Meet the 2012 All-Long Island girls soccer team, as selected by Newsday's Mike Gavin, in alphabetical order.
Forward, Kellenberg, Sr.
The speedy striker was a nightmare for defenders to cover as she led the league in goals for the second straight season. She finished with 13 goals and three assists. Akalski, who is bound for the University of Scranton, helped lead Kellenberg to the league title game.
Forward, St. Anthony's, Sr.
Whether it’s the back of a net or a cage, this two-sport star, headed to the University of North Carolina for soccer and lacrosse, knows how to finish. She scored 10 goals and added nine assists, including a goal and two assists in the state championship game.
Forward, South Side, Soph.
Cavallo always knew where to play the ball, whether it was taking the shot or finding a teammate. She was a finisher, leading the team with 18 goals, and tied for a team-high 11 assists, while helping South Side advance to Cortland.
SUFFOLK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KRISTIN DESMOND, Forward, Northport, Jr.
Unleashed from the backfield, where she was a defender for her first two seasons, Desmond shifted up top to become an attacking midfielder. She used her speed and accurate kick to score 24 goals, second-most on Long Island, and added eight assists. She scored two goals in the Long Island championship game to give Northport its first title since 1997. She was named first-team All-State and is an All-American.
Forward, Massapequa, Sr.
The Boston College-bound striker had 15 goals and 5 assists. Along the way, she scored the 60th goal of her four-year career to become Massapequa’s all-time leading goal scorer, passing her sister Gina. She finished her career with 67 goals.
Babylon, Forward, Jr.
Her breakout goal with 25 minutes remaining in the second half of the county championship game gave Babylon its first Suffolk title since 2004. She finished with 18 goals, including five multi-goal games, and seven assists.
Forward, Sayville, Sr.
Relentless around the net, she led Long Island with 27 goals and added nine assists. The first-team All-State selection nearly doubled the 14 goals she had as a junior, scoring in 15 of 18 games, including eight multi-goal games. She’ll attend American University for lacrosse.
Forward, Calhoun, Sr.
The Ryder College-bound striker combined her speed, aggressiveness and rocket shot to tally 12 goals and eight assists and earn first-team All-State honors. She peaked during the playoffs where she had four goals and four assists in three games.
Friends Academy, Midfielder, Sr.
The Vanderbilt-bound midfielder lifted the Friends program to new heights over her final two seasons. After leading the Quakers to their first state title last season, she had 12 goals and two assists, including two goals in both the Long Island championship and regional final.
LONG ISLAND PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Forward, South Side, Jr.
South Side’s Christina Klaum, right, was an offensive force with 17 goals and 11 assists, often times making something out of nothing.
Defense, Farmingdale, Sr.
The NYIT-bound defender was the anchor of a stingy Farmingdale defense that allowed just over one goal a game in Conference AA-I. As a sweeper, she showed the ability to see the field, anticipate a play and cut it off to thwart scoring opportunities. She also wasn’t afraid to push the ball up the field to generate offense.
Hauppague, Goalkeeper, Senior
The four year-starter recorded 15 shutouts and allowed just three goals, two of which came on penalty kicks. Bound for St. John’s, her 0.2 goals-against average was the best on Long Island as she led Hauppauge to an unbeaten regular season (14-0-2) and the second-best record in school history.
Forward, East Islip, Jr.
Established herself as one of the best goal scorers on Long Island, scoring in all but three of East Islip’s 16 games. She finished with 19 goals — the second most in Suffolk Class AA — and added eight assists to earn first-team All-State honors.
Midfielder, Islip, Sr.
Her combination of field vision and ball skills helped her become Long Island’s leading distributor. She scored 16 goals and assisted on 24 others while leading Islip to a second straight county championship. The Central Connecticut State-bound midfielder led Long Island in total points and was first-team All-State.
NASSAU COACH OF THE YEAR
Cold Spring Harbor
Led Cold Spring Harbor to a sixth straight county title and second straight Long Island championship. Since becoming head coach in 1983, CSH has won 25 county titles, 19 Long Island championships and 13 state titles.
SUFFOLK COACH OF THE YEAR
Guided Islip, which was ranked 19th in the country by the NSCAA, to a second consecutive county championship. In his 11 years as coach, the Buccaneers have won seven county titles, including each year his two daughters were born: Anna in 2007 and Emma this year.
FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Kayla Saager (East Islip), Christina Akalski (Kellenberg), Kristin Desmond (Northport), Michelle Iacono (Calhoun), Shelby Fredericks (Babylon), Rosie DeMartino (Massapequa). BACK ROW, FROM LEFT: Steve Cacioppo (Cold Spring Harbor), Maggie Bill (St. Anthony's), Diana Poulin (Hauppauge), Christina Klaum (South Side), Keri Cavallo (South Side), Madison Hoon (Sayville), Alexis Panariello (Farmingdale), Morgan Santoro (Islip). (Dec. 11, 2012)
St. Anthony's Sydney Arestivo is among those on the second team. You can view the entire 2012 All-Long Island girls soccer second team here.