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Massapequa's Melanie Hingher celebrates her first goal against

Massapequa's Melanie Hingher celebrates her first goal against West Islip with teammates during the first half of the Long Island girls soccer Class AA final at Dowling Sports Complex on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Credit: Brad Penner


The quest for Massapequa's third consecutive state championship is underway.

Melanie Hingher and Bianca Furci anchor a back line that didn't allow a goal in six postseason games last season. Skylar Vitiello is a versatile talent, Hope Breslin is a pure goal scorer, and Mikayla Pugliese creates in the midfield. Rebecca White takes over full time in goal as the Chiefs look to win their 12th county championship in 13 years.

East Meadow returns a strong midfield core of Danielle Michelini, Nicole Leary, Melanie Navas and Julie Fitzsimmons.

Calhoun has a strong finisher up top in Taylor Iacono. The Colts will build from the back with sweeper Dana Brown and midfielders Marianne Cassisi and Olivia Levy.

MacArthur will keep the ball on the ground and find the foot of Arianna Montefusco, the top goal scorer in Conference AA-I. Marissa Cannella has speed and Caitlyn Buckley brings athleticism. Port Washington, with four sets of sisters, has great chemistry. Rachel Rosen controls the midfield, Emma Cisneros is tenacious up top, and Catalina Salavatierra has speed in the back.

Emily Jonas anchors the defense for county runnerup Hicksville. The Comets will score plenty with Kayleigh Goodrich, Brenda Quinn and Dana Poetzsch. Oceanside features a balanced team with speedsters Julia Duffy and Jules Sicker up top and Gabriella Mihale advancing the ball through the midfield.

Syosset is strong in the midfield with Lauren Shin, a possession player, and Cammy Monfort, who is good with the ball at her feet.

Farmingdale features Amanda Duddy, who distributes well, Kathleen Krieg, who is tough to knock off the ball, and Alexa Simon, who can run all day.

Plainview JFK is a strong possession team led by playmaker Barbara Badeer, striker Keri Birkenhead, and defensive anchor Erica Campbell.

Mepham is led by Sarah Bayer, who's technically strong, and Annmarie Hagarty, who wins balls in the backfield. Baldwin has Julie Annecchiarico and Maggie Thibault.


Creating plays for South Side, the defending Class A Long Island champions, is Ally Diez. On the receiving end will be Alex McNicholas and Juliana Klaum, who are both strong on the ball. Not many shots will get past goalkeeper Kayla Klarides.

Garden City, the county runner up, returns defensive anchors Kerry Defliese and Megan Seel. Midfielder Isabel Klatt orchestrates the point of attack. Wantagh, coming off its first appearance in the semifinals, returns Nikki Sliwak, Kaitlyn Cerasi, and Darcie Smith.

Island Trees has a solid defense, led by Megan Fischer, who can shutdown many opponents. She's joined by Katie Paz, Ashley Jones, and Kelly Jorgensen. Alicia Buchanan has quick reactions in the midfield.

Plainedge will be strong defensively with Samantha Matthews, Stephanie Trombadore and keeper Alexis McKeown.

Manhasset, moving up to Conference A-I for the first time, has Halle Palmedo, who is a threat to score from anywhere in the offensive half. Erin Barry is a playmaker and Katherine Markham marks the opposing team's best player.

Shelby Banner of Bellmore JFK can spread the field with her ability to take on defenders. Nicole Levine is a shutdown defender at stopper and midfielder Vanessa Rodriguez sets up attacking players.

For North Shore, Selena Fortich controls the midfield, Cleo Fleming distributes from the back, and Kelly Johansen finishes up top.

Lauren Spinnato has great ball skills, and Katie Hudson has a very strong shot for Cold Spring Harbor, a semifinalist last season.


Wheatley, seeking a third straight county title, is led by Adena Bernot, who solidifies the defense and generates offense. Hannah Woodward and Allie LaMonica have a nose for the goal. Goalkeeper Sydney Silverman was huge in key games as an eighth grader last season.

Carle Place will contend with Catherine Gambino, who is quick to the ball, Carly Ackerina and Julia Beattie.

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