Kevin Correa transferred after amazing season
Kevin Correa had an historic season with the St. Francis Terriers last season as he led the team to its first Northeast Conference championship in 15 years and was their first All-American since 1989. However, the Flushing star won’t be playing soccer in Brooklyn Bridge Park next season as Kevin Correa transferred to New Mexico.
“I got a chance to watch (New Mexico) in the NCAA Tournament the last few years, and I really liked the way they played,” Correa said in a statement released by New Mexico. “The style of play really fits my skills and is a fun way to play the game: attacking to get the ball back (on defense) and then transitioning and attacking on offense. It’s a great program with a great tradition.”
“I’m going to come in and work hard,” he added. “It’s not about me. It’s about the team. Anything I can do to help the team get a win is what I’ll do. I’m going to work hard and lead by example.”
Correa made the announcement himself on Facebook back on July 3rd when he posted a photo the New Mexico logo with his name and new No. 9 with the caption, “Excited for this new challenge.” St. Francis obviously didn’t send out a press release to announce that its best player was leaving the team so people didn’t start to take notice until it was announced that he was one of 32 players named to the Missouri Athletic Club Germann Trophy men’s Watch List.
New Mexico certainly gives Correa a little extra clout as it has been ranked fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America men’s Division-I preseason poll. It also appears that he has gained an extra year of eligibility out of this as he is once again listed as a junior on New Mexico’s website.
Correa scored 13 goals and added six assists for the Terriers last year as he finished sixth in the NCAA in points per game with 1.68, eighth in total points, 32, and ninth in total goals. He went into beast-mode during the NEC playoffs last year as he scored four goals in two games for the Terriers.
I can’t say that I’m happy that this great talent is leaving Brooklyn, as Correa was probably one of the best athletes at any level in any sport in the borough, but this does seem like a better situation for him so I’m excited to see him in a better position for himself. After dominating in the NEC playoffs last year there wasn’t much left for him to prove anyway. Good luck, Kevin.