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 Northport's Kristi Abbate, Sacred Heart's Natalie Cikos and Massapequa's Rosie DiMartino.
Kristi Abbate, Northport, Sr., Center Midfielder
As one of the best playmakers in Long Island, Abbate’s speed and field vision allow her to beat defenders at will and create scoring opportunities by passing to feet. The senior center midfielder, who was Suffolk Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009, finished the season with five goals and eight assists to earn second team All-State honors. Abbate (above), who will attend George Washington University, combined with best friend and fellow first team All-Long Island selection, Rosy Hayes, to help carry Northport to the county championship game.
“It’s an honor,” Abbate said of earning All-Long Island honors along with Hayes. “With me, I like to find the final pass. I like attacking. Rosy is the goal scorer, she likes to finish. We always look for each other. We know where we are, we’ve been playing for so long together that it’s just natural.”
Natalie Cikos, Sacred Heart, Sr., Center Midfielder
The co-CHSAA Player of the Year is versatile and technically strong, which enables her to play multiple positions on the field. "My speed and my decisions on the field help me to see other people,” she said. “I’m able to read the game well.”
Cikos, who will play outside back at Northwestern, is a natural defender but played primarily in center midfield this season, amassing three goals and three assists to earn her first All-Long Island selection and make fourth team All-State.
“There are so many girls on Long Island that play soccer,” Cikos said. “To be recognized here as one of the best is a great feeling.”
Rosie DiMartino, Massapequa, Jr., Forward
A Boston College-commit, DiMartino led Massapequa in scoring with 13 goals and two assists this season. The elusive and speedy forward scored some of the biggest goals of the year for the Chiefs, including game-tying goals against eventual Class A state champion South Side with 36 seconds left and Conference AA-I champion Farmingdale.
A constant target of man marks and double-teams, DiMartino used her speed to get free and raw power to launch shots on goal. Massapequa was undefeated (8-0-3) when DiMartino scored and winless (0-4-2) when she did not.