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Suffolk girls soccer preview

West Islip keeper Cali Loeffler reacts after defeating

West Islip keeper Cali Loeffler reacts after defeating Smithtown West in the Suffolk Class AA final on Nov. 5, 2014. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan


Remember how the "West" was won? When West Islip and Smithtown West squared off in penalty kicks last season to determine the county champion? Well, both teams are positioned for another run to the title game.

Cali Loeffler, who made two saves in penalty kicks to give West Islip the county title, is back in goal. Vanessa Costantino is highly skilled and wins balls in the air. Stopper Alyssa Gillespie anchors a high-pressure defense. Paige Sherlock has a strong foot in the midfield.

Smithtown West, led by sophomore Alicia D'Aoust, seeks its first county title. Midfielders Sydney Donovan and Sarah Harrington are threats on set pieces and Brianna Cuccia puts pressure on the ball.

North Babylon returns Dana Scheriff and Allison Kennedy, both with a knack for scoring big goals. Goalkeeper Angela DiFazio keeps the defense in line.

Smithtown East is led by captains Jordan Sackaris, Shannon Kavanagh, Julianna Scanni and Sarah Hovanec.

It will be difficult to score on Huntington's keeper Taylor Moreno. Alex Koumas and Nicole Abbondandallo will contain offenses and Katie Reilly will find the net.

Northport, last season's top seed, will spread the ball around. Cybele Laisney has speed in transition and Stephanie Rapp is a strong one-on-one defender.

Lindenhurst plays an attacking style with Trista Seara, Taylor Trovato, Amanda Steinman, and Julianna Sherlock.

For Half Hollow Hills East, Amanda Lentz runs the back line, Samantha Francucci connects the defense to the offense, and Mackenzie Kagan is solid in goal.

Commack returns a strong core that includes quick reactionary keeper Sam Miller, defender Alexa Svensson, and forward Sydney Pasquarella.

Ward Melville will be fast and physical behind Ciara Guglielmo, a good dribbler who distributes. The defense, with Megan Raftery and keeper Kayla Kelly, won't allow many goals.

Gabby Mudaro, with excellent ball control, and Brittany Debole, a good shooter, lead Sachem East.Hauppauge's Nicole Scudero can control any ball and has a rocket for a shot. Emily Kaplan has tremendous speed and keeper Alexis Benedetto has great instincts.

East Islip features Veronica Saager up top and Jackie Carty in goal. Comsewogue has the speedy Tori Reed.

Genevieve Carpenter, with her high work rate, will be the focal point in Kings Park's offensive. The defense is led by Kayla Homeyer and Shakila Sevanan.

For Half Hollow Hills West, Katrina Cokinos wins many 50/50 balls, and forward Lyndsay Wright has the ability to turn on any defender.


Goalkeeper Lydia Kessel anchors the defense for Shoreham-Wading River, coming off its first county championship since 1987. Alex Kuhnle has the ability to shoot from anywhere, and Megan Kelly can muscle through any defense.

Sayville is strong in the backfield with Katie Ross, who has great foot skills, and Kim Monito, adept with both feet. Kelly Mara has speed and a strong shot up top.

Mary O'Hara is the field general for Islip. She's joined by Cassidy Hock, who has quick reactions in goal; Kerri McDonald, who's hard to knock off the ball; Emma Baumbush, a versatile talent; and Hanna Franco, a pure goal scorer.

Mount Sinai will play to feet from the backfield, which is anchored by Emily Shaljian, to the top, where Casey Schmitt is a threat.

Bayport-Blue Point is strong in the midfield with Ryan Reilly, a distributor, and Kerrigan Miller, who has breakaway speed.

Goalkeeper Danielle Bambola makes key saves at key moments for Miller Place.Glenn, a strong passing team, is led by midfielder Stephanie Tsangaris and sweeper Alexis Stickelman.


County runner-up Babylon has Megan Nerney, an athletic and skilled sweeper, in the back, and sophomores Sarah Quigley and Olivia Maldonado to create scoring chances. Center Moriches returns Megan Ricci in goal, Catherine Nolan in the midfield, and Casey Longo up top. Mattituck will be a possession based team led by midfielder Catherine Haynes, who has great technical skills.


Port Jefferson, which was in Class B last season, returns every player from a team that advanced to the state championship game. Jillian Colucci led Suffolk County in points with 29 goals and 12 assists. She's joined by Grace Swords on the outside, Corinne Scannell in the back, and Olivia Love in the midfield.

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