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Top 50 Long Island girls soccer players to watch

Meet the top 50 Long Island girls soccer players to watch for the fall 2016 season, listed in alphabetical order.

Talani Barnett, Bay Shore, M, Junior

The Ohio State verbal commit plays with an
Credit: James Escher

The Ohio State verbal commit plays with an incredibly unselfish style, looking to set her teammates up for the goals. Tremendous at winning battles in the air.

Grace Bernardi, Massapequa, M, Sophomore

A defense-first midfielder, Bernardi is a force that's
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

A defense-first midfielder, Bernardi is a force that's difficult to get past. She added a goal and three assists last season.

Amber Birchwell, Floyd, M, Senior

The Providence College commit is a dynamic playmaker
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Providence College commit is a dynamic playmaker who is extremely dangerous when the ball's at her feet. She had 15 goals and four assists last season after scoring a combined 25 goals her first two varsity seasons.

Hope Breslin, Massapequa, M, Senior

The Newsday and New York State Class A
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Newsday and New York State Class A Player of the Year had 28 goals and 13 assists last season to lead Massapequa to its third straight state championship. She's committed to the University of Illinois.

Jackie Carty, East Islip, G, Senior

A standout in net, Carty's goalkeeping was a
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

A standout in net, Carty's goalkeeping was a major reason East Islip reached the postseason last year.

Jillian Colucci, Port Jefferson, F, Senior

The Class C New York State Player of
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Class C New York State Player of the Year returns looking to lead Port Jefferson to back-to-back state championships. Colucci had 18 goals and 12 assists last season.

Sabrina Cristodero, St. Anthony’s, F, Senior

The University of Florida lacrosse commit is just
Credit: James Escher

The University of Florida lacrosse commit is just as dangerous with a soccer ball. Her speed and athleticism creates nightmare 1-on-1 matchups as the Friars look for their third straight state title.

Alicia D’Aoust, Smithtown West, F, Junior

D'Aoust's breakaway speed resulted in eight goals and
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

D'Aoust's breakaway speed resulted in eight goals and six assists last season after a 12-goal freshman season resulting in a county final appearance. She is committed to Rutgers.

Sarah Dibble, Sachem North, M, Senior

The Binghamton commit enters her fifth season on
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Binghamton commit enters her fifth season on varsity after leading the team in assists and finishing second in goals last year.

Ally Diez, South Side, M, Senior

With three goals and eight assists last season,
Credit: James Escher

With three goals and eight assists last season, Diez uses her exceptional vision and playmaking ability to set up her teammates in the game's biggest moment. She's a returning first-team All-Long Island selection.

Lauren Downey, Hauppauge, F, Senior

Downey's speed separates her from most players in
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Downey's speed separates her from most players in the county. Her ability to finish plays resulted in 16 goals and nine assists last season.

Yamilee Eveillard, Valley Stream North, F, Senior

The Conference AB-III Player of the Year had
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Conference AB-III Player of the Year had 16 goals and four assists last season.

Celina Falzarano, Roslyn, M, Junior

In a season cut short by injury, Falzarano
Credit: James Escher

In a season cut short by injury, Falzarano still posted nine goals and five assists.

Selena Fortich, North Shore, M, Junior

Fortich had six goals and five assists and

Fortich had six goals and five assists and continues to improve for North Shore beacuse of her terrific playmaking ability.

Hannah Franco, Islip, F, Sophomore

Franco, who was injured in last season's Long
Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Franco, who was injured in last season's Long Island Championship Game, will be a major piece in Islip's quest for back-to-back state championships.

Katherine Galzerano, Garden City, M, Senior

This tough, two-way midfielder provides a steady defensive
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This tough, two-way midfielder provides a steady defensive presence with a dangerous offensive attack for the defending Nassau Class A champions.

Catherine Gambino, Carle Place, M, Senior

Gambino had eight goals and eight assists to
Credit: James Escher

Gambino had eight goals and eight assists to lead Carle Place to a Nassau Class B championship last season.

Julia Hannon, Massapequa, M, Sophomore

Hannon had nine goals and 13 assists as
Credit: James Escher

Hannon had nine goals and 13 assists as a freshman and continues to get better.

Kayla Homeyer, Kings Park, D, Senior

Homeyer enters her third season starting at center
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Homeyer enters her third season starting at center back and is an anchor to the Kings Park defense.

Caitlin Kennedy, Sacred Heart, F, Sophomore

A versatile forward, Kennedy had 10 goals as
Credit: James Escher

A versatile forward, Kennedy had 10 goals as a freshman.

Lydia Kessel, Shoreham-Wading River, G, Junior

Kessel has 26 shutouts in her two varsity
Credit: James Escher

Kessel has 26 shutouts in her two varsity seasons and is the anchor and vocal leader of Shoreham-Wading River's backline.

Kayla Klarides, South Side, G, Senior

Klarides allowed only 10 goals while making 141
Credit: James Escher

Klarides allowed only 10 goals while making 141 saves last season, helping South Side reach the Class A county championship game.

Juliana Klaum, South Side, M, Senior

The defensive-minded midfielder had four assists last season
Credit: James Escher

The defensive-minded midfielder had four assists last season while giving opponents problems all over the field.

Alex Kuhnle, Shoreham-Wading River, M, Senior

The William and Mary commit has great field
Credit: James Escher

The William and Mary commit has great field vision as she both creates and finishes plays for the Wildcats.

Cybele Laisney, Northport, M, Senior

Few players in Suffolk can compete with Laisney
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Few players in Suffolk can compete with Laisney on plays in the air as she facilitates the offense at midfield.

Allison LaMonica, Wheatley, F, Senior

The dynamic playmaker had nine goals and 17
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The dynamic playmaker had nine goals and 17 assists last season as Wheatley had the best record among Nassau Class B teams.

Erin Loonie, Lynbrook, M, Senior

With 10 goals and 15 assists last season,
Credit: Handout

With 10 goals and 15 assists last season, Loonie is a threat whenever she has the ball.

Casey Luongo, Center Moriches, F, Senior

Long Island's leading goal scorer (31 goals) led
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Long Island's leading goal scorer (31 goals) led Center Moriches to the Class B Long Island Championship last season.

Olivia Maldonado, Babylon, M, Junior

Maldonado led Babylon to the Suffolk Class B
Credit: James Escher

Maldonado led Babylon to the Suffolk Class B championship game with 21 goals during the season. The versatile facilitator excels on both offense and defense with exceptional field vision.

Kelly Marra, Sayville, F, Senior

The dangerous forward leads Sayville in a very
Credit: James Escher

The dangerous forward leads Sayville in a very competitive Suffolk Class A.

Clare O’Connor, Port Jefferson, F, Senior

Suffolk County's leading point scorer had 20 goals
Credit: James Escher

Suffolk County's leading point scorer had 20 goals and 21 assists for the Class C state champion last season.

Halle Palmedo, Manhasset, F, Junior

Palmedo had 11 goals and four assists last
Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Palmedo had 11 goals and four assists last season in the competitive Nassau Conference AB-I.

Lisette Palomo, West Hempstead, F, Senior

With 13 goals and four assists last season,
Credit: James Escher

With 13 goals and four assists last season, Palomo is a dangerous scorer whenever she touches the ball.

Sydney Pasquarella, Commack, F, Senior

Pasquarella helped lead Commack to an undefeated regular
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Pasquarella helped lead Commack to an undefeated regular season before losing in the semifinals. She'll play at LIU Post next season.

Maureen Pearson, Kellenberg, M, Senior

Pearson is a two-way standout on the field
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Pearson is a two-way standout on the field for Kellenberg.

Francesca Picicci, St. Anthony’s, M, Senior

Picicci (nine goals, six assists) has a knack
Credit: James Escher

Picicci (nine goals, six assists) has a knack for the big moment, scoring the overtime goal in St. Anthony's CHSAA semifinal win en route to its second straight state title. The University of New Hampshire commit has terrific field vision and technical skills at midfield.

Dana Poetzsch, Hicksville, F, Senior

The dangerous scorer posted 11 goals and three
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The dangerous scorer posted 11 goals and three assists last season.

Skylar Prendergast, St. John the Baptist, M, Sophomore

Prendergast continues to hold her own against the
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Prendergast continues to hold her own against the best in the CHSAA and looks to catapult St. John the Baptist to a deep postseason run.

Megan Raftery, Ward Melville, D, Senior

The West Point lacrosse commit is one of
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The West Point lacrosse commit is one of the toughest defenders in Suffolk. The athletic defender is one of the unquestioned leaders for the Patriots.

Stephanie Rapp, Northport, D, Senior

The League II MVP anchored a defense at
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The League II MVP anchored a defense at center back that didn't allow a goal all season. Northport lost in the Suffolk II semifinals on penalty kicks.

Caroline Rosales, Harborfields, M, Senior

Talented at finishing goals with her left or
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Talented at finishing goals with her left or right foot, Rosales led Harborfields with 10 goals and 11 assists last season.

Rachel Rosen, Port Washington, M, Senior

The potent playmaker distributes the ball on offense
Credit: James Escher

The potent playmaker distributes the ball on offense and controls the middle of the field on both sides.

Alexis Saladino, Newfield, G, Junior

Ranking among the save leaders in Suffolk, Saladino
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Ranking among the save leaders in Suffolk, Saladino has taken over as captain and will be the key component if Newfield makes its first playoff appearance in more than 10 years.

Danielle Sclafani, Commack, M, Senior

The UMass-Amherst commit has excellent field vision and
Credit: James Escher

The UMass-Amherst commit has excellent field vision and gets the offense started at midfield as one of the leaders of a team that went undefeated in the regular season.

Nicole Scudero, Hauppauge, M, Junior

The midfielder controls the middle of the field,
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The midfielder controls the middle of the field, finishing her sophomore season with 15 goals and five assists.

Megan Seel, Garden City, D, Senior

With terrific speed, Seel is an imposing defensive

With terrific speed, Seel is an imposing defensive threat with the ability to cover the whole field. Her defensive prowess was key to Garden City's championship season.

Lauryn Shin, Syosset, M, Senior

Shin had seven goals and an assist before

Shin had seven goals and an assist before her season was cut short by a torn ACL.

Stephanie Sparkowski, East Meadow, G, Freshman

Playing against some of the toughest competition in
Credit: James Escher

Playing against some of the toughest competition in Nassau, Sparkowski relieves stress on the offense knowing she's in net and continues to improve her game.

Lyndsey Sparks, Islip, F, Senior

Sparks was named New York State Championship MVP,
Credit: Rich Barnes

Sparks was named New York State Championship MVP, scoring both goals in Islip's two 1-0 victories en route to its first state title in program history.

Stephanie Tsangaris, Glenn, F, Junior

Tsangaris had 12 goals and eight assists last
Credit: James Escher

Tsangaris had 12 goals and eight assists last season and looks to lead Glenn in a very competitive Suffolk League VI.

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