MacArthur, South Side, CSH, Friends girls look to repeat in Nassau
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An argument could be made -- and won -- that the best girls soccer in New York State was played in Nassau County last season. Nassau representatives swept the Long Island championships and brought home three state titles.
MacArthur, the defending state Class AA champ, returns a premier defender in first-team All-Long Island selection Jenny Scro, along with freshman forward Ariana Montefusco and midfielders Courtney Noakes and Katie and Kelly Gerdes.
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Last season's top seed Farmingdale is mostly intact, led by defender Alexis Panariello, distributor Amanda Borstelmann and finisher Amanda Turturro.
Massapequa is well-balanced and highly skilled, led by the Boston College-bound Rosie DiMartino, the youngest of four sisters to pass through the program. She is joined by Victoria Maley and Nicole Epstein.
Goalkeeper Alissa Battaglia, forward Michelle Iacono and midfielder Kayla Cappuzzo will lead Calhoun, which came within one win of its first county title last season.
Bellmore JFK returns keeper Nicole Liotta, who led the county in shutouts, defender Sara Rothery, center-mid Kerri Baum and newcomer Franki Priore.
After a heartbreaking semifinal overtime loss, Mepham is set for another run with Kelsey Simpson, Ashley Appel and Jessica Gelbwaks.
Oceanside has a senior-laden team led by agile keeper Emily Doherty and defenders Sam Longo and Kelly Backus.
East Meadow is a scrappy team led by midfielder Toula DeLeon and defender Jenna Borresen.
Baldwin features a strong defense, led by Jessica Mouradian and Nikkia Billouin, and forward Ayanna Smith.
Syossethas senior captains Allie Girardi in the back, Connor Bird in the midfield and Diana Saber up top.
Hicksville returns nearly its entire team, including defenders Gabby Batista and Keley Abbriano.
South Side will be looking for a second straight state title, and 17th overall, behind first-team All-L.I. Christina Klaum, who had 11 of her 19 goals in the playoffs last season. She's joined by up-and-coming sophomore forward Keri Cavallo and defender Kelsey Ford.
Division, coming off a triple-overtime loss in the county final, returns defender Alexa Schneider, keeper Gina Fader and midfielder Alyssa Fiore.
Garden City is balanced across the board with keeper Kelsey Kearny, midfielders Haley O'Hanlon and Erin Griner, and defender Niki Berkery.
County semifinalist Plainedge returns 10 starters, including keeper Dolores Diemicke, sweeper Allyson Baner, stopper Kristen James and forward Jacqueline Kennedy.
Clarke possesses the ball well with forward Hope Quinonez and defenders Nicole Wahlig and Stephanie Kaufman.
Island Trees has a speedy sweeper in sophomore Alexa Dolgos, along with midfielder Kristin Duthie and keeper Brianna Ferrara.
Brie Ruane and North Shore will contend.
Sweeper Caitlyn Ingrilli covers a lot of ground for Wantagh, which returns Kaitlin Kingston and Brenna Connolly.
Midfielder Gabrielle Tomasini and striker Caroline Rodgers lead a balanced New Hyde Park team.
Valley Stream North features midfielder Alana McDoughal and defender Sarah Miller.
Teressa Fazio and Katie Hudson look to bring a sixth straight county title to Cold Spring Harbor. Runner-up Carle Place returns Samantha Burden, Jessica Covas and Catherine Gambino. Oyster Bay has All-County sweeper Melissa Lacorte.
Friends Academy, the co-state champs, captured the first girls state title in school history last season. They've got the talent to bring home another with Krystina Iordanou, who had 10 goals and four assists last season to earn first-team All-State, and Heather Maierle.