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Long Island year-end girls soccer rankings for 2016

Sacred Heart Academy's Victoria Minda kicks the ball

Sacred Heart Academy's Victoria Minda kicks the ball past Nardin's Allyson Evoniuk during the first half of the CHSAA state final at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Credit: Mark Mulville

1. Sacred Heart (15-3)

Kristen McArdle scored the winning goal as Sacred Heart won its first state CHSAA title since 2008 with a 1-0 victory over Nardin Academy (Buffalo). Sacred Heart had another strong defensive game from Anna Donnelly, Bridget O’Hara Lauren Wasserman, Ellen Byrnes, Melissa Biscardi and Victoria Minda at midfield.

2. Massapequa (16-2-2)

The Chiefs lost to Arlington, 2-1, in double overtime to snap a streak of three straight state Class AA championships. Massapequa has won four straight Long Island championships and 13 of the last 14 county championships. The Chiefs will graduate Hope Breslin, the program’s all-time leading scorer with 82 goals.

3. Garden City (12-5-3)

The Trojans lost their state Class AA semifinal matchup to Jamesville-DeWitt, 2-0. But the strong senior class, captained by Megan Seel, Kate Farrell, Kelly Donovan and Katherine Galzerano won three Long Island championships in their four seasons and a state title in 2013.

4. St. Anthony’s (15-1)

The Friars played 100 scoreless minutes with Sacred Heart, resulting in a penalty-kick shootout St. Anthony’s dropped. Led by CHSAA most valuable player Francesca Picicci’s 11 goals and six assists, the Friars had another strong season.

5. Northport (18-2-1)

The Tigers won their first Suffolk Class AA championship in three seasons but couldn’t get past Massapequa in the LI final. Northport’s only two losses came to St. Anthony’s and Massapequa, finishing with a fantastic season led by Stephanie Rapp on the back line and offensive production from Victoria Colatosti and Julia Conforti.

6. South Side (11-3-4)

The co-Nassau Class A champions failed to advance following a loss to Garden City in penalty kicks. The trio of Ally Diez, Alex McNicholas and Juliana Klaum led South Side all season.

7. Calhoun (9-5-5)

Gillian Stapler in net and timely scoring from Annie Coogan led the Colts to the Nassau AA championship game after a five-win 2015.

8. Mt. Sinai (12-4-2)

Led by a huge postseason by Casey Schmitt (five goals in the Suffolk Class A semifinal and championship game), the No. 4 Mustangs pulled a Cinderella story to win county title before losing to Garden City in the Long Island championship.

9. Islip (12-1-1)

No. 1 Islip lost its only game of the season on penalty kicks to Mt. Sinai in the Suffolk Class A semifinal. Hannah Franco finished her strong season with 12 goals and 12 assists.

10. Smithtown West (16-2-1)

Smithtown West lost in the Suffolk Class AA final. But the Suffolk League III champions, led by the potent attack of Sarah Harrington and Alicia D’Aoust, proved itself throughout the season as among Long Island’s elite.


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