea… Plans on studying business with career ambitions to be a commercial real estate agent.
Why Chun chose UMBC: "I know I wanted to stay local and UMBC offers every aspect I was looking for in a school to further my soccer career and do well academically."
Four-year varsity player under David Shaffer at Magruder High School… In 2016, broke the Magruder record for most goals scored in a season and most goals in a career… Was awarded team MVP in 2016 and Best Attacker in 2014… Helped Magruder to Region finals… Currently plays club soccer for FC Bordeaux USA with future teammates Olivia Paolucci and Laura Ventura… Was called up to practice with the Bordeaux Feminines First Team in France… Played club soccer with Bethesda ECNL, helping the team to a state cup and a #1 ranking… Also played basketball in high school… Was a three-time honor roll student… Would like to study business or environmental science.
Why Fuentes chose UMBC: "I decided to go to UMBC because it was close to home but I loved their soccer program, the campus, and their facilities. UMBC was the best fit for me and when I visited I saw myself going there."
Played under Richard Garretson at Manalapan High School… Finished her high school career with 53 goals and 31 assists… As a senior led her conference with 21 goals… Helped lead the Braves to a conference title as a sophomore… Also played basketball and lacrosse… Daughter of Adam and Holli Kaplan… Has two brothers, twin Alec, and Andrew… Plans on studying education with career ambitions to be a special education teacher.
Why Kaplan chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because I loved the campus and all the girls on the team."
Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel
Played for Jim Bruno at Our Lady of Good Counsel with teammate Laura Ventura… Was named a captain in her senior year… Also earned Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Honorable Mention in 2018… Was awarded the NCAA United Soccer Coaches Senior Excellence Award… Helped lead the Falcons to a state championship in 2015… Played club soccer for FC Bordeaux USA with Ventura and future teammate Danielle Fuentes… Helped lead her team to four championships… Was a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society in high school… Daughter of James and Michele Paolucci… Has one brother, Dominic… Would like to pursue a career in the health field.
Why Paolucci chose UMBC: "UMBC is the perfect fit for me, as it is what I've been looking for academically and athletically."
Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel
Played for Jim Bruno at Our Lady of Good Counsel with teammate Olivia Paolucci… Was a member of the Falcons' state championship team in 2015… Played club soccer for MSC Panthers and FC Bordeaux USA, with Paolucci and future teammate Danielle Fuentes… Helped lead FC Bordeaux to four championships... Was a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society in high school… Was also a St. Mary's Scholar… Daughter of Jose Ventura and Maria Pena… has one sister, Anais, who plays soccer at Frostburg State… Plans on studying biology.
Why Ventura chose UMBC: "I selected UMBC because of its campus atmosphere and diverse student body. UMBC's undergraduate focus measures up to that of the most selective schools in the United States, giving its students the resources they need to be successful in their studies."