Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville women's soccer team displayed a dominant defense throughout the entire 2018 season with sophomore defender Dominique Riforgiato at the center of it.
The second-year center back has been one of the best in the AMCC and a leader in the back for the women. D'Youville has recorded seven shutouts this season with their most recent coming in the first round of the AMCC playoffs where Riforgiato and the women defeated the Franciscan Barons 2-0.
In their final game of the season, D'Youville held the conference runner-up Mount Aloysius Mounties to one goal over 90 minutes. Mount Aloysius is the third highest scoring team in the conference. Dominique was part of a defense that allowed just five shots on goal in the game and has been at the top of their game in conference play.
Defense was the calling card for the Spartans throughout the season and Riforgiato was a big reason for the team's success. All six of the team's wins this season have come via shutout and Dom is a major presence in the back line. She has the ability to win a ball in the air, stop a one-on-one attack, mark opponents, clear the ball, and dribble the ball out of the back.
In her two-year career, Riforgiato has started every game of her career. She is 38 for 38 for games played and games started, showing that as a freshman to now and the future, Dom is at the heart of the defense.
Prior to her time at D'Youville, Dom attended Fredonia High School. She played for Black Watch Premier and at D'Youville is an ESS/DPT major.