Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
The 12-0-1 Long Island Fury was well represented in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Eastern Conference Team of the Year.
Coach Paul Riley was named as the Eastern Conference Coach of the Year.
In addition, 17-year-old forward Vicki DiMartino of Massapequa Park and defender Alyssa Pember of Northport were named as the Eastern Conference Co-Players of the Year.
“Vicki has been sensational this season,” said Coach Riley. “She is quick, two great feet, brave and has a total professional attitude both on and off the field. She is dynamic and her performance at the Under 17 World Cup in which she was the second leading scorer says it all. She has continued that superb form for the Long Island Fury this year in the WPSL.”
DiMartino played in 10 games this season, being named Offensive Most Valuable Player in eight of them. She is the WPSL’s second leading scorer with13 goals and five assists while all the time being marked by defenders a decade older than she.
“Alyssa has been the rock of our defense and has matured into one of the best central defenders in the country,” Riley added. “She is quick, strong, great in one-on-one situations and her leadership qualities are exemplary. Her tackling is ferocious, she is superb in the air and very good on the ball. She was born to defend and lead and she is a massive part of our Long Island Fury’s success this year.”
Pember, an original member of the Fury, has been named Defensive MVP in two games this year and leads a stingy defense that concedes less than a goal per game.
Joining DiMartino and Pember on the All-Eastern Conference first team are midfielder and team captain Kelly Henderson of Baldwin. The 2006 WPSL Final Four MVP led the Fury to the national title that year and has four goals and four assists in 2009.