Meet Newsday's All-Long Island boys soccer team for 2015.
Long Island player of the year: Witman Hernandez, Whitman, F, Sr.
After Witman Hernandez scored three goals in Whitman's 7-3 win over Hilton in a state Class AA semifinal, the senior deflected praise. "I couldn't have done that without my team," he said. "They're amazing players, all of them."
That's Hernandez in a nutshell, according to his teammates. He'll never indulge in self-promotion, but that does not stop the Wildcats from lauding their star forward, who had 27 goals and 14 assists and led the program to its first state title.
"This kid's ridiculous," midfielder Michael Lorello said. "He didn't stop all season."
Hernandez's goal led Whitman to a 1-0 win over Brentwood for the program's first Suffolk title since 1996. He scored twice in the Wildcats' 4-1 win over Hicksville in the Long Island championship, and he had five goals and an assist in Whitman's two wins in the state tournament.
"Having a goal scorer like him comes once in a lifetime," coach John DiGiacomo said. "I'm hoping it happens twice."
Nassau player of the year: Matt Vowinkel, Chaminade, Jr., F
The word "perfect" isn't in Nassau boys soccer player of the year Matt Vowinkel's vocabulary.
"He works on the things that you or I would say are fantastic," said Chaminade coach Michael Gallagher, "and he believes there is a slight deficiency that he wants to make a slight imperfection a perfection."
And that's resulted in a 26-goal junior season. Gallagher petitioned last year for Vowinkel to be able to play on varsity as a sophomore -- something he's only done three or four times. Vowinkel's leadership was key in Chaminade's state championship season.
"Every once in a while, you have that guy but watching him you could tell he was special," said Gallagher about his 6-foot-1, 185-pound striker. "He's the worst kept secret in the league."
David Geyer, Plainview JFK, Sr., D
A vocal, astute defender, David Geyer anchored a backline that allowed eight goals in 14 matches. Plainview JFK won its second straight conference title and reached the Nassau AA semifinals.
Ryan Goncalves, St. Anthony’s, Sr., M
Ryan Goncalves, who had 11 goals and eight assists, combines speed and strength in the midfield. He was the leader of a St. Anthony's team that went 16-3-2.
Kevin Lee, Chaminade, Sr., D
With Kevin Lee leading the way, Chaminade's defense did not allow a shot on goal in two matches at the state tournament. The Flyers' opponents scored just 10 goals in 22 matches this year.
Josh Levine, South Side, Sr., GK
At 6-3, Josh Levine combined size with excellent communication and judgment to post six shutouts and limit opponents to 12 goals while leading the Cyclones to an 11-1-5 record.
Michael Lorello, Whitman, Sr., M
Michael Lorello, a Marist commit, scored four goals upstate to finish the season with 16. He also had eight assists on the year and was the orchestrator of Whitman's potent offense that outscored its upstate opponents 12-4.
Josue Martinez, Amityville, Sr., M
Josue Martinez was the catalyst for the state Class A champions. He had 11 goals and 13 assists and scored the championship-sealing goal in a 2-0 win over Pearl River.
Pete Meyer, Massapequa, Sr., M
Army commit Pete Meter, who can place passes to feet from 50 yards away, finished with 13 goals and 11 assists while leading Massapequa into the Nassau Class AA championship match against Hicksville.
Jefferson Portillo, Brentwood, Sr., M
Brentwood scored 59 goals this year and many of them were manufactured by Jefferson Portillo making something happen in the midfield. Portillo had seven goals and 11 assists.
Jesse Scanlon, Southampton, Sr., F
Jesse Scanlon set a school record while leading Suffolk with 34 goals this year. The Dartmouth commit, who is extremely dangerous in the air, led Southampton to its first county title.
Ryan Sinnott, Commack, Sr., GK
Ryan Sinnott had eight shutouts, including one against Chaminade, and allowed 11 goals while leading Commack to a 12-4-1 record. He is committed to the University of Rhode Island.
Matt Sloan, Hicksville, Jr., F
A strong, skilled forward, Matt Sloan missed five games with a groin injury but still had 17 goals and three assists and led the Comets to the Nassau Class AA championship.
Roberto Ventura, Brentwood, Jr., F
Roberto Ventura had seven assists, and his 18 goals led a Brentwood team that went 18-2. Ventura, who has tremendous footwork and speed, was one of the most dangerous one-on-one threats on Long Island.
Long Island coach of the year: Mike Abbondondolo, Amityville
Mike Abbondondolo turned around a program that won four games in 2013, leading the Cinderella Warriors -- the No. 5 seed in the Suffolk Class A playoffs -- to their first state championship.
Nassau coach of the year: Scott Starkey, Hicksville
Scott Starkey's decision to move Matt Sloan up front, as a result of his faith in his backline, paid tremendous dividends as the Comets won the Nassau Class AA title.
The All-Long Island second team
Hunter Allen, Glenn, M, Sr. (pictured)
Blake Aronson, Whitman, M, Jr.
Jonathan Benitez, Westbury, M, Sr.
Kyle Darden, Floral Park, D, Sr.
Brian Flynn, St. Anthony's, D, Sr.
Peter Fouchet, Southold, M, Sr.
Matt Johnston, Massapequa, D, Sr.
Delwin Hernandez, Glen Cove, F, Jr.
Liam Lofgren, Carle Place, GK, Sr.
John Mackey, Garden City, GK, Sr.
Spencer Manus, Half Hollow Hills East, M, Sr.
Tyler McElhinney, Jericho, GK, Soph.
Matt McDonell, Smithtown West, M, Sr.
Rances Reneau, Central Islip, M, Sr.
Yanni Rigos, Chaminade, GK, Sr.
Carlos Rivera, Huntington, F, Sr.
Nick Rodriguez, Hicksville, D, Sr.
Dan Rubinowitz, Half Hollow Hills West, D, Sr.
Gianluca Santacruz, Southampton, M, Sr.
Jason Wasserman, Syosset, M, Sr.