Meet the players who earned first-team honors for Newsday's All-Long Island boys soccer team in 2016.
Long Island player of the year: Matt Vowinkel, Chaminade, F, Sr.
After an impressive 2015 season in which he scored 24 goals and led his team CHSAA title en route to Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year award, Vowinkel did not disappoint in his final season before suiting up for Hofstra. He excelled, posting 18 goals and 10 assists. He also led Chaminade to a second straight state championship. In the Flyers' four-game postseason run, Vowinkel scored eight of his team's 13 goals and assisted on three others. "He's a special player," coach Mike Gallagher said after watching Vowinkel tally three goals and two assists in Chaminade's 6-0 championship win over Canisius. "You think in the last 10 or so, even 15, years, any of the schools in the Catholic league, who's the best forward? Hands down it's Matt. He's done nothing but do good things for himself and for the school and for the team."
Suffolk player of the year: Roberto Ventura, Brentwood, F, Sr.
Ventura's speed and ability to change direction are next-level. Those skills -- along with his deft finishing touch -- helped him register 17 goals and 10 assists for the 2016 Suffolk AA champions. In the county final, Ventura showcased his talent with the goal of the year. He raced down the right sideline with the ball, sending a Newfield defender skidding as he changed direction towards the middle of the field, and scored off his left foot from about 25 yards. "It's like, nobody can do this, and I'm not taking anything away from the other guys in the league but this kid is a special player," coach Ron Eden said. "He does it full speed. He stops on a dime...He's just a special player."
Tommy Browne, Carle Place, M, Sr
Fundamentally sound with a nose for the ball, Browne had 17 goals and six assists to lead the Frogs to the Class B Long Island title.
Dimas Cabrera, Mineola, F, Sr.
No one in Nassau scored more than the strong, skilled forward. Cabrera had 19 goals and seven assists, and the Mustangs reached the Nassau Class A semifinals.
Alex Cota, Glen Cove, F, Sr.
With speed and composure, Cota was a tough assignment. He had eight goals and seven assists to lead the Big Red on a run to the program's first county title since 1967.
Ben Hamilton, Center Moriches, M, Jr.
Hamilton was dangerous all year. He led Suffolk with 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists and propelled the Red Devils to the Suffolk Class B championship.
Jorge Hernandez, Brentwood, M, Sr.
Brentwood's go-to guy on corners and close free kicks, the precise and confident Hernandez had 13 goals and nine assists.
Oscar Hernandez, Amityville, F, Jr.
Hernandez led the Warriors to the first back-to-back Suffolk and Long Island titles in program history with 13 goals and seven assists.
Andrew Lule, Glenn, M, Sr.
Lule's presence in the middle of the field was key to Glenn's robust output of 89 goals. He scored 23 times and assisted on 12 others.
Kevin Martinez, Bay Shore, F, Sr.
Quick with a finisher's mentality, Martinez caused fits for even the best of Bay Shore's opponents. He scored 17 goals.
Jack Nuttall, Chaminade, D, Sr.
Nuttall was a stable presence on a Chaminade defense that shut out 10 opponents in a state championship season.
Fernando Robayo, St. Anthony’s, F, Sr.
Robayo led the CHSAA with 18 goals and 13 assists and helped the Friars to an 18-2-3 record.
Matt Sloan, Hicksville, D, Sr.
One of the most potent scorers in 2015, Sloan moved to the back this season and helped Hicksville post six shutouts in 14 games. He still had four goals and four assists.
Eric Stewart, Calhoun, F, Sr.
Dangerous in space, Stewart had 18 goals and 10 assists. He scored twice in Calhoun's win over Brentwood in the Long Island Class AA championship.
Long Island coach of the year: Mike Gallagher, Chamindade
The Flyers returned several key players from last year's state championship team but struggled early. Gallagher made a move that saved Chaminade's season. He pulled A.J. Codispoti up to midfield from center back, creating space for LI POY Matt Vowinkel, who paid back his coach by scoring or assisting on 11 of Chaminade's 13 playoff goals.
Suffolk coach of the year: Mike Abbondondolo, Amityville
Despite losing his leader at every position but forward from last year's state championship team, Abbondondolo got the Warriors to rebound from a 2-4 start and win consecutive Suffolk and Long Island titles for the first time in school history. Amityville allowed two goals over its last 11 games.