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Forecast 2017: Long Island Boys Soccer

by Dylan Butler on
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 4:54 PM — @Dylan_Butler

Updated Wed, Aug 16, 2017 1:38 PM

England’s Premier League returned this weekend and that means the Long Island boys soccer season is right around the corner.

What should we expect in 2017? In short, a wide open season with no clear favorites in Suffolk, Nassau or the CHSAA.

There are some intriguing storylines this fall and some special players who are certain to light up the pitch.

 

1) Will Nassau Class A be as unpredictable as in the past?

There have been three different champions since Jericho captured three straight titles from 2011-13 and, in the case of South Side and Floral Park, teams that weren’t a top seed in the tournament. A year ago, it was the top seed Glen Cove who won a first county title since 1967, defeating South Side, 1-0.

The Big Red, who lost to Amityville on penalty kicks in the Long Island ‘A’ final, returns forward Jelson Bonilla and should again be considered a contender. The same is true of South Side, which has won three of the last eight Nassau ‘A’ titles. The favorites, though, reside in Jericho. Returning are two of Long Island’s best players in goalkeeper Tyler McElhinney and midfielder Matteo Martino.

 

2) Who will emerge from Suffolk AA?

Arguably the toughest championship to win this fall is in Suffolk County. A year ago, Brentwood captured its 12th county title, and first since 2012, by defeating Newfield, 4-2, in a thrilling title game. The Indians were the fourth Class AA champion in the last four years.

Both of last year’s finalists will be among several contenders this fall, including Commack, Hills East, Hills West, Walt Whitman, Floyd and Northport in what arguably is the deepest classification in the state.

 

3) Who raises the hardware in the CHSAA?

If you picked Chaminade or St. Anthony’s in years past, you pretty much had a 50-50 chance with the archrivals dominating the landscape for the better part of the last decade. But this might be the year you don’t automatically pencil them in as championship contenders.

Kellenberg has shown improvement year over year and might be poised to push the league’s top two teams this season and has one of the CHSAA’s top returning players in senior defender Giuseppe Coppola.

Chaminade is the two-time defending champion after a senior-laden squad defeated St. Anthony’s in the title game (WATCH FULL GAME) last November en route to a sixth CHSAA state title. The Flyers return just senior midfielder Tim de Meij and senior defender John Murphy, but under the guidance of Michael Gallagher, Chaminade is certainly in the mix to defend its title.

St. Anthony’s is arguably the favorite this year with a rock-solid defense featuring one of LongIsland’s top returning goalkeepers in Rob Leamey as well as returning starting defenders Matt Barresi and Andrew Weltner.

Who are some of the top boys soccer players in 2017? We list 50 of them, in alphabetical order here.

 

2017 LONG ISLAND BOYS SOCCER PLAYERS TO WATCH

BOBBY ABSHIRE, Commack
Senior Midfielder, verbally committed to West Point (lacrosse)

NATE AMATO, Huntington
Senior Goalkeeper

ERIC AMAYA, Center Moriches
Senior Midfielder

FLAVIO ANJO, Mineola
Junior Defender

BRYAN ARGUETA, Brentwood
Senior Defender

MATTHEW BARBERY, Hills East
Senior Defender

MATT BARRESI, St. Anthony’s
Senior Defender

JELSON BONILLA, Glen Cove
Senior Forward

DUSTIN BROWN, Eastport-South Manor
Senior Defender

JUSTIN CARRANO, Northport
Senior Defender

ANTHONY CASSANO, Ward Melville
Junior Defender

RAFAEL CELANI, Newfield
Junior Forward

MARCELLO CHACON, North Babylon
Senior Midfielder

DYLAN CHAN, Hills West
Senior Forward 

SEAN COLES, Hauppauge
Junior Forward

ALEX COOPER, Jericho
Senior Defender

TIM DE MEIJ, Chaminade
Senior Midfielder

GIUSEPPE COPPOLA, Kellenberg
Senior Defender

GIOVANNI FIORE, William Floyd
Senior Forward

NICK GOMEZ, Newfield
Junior Midfielder

WILBER GOMEZ, Brentwood
Senior Midfielder

TYLER GRIPPO, Hauppauge
Senior Midfielder

ROLMAN GUARDADO, Amityville
Junior Midfielder

BEN HAMILTON, Center Moriches
Senior Midfielder

OSCAR HERNANDEZ, Amityville
Senior Forward

ADRIAN IZAGUIRRE, Newfield
Senior Defender

LUKE KASULKE, Seaford
Senior Midfielder

AIDAN KEENAN, Commack
Junior Forward

JON LAMANTIA, St. Anthony’s
Senior Forward

ROB LEAMEY, St. Anthony’s
Senior Goalkeeper

MATTEO MARTINO, Jericho
Senior Midfielder

ANDREW MCDONNELL, Smithtown West
Senior Midfielder

TYLER MCELHINNEY, Jericho
Senior Goalkeeper

EOGHAN MCGOVERN, Kings Park
Senior Defender

EVAN MEINKE, William Floyd
Senior Midfielder

TYLER MEOTTI, Commack
Junior Midfielder

JOHN MURPHY, Chaminade
Senior Defender 

LEO MUSCACCHIA, Hills West
Senior Midfielder

BEN NACHT, Hills West
Junior Goalkeeper

SEBASTIAN PEREIRA, Southampton
Senior Midfielder

COLIN SHERLOCK, Lindenhurst
Senior Defender

BRYAN SIERRA, St. Anthony’s
Senior Forward

CHRIS SPALDING, John Glenn
Senior Goalkeeper

STONE STRONGIN, Hicksville
Junior Defender/Midfielder

NICK TAGIOS, Wheatley
Junior Forward

WESLEY VASQUEZ, Lawrence
Senior Forward

ANDREW WEINER, Mepham
Junior Forward

ANDREW WELTNER, St. Anthony’s
Senior Defender

JACK WETZEL, Northport
Senior Forward

AIDEN WILSON, St. Anthony’s
Junior Midfielder

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