By Cameron Hurst '20
Athletics Communications Intern
When beginning one's freshman year, it never hurts to know an upperclassmen or two to make the transition a little bit easier.
For Webster, N.Y. natives senior Brittany Tubiolo, junior Marley Jarvis, and sophomore Maddie Mason, however, being able to know and play with someone from home has established a key comfort level in their growth as members of the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team.
Growing up and playing together from a young age has created "a sisterhood" between the trio.
"At first I did not think we would be playing together," said Mason a physical education major. "It just happened that we all really liked St. Bonaventure and I am really glad that it happened the way it did."
"(Mason) was actually the person who walked me out on my senior day in high school," said Tubiolo, a biology major. "I thought my last game that year would be the last time I played on the same team with the two of them, but I'm very glad it wasn't."
Jarvis also recalled fond, early memories with her two teammates.
"I've played with (Tubiolo) since I was 10 years old old, but I met Madison when we started swimming together when I was 8," Jarvis, a sports studies major, said explaining that Mason's mom actually taught her how to swim in the family's backyard. "I played with (Tubiolo and Mason) each for three years. We've created a bond that can't be broken."
Located just east of Rochester, Webster Thomas High School graduates approximately 360 students each year and since opening its doors in 2001, Scott Brown has served as the only girls soccer coach.
Brown, a teacher at Spry Middle School in the Webster Central School District, continues to speak very highly of three former players, he believes, set the bar high during their careers as Titans.
"These three ladies helped transform our program into one that continues to earn respect from the community and other soccer programs," said Brown. "They have set a standard that I hope to continue to develop in future players."
During the span of their individual tenures, Webster Thomas amassed sectional titles in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 while also making two trips to the state finals in 2010 and 2012.
When the time came to decide where to continue her playing career come her senior year of high school, Tubiolo turned to a former teammate, friend, and Bonnie in former women's soccer player, Lauren Hill, also a Webster Thomas alumna, for guidance. Tubiolo had played a year of high school soccer with Hill.
"She helped me make my decision to come to St. Bonaventure," said Tubiolo. "I was able to play two years of soccer with Lauren here at St. Bonaventure as well."
After hearing about St. Bonaventure from Hill, Jarvis also became interested and stayed with her on an overnight recruiting visit.
St. Bonaventure women's soccer head coach Steve Brdarski also credits Hill for establishing this Webster Thomas-St. Bonaventure connection.
"When I first came to SBU, [Hill] was a freshman and talked about her high school team and her area. She would recommend players, and always give support in talking about them."
Tubiolo, Jarvis, and Mason were on that recommendation list.
"I think when each stepped foot on campus, they brought a great sense of pride for Rochester and wanting to become a Bonnie," Brdarski said of the girls. "I was impressed with their attitude, character, and felt like they understood what kind of home Bona's would be."
The players also praised Brdarski, who truly has helped take their game to the next level.
"Coach Steve has taught me how to show confidence on the field and to play through adversity," said Tubiolo. "He has a big heart and has created a family atmosphere among the team."
Added Mason, "He has really created a family like community with the women's team. He really has created an environment here at Bonaventure that I could never leave. He makes me want to continue to play soccer and try to succeed and be a leader every time I step on the field."
While the girls are proud of the legacy they have left at Webster Thomas and the legacy they are paving at St. Bonaventure, they are aware that their work is not done.
On their list of goals include making the Atlantic 10 Tournament and playing their hardest for the senior on the team, which include Tubiolo, who will graduate this year with nothing but happy memories.
Happy memories that include playing with some of her lifelong friends.
"Playing at St. Bonaventure has been an experience that I wouldn't trade for the world," she said. "I've met some of my best friends on this team, and I've gotten to play the sport I love with some of the people I grew up with."
And, while Brdarski loves that all three have similarities in coming from the same area, it is their differences that he believes makes a successful team dynamic.
"I think that is one of the great things, at times you get players that come from the same situation and they bring the same qualities," he said. "Brittany, Marley, and Maddie have lots in common, but it's what makes them different that our team really benefits from."
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