Feb. 19, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
On Tuesday, February 19 Providence College women's soccer player Jenna Roncarati (Cumberland, R.I.) announced that she will be joining Afturelding FC in Iceland upon graduation. Roncarati is the first women's soccer player from the college to play professionally.
As a member of Afturelding FC, Roncarati will compete in the Uravalsdeild kvenna, which is the premier women's soccer league in Iceland. Afturelding is one of 10 teams in the league which plays a double round robin schedule to determine the champion. The league champion qualifies for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
The Icelandic sports club is located in the town of Mosfellsbaer which lies north of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Games are played at Varmarvollur in Mosfellsbaer and the club also has its own turf pitch which is used in the winters. In addition the club has a large training facility in Tungubakkar.
Roncarati joins Afturelding after serving as a four year starter for Providence. Roncarati started all 18 games that the Friars competed in their 2012 season. The defender helped her team to three shutout victories, including a 4-0 win over Lehigh (8/31), a 2-0 win over St. John's (9/13) and a 1-0 win over DePaul (10/1). Roncarati helped limit opponents to 11.8 shots per game. Roncarati finished her senior season with one point on one assist which came in the Friars 3-1 victory over Army. For her accomplishments in 2012, Roncarati was named All-BIG EAST Second Team and earned All-Northeast Third Team accolades. In addition, Roncarati was selected to compete in the NEWISA Senior Bowl.
Roncarati has found her place in the history books at Providence, as the only Friar defender to earn post-season recognition from the league. She was a two-time All-BIG EAST Third Team selection in 2010 and 2011, and an All-Rookie Team honoree in 2009. Roncarati is the only Friar in program history to earn All-BIG EAST honors multiple times as a member of the First, Second or Third Team.