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Kick-starters: Girls soccer players of the week

Hicksville goaltender Alexa Higgins (29) controls the ball

Hicksville goaltender Alexa Higgins (29) controls the ball in goal in a game against Plainview JFK. (Sept. 30, 2013) (Credit: Steven Ryan)

Every Monday we'll post the girls soccer players of the week. Coaches, nominate your players – and show some love for the hard-working defenders who don’t show up in headlines and box scores - by e-mailing us  at Michael.Gavin@newsday.com and Laura.Albanese@newsday.com. Be sure to follow @MikeGavin7 and @AlbaneseLaura on Twitter for all things girls soccer.

Here are the best of the best in Long Island girls soccer from the week of Oct. 7 to Oct. 13:

Bridget Patch, St. John the Baptist: The forward continued her sensational sophomore season with a goal and an assist in a 6-0 win over St. Mary’s.  She has scored in nine out of SJB’s 11 games and is tied for the third most goals scored on Long Island with 14.

Kelsey Ford, South Side: The outside defender helped shutdown the Massapequa offense and assisted on the lone goal to lift the Cyclones to a 1-0 win in a showdown between two of Long Island's best teams. 

Georgina Hydja, Lawrence: Tallied three goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Westbury.

Emma O’Donnell and Alexa LoBosco, Connetquot: O’Donnell scored the game tying goal with 14 minutes remaining and then the winner in double overtime - both of which were set up on assists from LoBosco - to lift Connetquot to a 3-2 win over Half Hollow Hills East.

Alexa Higgins, Hicksville: (pictured) The goalkeeper recorded her ninth shutout of the season by stopping a penalty kick with 12 minutes remaining to seal a 2-0 win over Long Beach.

Jessica Bernstein, Plainview JFK: The freshman recorded the first hat trick of her career in a 5-0 win over Great Neck South. Making it even more memorable was the fact that her older sister Sara, a senior defender, scored her first goal of the season in the same game.

Lauren Fremgen, St. John the Baptist: The senior defender has been the anchor on the back line for St. John the Baptist and also a scoring threat on free kicks.    

Shannon Horgan, Long Beach: Midway through the second half of a 5-1 win over Port Washington, the senior forward scored on a breakaway to record her fourth goal of the day, setting a new career-high. She now has 13 goals on the season.

Shannen Gillespie, West Islip: Found the back of the net twice in double overtime to lift West Islip to a 3-0 win over Smithtown East and help the Lions clinch the League III title.

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