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All-Long Island girls soccer part IV
Krista Fitzpatrick, Division, Sr., Midfielder
Fitzpatrick was a master of set pieces as she notched an Island-best 20 assists and helped lead Division to an undefeated regular season. Whether it was corner kicks or set plays from midfield, Fitzpatrick was able to connect with her teammates more than anyone else this year. The Albany-bound midfielder finishes her varsity career with 26 goals and 70 assists.
Christina Klaum, South Side, So., Forward/Midfielder
Klaum (above) became an unstoppable force in the playoffs, scoring 11 of her 20 goals in the postseason to lead South Side to its 16th state title.
“I was playing forward this year and I know you have to put the ball in the back of the net,” she said. “I thought it was my job to be able to score for my team and I wanted to lead us to the state championship this year.”
Klaum, the youngest member of the All-Long Island team, moved up to forward but saw some time in her natural midfield position, including in the state championship against Somers, in which she was named the MVP.
Ally Ramos, Ward Melville, Sr., Goalkeeper
The large school Goalkeeper of the Year, who will play at the University of Vermont next year, allowed just eight goals and recorded 13 shutouts to earn second team All-State. Her postseason performances included game saving stops in penalty kicks against Deer Park, a shutout against perennial power West Islip in the semifinals, and 15 saves in a 1-0 win over Northport as Ward Melville captured its first county championship.
“It was probably some of the important saves I made and the shutouts that I had,” Ramos said when asked about being recognized as one of the best players on Long Island. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my defense. But when it came down to it, I had to make some crucial saves and I guess people noticed that.”