QUEENS, N.Y. — Former St. John’s University women’s soccer player Alexis Urbanski began her collegiate coaching career as she signed on to be an assistant coach under Eric Teepe at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

After spending two seasons at Seton Hall University, Urbanski transferred to St. John’s and suited up in 39 games for the Red Storm over two years, earning the captain’s armband in her final season in Queens.

The defender played in 19 games and made 12 starts during the 2015 season and helped lead a backline that anchored the Johnnies to a school-record 15 wins and 12 shutouts.

Last season, the Aberdeen, N.J., native played and started all 20 games for head coach Ian Stone and helped lead a defensive unit that was among the nation’s best.

The Red Storm defense allowed only 12 goals, the best mark in the Big East. The Johnnies posted a .565 team goals-against average, which ranked 13th in the country.

Urbanski scored the game-winning goal in the 2016 season opener against Central Connecticut.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.