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All-Long Island girls soccer part II
We'll be unveiling members of the 2011 All-Long Island team each day this week with the full list appearing in Sunday's paper. Today's installment includes Sayville's Kim Marra, St. Anthony's Margo McGinty and Calhoun's Kristina Gandolfo.
Kim Marra, Sayville, Sr., Center Midfielder
The small school Player of the Year was the best player on the only perfect team in Suffolk during the regular season. The three sport athlete, who also plays basketball and lacrosse, chose soccer as her primary sport before the season and displayed new foot skills, ball control, a great first touch and a new sense of leadership. Marra had 12 goals and eight assists to lead Sayville to an unbeaten regular season and earn first team All-State.
“It was very unexpected when I found out,” Marra said of making All-Long Island. “I couldn’t be more happy. I love the game of soccer and this means a lot to me.”
Margo McGinty, St. Anthony’s, Sr., Center Midfielder
The Northwestern-bound midfielder helped lead St. Anthony’s to its first state title since 2007 and earned her first All-Long Island selection.
“It feels good, I play with a lot of these girls outside,” McGinty said of the All-Long Island team. “We’re all really close, we spend a lot of time together. We’re like a family.”
McGinty, a great distributor who assisted on the game winning goal in the Long Island championship against Kellenberg, had seven goals and one assist and was selected first team All-State.
“She’s such an outstanding player,” St. Anthony’s coach Dave Prutting said. “She’s going to be tough to replace next year…I would say she’s the top player on the field and leads in that respect.”
Kristina Gandolfo, Calhoun, Sr., Forward
The top goal scorer in Nassau (24) led Calhoun to an undefeated season and led the Colts to a stunning upset of top-seeded Farmingdale in the Class AA quarterfinals.
“The most memorable thing for me was when we beat Farmingdale and I scored the two goals,” Gandolfo said.
Gandolfo (above) was one of the biggest offensive threats in the Island and faced double and triple teams throughout the season and in the playoffs. The agile forward also had 10 assists and tied for an Island-best 34 points to earn her first All-Long Island selection.
“It’s an honor to be in a group with a bunch of these girls,” Gandolfo said. “I think I’m the first Calhoun girl to be on the All-Long Island first team. It’s really special to be here.”