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Top 50 Long Island girls soccer players for 2017

Bay Shore's Talani Barnett  before a girls soccer

Bay Shore's Talani Barnett  before a girls soccer game on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

With the fall breeze already approaching Long Island, it means the high school girls soccer season is set to kickoff. Here’s a look at the top 50 high school girls soccer players this season, listed in alphabetical order.

Talani Barnett, Bay Shore, M, Senior: The Ohio State commit plays with an unselfish style. She controls the middle of the field, sets up teammates for goals while striking some of her own.

Sarah Bayer, Mepham, F, Senior: Committed to Loyola (Maryland). She had five goals and four assists last year.

Grace Bernardi, Massapequa, M, Junior: One of Long Island’s best ball-control midfielders, Bernardi will create nightmare matchups offensively and defensively for opponents. Had one goal and seven assists last season.

Tiffany Bernot, Wheatley, M, Junior: Helped Wildcats reach their first state semifinal since 2006. Had 12 goals and 12 assists and is entering her fourth varsity season.

Christina Biscardi, Sacred Heart, M, Junior: Dangerous two-way midfielder, helped Spartans to its their state CHSAA championship since 2008.

Jennifer Bonifazio, St. Anthony’s, CM, Senior: Potent player with the ball, looking to lead Friars on another deep playoff run.

Erika Breitfeller, Lindenhurst, F, Senior: Had 16 goals and four assists last season, committed to Fairfield and looks to lead Bulldogs to the playoffs.

Ellen Byrnes, Sacred Heart, D, Senior: One of the anchors of a championship-quality defense.

Morgan Camarda, Massapequa, D/F, Senior: Versatile player will take on a larger role this season for the four-time defending Nassau AA champion. Very athletic, she made the switch from offense to defense with ease last season. Will likely play both this year.

Alex Chruma, South Side, M, Junior: Will take on a larger role for a perennial Long Island power program. Had six goals and two assists last season.

Victoria Colatosti, Northport, F, Senior: Always attracting the attention of opposing defenses, she had 20 goals and eight assists for the Suffolk AA champions last year.

Julia Conforti, Northport, F, Senior: Conforti, who sets up herself and others, totaled11 goals and nitotaled 11s last season.

Annie Coogan, Calhoun, F, Senior: Led the Nassau AA runners-up with eight goals and three assists last season, including the winning goal against Port Washington in the semifinals.

Taylor D’Alessandro, West Hempstead, D, Senior: Committed to play at Iona, D’Alessandro is a defender who strikes fear into opposing players.

Kasey Dorney, Deer Park, F, Senior: Had 13 goals and three assists for a Falcons team that reached the Suffolk AA semifinals last season.

Selena Fortich, North Shore, M, Senior: Committed to University of Miami, Fortich is one of the most dynamic players on Long Island. Athletic, dual-threat midfielder had four goals and seven assists last year.

Hannah Franco, Islip, M, Senior: With the ability to raise her play in the biggest games, the returning All-Long Island selection looks to lead Buccaneers to another deep playoff run. Had 12 goals, 12 assists last season.

Jessica Garziano, Half Hollow Hills East, M, Junior: Dynamic midfielder looks to lead Thunderbirds to the playoffs in Suffolk III.

Izzy Glennon, North Shore, F, Senior: Terrific around the goal, Glennon had 18 goals and eight assists last season.

Gina Giovinco, Lynbrook, M, Senior: Committed to University of South Carolina, Giovinco leads an experienced team after totaling five goals and three assists last year.

Samantha Hogan, Kings Park, M/F, Junior: Versatile player lines up all around the field, had seven goals and three assists last season.

Kelsey Innes, North Babylon, M, Senior: With 11 goals and eight assists during her varsity tenure, Innes helps set the tone from midfield.

Danielle Jonas, Hicksville, M, Senior: Taking on a larger role this season, Jonas supplied a strong defensive presence last season, but may be more of an offensive player this year.

Caitlin Kennedy, Sacred Heart, F, Junior: Returning All-Long Island selection led CHSAA with 26 goals and helped Spartans win their first CHSAA state championship since 2008.

Lydia Kessel, Shoreham-Wading River, G, Senior: One of the top goaltenders on Long Island and committed to University of Vermont, Kessel is entering her fourth season in net for the Wildcats.

Julianna King, Wantagh, G, Senior: Her strong play helped the Warriors reach the Nassau A semifinals last season.

Olivia Maldonado, Babylon, M, Senior: Had 13 goals and five assists for the Suffolk B champions.

Lauren Maline, Commack, D, Senior: Tremendous athlete leads Commack’s backline, and has alsoback lineome goal-scoring ability.

Jill Mapley, Westhampton, M, Senior: Excellent vision and playmaking ability, Mapley is committed to Villanova. She had 13 goals and eight assists last year.

Caroline McCarthy, Port Washington, F, Senior: Returning from ACL surgery, McCarthy hopes to help lead the Vikings to a deep playoff run.

Emily McNelis, Northport, M, Senior: Athletic midfielder looking to help Tigers win another Suffolk AA title. Had six goals and eight assists last season and scored the winning goal in the 2017 season-opener against Ward Melville.

Emily Mendel, Comsewogue, D, Junior: One of Suffolk’s toughest defenders to beat on the ball.

Jackie Morris, Garden City, D, Senior: Key fixture returning from the Class A champions’ dominant defense.

Kayla Multer, Islip, D, Senior: Started every game since joining varsity and is one of the top sweepers on Long Island.

Halle Palmedo, Manhasset, F, Senior: Looking to end her senior season on a high note, Palmedo leads a team looking for a deep playoff run. Had six goals and nine assists last year.

Brianna Passaro, St. Anthony’s, F, Junior: Had five goals and three assists last season and will be a key finisher near the net this season.

Haylee Poltorak, Massapequa, G, Senior: Returns in net for the winner of the last five Nassau AA championships. One of the leaders for a team that reached the Class AA state final last year.

Skylar Prendergast, St. John the Baptist, M, Senior: Committed to UConn, controls the middle of the field.

Taylor Regensburger, Newfield, D/F, Senior: Switching from offense to defense sometimes multiple times a game, Regensburger had 13 goals and four assists for an improved team.

Emily Rose, Holy Trinity, M/F, Senior: Committed to Hofstra, Rose’s playmaking ability led to a 12-goal, six-assist season.

Rebecca Rosen, Port Washington, F, Senior: Had seven goals and three assists as Vikings reached the Nassau AA semifinals last season.

Alexis Saladino, Newfield, GK, Senior: As Newfield’s starting goalie since the middle of her eighth grade season, Saladino has been the focal point of a program improving every season. Athletic goaltender hopes to lead Wolverines on a deep playoff run.

Caiya Schuster, Mount Sinai, M, Senior: She started as goalie last season for the Suffolk A champions and will move back to her natural midfield position this year.

Nicole Scudero, Hauppauge, M, Senior: Had six goals and five assists last season and will be key for a team moving from Suffolk AA to A this season.

Allison Seidman, Commack, F, Senior: Eight goals and six assists for a dangerous team looking for a deep postseason run.

Stephanie Sparkowski, East Meadow, G, Sophomore: Verbally committed to Michigan, Sparkowski is already one of the Jets’ leaders despite only being a sophomore.

Marissa Stanco, Portledge, F, Senior: Committed to Fordham, Stanco is capable of scoring whenever she touches the ball.

Stephanie Tsangaris, Glenn, F, Senior: With 13 goals and 12 assists last season, Tsangaris is no easy matchup for any defender.

Olivia Wesch, Manhasset, D, Senior: Defensive anchor of a team looking to make a strong playoff run.

Kayla Winicki, Ward Melville, D, Senior: One of the toughest defenders on Long Island, Winicki can keep the most potent opponents in check.

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