Meet Newsday's All-Long Island girls soccer team for 2015.
Long Island player of the year: Hope Breslin, Massapequa, F, Jr.
The goal for Hope Breslin was simple: score more goals.
"I did extra strength training and worked on my shot and power with my right and left foot," she said. "I guess it paid off."
Did it ever. The striker found the back of the net more than most in Long Island this season, scoring 28 goals, despite playing in Conference AA-I, Nassau's top ability based conference. She scored the go-ahead goal in the Class AA state championship game and added another minutes later to seal Massapequa's third straight state title.
Breslin, who has committed to play at the University of Illinois, says her main goal next season is to win a fourth straight championship. But as for individual accolades, she could break the career scoring record for one of the most prestigious girls soccer programs in New York State.
"The record is 68 goals, I have 47," she said. "I'm trying to beat that next year. It's a good goal to set for myself."
Suffolk player of the year: Francesca Venezia, St. Anthony’s, F, Sr.
Before the season, Francesca Venezia received some advice from her older sister. "She just told me to, 'Do what we always do,'" Venezia said.
For the Venezia family, that means generating a lot of offense. For St. Anthony's, that means winning a CHSAA state title. Venezia helped do both once again this season.
Listening to the advice of her sister, Niccola, who made first-team All-Long Island last season before moving on to play at the University of Miami, Venezia was the leading goal scorer for the Friars for the second straight season as St. Anthony's captured a second straight state title. She tallied 11 goals and five assists, including the go-ahead goal in the state final. Venezia, who was selected for the prestigious All-American game in North Carolina, will play at Boston College.
"We looked to always play through her," Friars coach Sue Alber said. "Huge reason we won back-to-back- state championships."
Thanks to Venezia doing what she always does.
Kayla Arestivo, St. Anthony’s, F, Sr.
Lehigh University-bound midfielder Kayla Arestivo had eight goals and five assists this season, including the tying goal in the CHSAA state title game, to help the Friars capture a second straight state championship. She was selected to play in the All-American game.
Jillian Colucci, Port Jefferson, F, Jr.
A perfect blend of speed and footwork, and with the ability to both finish and distribute, Jillian Colucci tallied 18 goals and 12 assists while helping the Royals capture the first state title in the history of the Port Jefferson girls soccer program. She was selected to the All-American team.
Kerry Defliese, Garden City, M, Sr.
Tough in the air and equipped with a strong and accurate leg, Kerry Defliese was the engine in the middle of the field for the Nassau Class A county champions. Defliese, who had four goals this season, will play lacrosse at Syracuse.
Ally Diez, South Side, M, Jr.
With her vision, quick decision-making, and ability to create plays for herself and others, Ally Diez guided South Side back to the county championship game. She finished with three goals and eight assists, one of which came on the go-ahead goal in the semifinals.
Julia Duffy, Oceanside, F, Sr.
With phenomenal speed and the ability to control her touch and shots with great accuracy, LIU Post-bound striker Julia Duffy became a dynamic goal scorer in her senior season. She recorded 22 goals and tallied three assists.
Melanie Hingher, Massapequa, D, Sr.
Senior defender Melanie Hingher, bound for Fairfield University, was hard to stop in the air on set pieces, a threat on throw-ins, and the anchor of a dominant defense that helped Massapequa become the first Class AA soccer team, girls or boys, to win three straight state titles.
Emily Kaplan, Hauppauge, F, Sr.
With lightning speed and a powerful shot, senior striker Emily Kaplan had a breakout season, scoring 20 goals and tallying 10 assists, while helping Hauppauge advance to the Suffolk Class AA county championship game.
Taylor Moreno, Huntington, Sr. GK
With a combination of athleticism, instincts, and a strong read-and-react understanding of the game, Taylor Moreno recorded seven shutouts while guiding Huntington to the postseason. She was also the kicker on the football team and will play lacrosse at North Carolina.
Mary O'Hara, Islip, M, Sr.
A playmaker with speed and skilled footwork, Mary O'Hara recorded eight goals and 11 assists. Highlights of which included her go-ahead goal in the county final and her assist on the winning goal in the state championship game that gave Islip its first girls soccer state championship. She will attend Florida Atlantic University.
Bridget Patch, St. John the Baptist, M, Sr.
An elite goal scorer with a strong shot, Bridget Patch dropped into the midfield this season and recorded eight goals and seven assists while leading the Cougars to the semifinals. She finished her career with 55 goals and will play at Virginia Tech.
Dana Scheriff, North Babylon, F, Sr.
Equally adept with both feet, and with a great first touch that helped her beat defenders off the dribble, Monmouth-bound striker Dana Scheriff faced constant double teams after a record-setting junior season (23 goals, a school single-season record) and still recorded 10 goals and five assists.
Alexa Svensson, Commack, D, Sr.
A defender with the statistics of a forward. Alexa Svensson, who will attend Marist College, was the anchor of the defense for a Commack team that recorded 16 shutouts and allowed just five goals all season. Strong on direct kicks and at finishing set pieces, she tallied 13 goals and nine assists.
Nassau coach of the year: Bruce Stegner, Massapequa
Bruce Stegner guided the Chiefs to a 12th county title in 13 seasons, a fourth Long Island championship in six years, and a historic third straight state championship.
Suffolk coach of the year: Mike Reilly, Islip
In his 14th season as coach of Islip, Mike Reilly captured his eighth county title, and helped the Buccaneers bring home the first state title in the history of the girls soccer program.
The All-Long Island second team
Amber Birchwell, Floyd, M, Jr.
Keri Bradley, Sacred Heart, M, Sr.
Genevieve Carpenter, Kings Park, F, Jr.
Emma Cisneros, Port Washington, F, Sr.
Alicia D'Aoust, Smithtown West, F, Soph. (pictured)
Catherine Gambino, Carle Place, M, Jr.
Taylor Iacono, Calhoun, F, Sr.
Megan Kelly, Shoreham-Wading River, F, Sr.
Casey Luongo, Center Moriches, F, Jr.
Sam Miller, Commack, GK, Sr.
Arianna Montefusco, MacArthur, F, Sr.
Francesca Picicci, St. Anthony's, M, Jr.
Dana Poetzsch, Hicksville, M, Jr.
Stephanie Rapp, Northport, D, Jr.
Rachel Rosen, Port Washington, M, Jr.
Kaitlyn Ross, Sayville, D, Sr.
Nicole Scudero, Hauppauge, M, Soph.
Trista Seara, Lindenhurst, F, Sr.
Paige Sherlock, West Islip, F, Sr.
Skylar Vitiello, Massapequa, D, Sr.