Tribe Men's Soccer Tradition
Updated: Monday 01/01/1999 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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The 2015 season will celebrate the 50th anniversary for men's soccer. In 1967, the team's third year of existence and in its first as a varsity sport, W&M defeated George Washington, 2-1, for the first victory in school history. That win was the first of more than 450 to come for a school that was destined to be a hotbed of college soccer.

The groundwork was laid in the early 1970s when Al Albert, a 1969 graduate of the College, returned to his alma mater to teach and coach soccer. The program began to take off in 1975, Albert's fifth year at the helm. That season the Tribe went 9-4-1, beginning a streak of 30-consecutive winning seasons, the sixth-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. Just one year later, in 1976, the Tribe won 10 matches for the first time, a feat that was repeated each of the next 25 years. Albert retired following the 2003 season as just the eighth coach in NCAA Division I history to compile 400 victories. As head coach, he led William and Mary to 401 of the program's 474 wins. Albert ranks 18th all-time in NCAA career victories, while sitting ninth on the Division I career victories list.

Wins alone do not give a school national prominence. That came in 1980 when W&M advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Since then, the Tribe has gone to 13 more NCAA events, including 11 trips in the last 18 seasons (1992-93, 1995-2000, 2002, 2008, and 2010). The Tribe also advanced to the NCAA Tournament during both the 1983 and 1987 seasons. W&M won the ECAC-South title in 1983, the CAA tournament in 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, and 2010 and the CAA regular season crown in 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2010.

In 2004, W&M soccer took another step forward with the construction of a grass facility, Albert-Daly Field. Initiated with a $500,000 challenge grant from Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ukrop, the new field was crucial in improving the Tribe's chances to host top-quality teams and NCAA Tournament games in Williamsburg. Despite the tremendous success of Tribe soccer, the men had been forced to play their last 15 NCAA Tournament matches on the road or at a neutral site because of the lack of an enclosed grass field on campus.

Finally in 2008, William and Mary hosted its first NCAA Tournament game when the Tribe took on the Winthrop Eagles in the first round. In frigid conditions, the College used its new-found home-filed advantage to defeat Winthrop, 3-1, and advance into the second round of the tournament to face defending National Champion and No. 1-seeded Wake Forest. In that game, the Tribe gave the Demon Deacons all they could handle, forcing the game into overtime. But the Green and Gold would eventually fall to the national semi-finalists, 1-0, in the extra frame. Despite the setback, the Tribe had once again shown that it would continue to be force on the national level.

Besides having strong team records, many W&M individuals have been standouts on the pitch. 10 players have been named All-Americans on 14 occasions, 13 have international playing experience with various national teams and numerous others have received conference, state and regional honors. In the summer of 1994, goalkeeper Paul Grafer started for the U.S. Olympic Team on its tour of Chile. In 1997, W&M alum Wade Barrett played with the U.S. under-20 team. All-American goalkeeper Adin Brown joined the list of W&M players to garner international experience, playing on the U.S. under-23 squad and with the U.S. Olympic and Pan-American Games teams.

Brown played a key role in helping the U.S. Under-23 national team to a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan-American Games. He started three matches during the tournament, and posted a shutout. Although he was the starting goalkeeper throughout qualifying for the 2000 Olympics, Brown missed the final competition due to injury.

Barrett also earned his first international cap with the U.S. Senior National Team on Nov. 17, 2002. He played the entire 90 minutes at left back against El Salvador at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Barrett made a return to the National Team roster in 2005, and earned a cap playing for the squad in 2007 as well.

Since 1978, a total of 30 Tribe players have gone on to play professionally, whether it be in the U.S. or overseas. Seven players (Barrett, Brown, Scott Budnick, Grafter, Andrew Hoxie, Steve Jolley, and Alan Koger) enjoyed playing careers in Major League Soccer (MLS). Barrett, Brown and Jolley were all taken in the first round of the MLS Draft, with Brown being drafted the highest at No. 3 in 2000. Jolley, who retired in 2006, spent 10 years in the MLS, while Barrett was an eight-year league vet. In 2010, Hoxie was selected in the third round by the San Jose Earthquake while Koger was taken in the third round in 2011 by the New England Revolution.

Jolley, who played for five teams during his 10 seasons, capped his MLS career with 227 games, 18,638 minutes and 12 goals. He earned an All-Star nod during the 2001 season, while playing for the New York-New Jersey Metrostars. Barrett, who spent two years playing in the top leagues in Denmark and Norway, plays for the Houston Dynamo. In 2002, he won a MLS Championship with the San Jose Earthquakes, while also earning league All-Star and MLS Best XI honors. He captained Houston to back-to-back MLS titles in 2006 and 2007. Brown played five seasons with the MLS, totaling 93 games and 20 shutouts, including the playoffs over his career. He has spent the last three seasons with Aalesunds FK in Norway's Tippeligaen (First Division).

Along with Brown and Barrett, former Tribe players Jeff Dominguez, Khary Stockton and Gabe Valencia enjoyed international playing careers. Dominguez spent three seasons with B.V. Cloppenburg in Germany. He started a club-record 68 consecutive games as a defensive central midfielder and helped his club earn a promotion to Germany's Third Division. Valenica also spent time in Germany playing with SV Leipzig along with playing in the U.S. in the A-League. Stockton signed a six-month contract with A.E. Velo Clube Rio Clarense of the Brazilian Second Division in May of 1994. At the time, he was believed to be just the second American player to sign with a professional soccer club in Brazil. He also played with Athletico Sorocabam in the Brazilian Third Division.

Carlos Garcia, a 2003 graduate, has enjoyed success in the indoor soccer leagues in the U.S. Garcia spent the last six seasons with the Baltimore Blast and helped his team to a trio of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Championships. In 2006-07, he finished with 42 points, which ranked third on the Blast. Garcia was selected by the Detroit Ignition in the 2006-07 MISL Expansion Draft, before he was traded back to Baltimore. The Blast originally chose him in the fourth round of the 2002 Amateur Draft.

Soccer is not just a seasonal event in Williamsburg, it is a yearlong tradition. The W&M soccer programs receive strong support from the student body and the residents of the Tidewater area, and these fans are rewarded with a great product.

The success enjoyed by Tribe student-athletes and the high-level of community involvement in the soccer program combine to make William and Mary a truly unique place in the soccer world.