Written by Observer Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 14 February 2014 10:28
Massapequa Park resident Kim DeCesare is taking her considerable soccer skills to New England to play for the Boston Breakers, who selected her in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft last month in Philadelphia.
The 22-year-old played two years for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and one year on Region 1 ODP.
In the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), Kim played from Girls-Under-10 to Girls-Under-18 with the Massapequa Power. After she and her teammates graduated from high school, the Power no longer existed so Kim then played two summers with the LIJSL’s HBC Arsenal.
“I started coaching Kimberly when she was a five-year-old girl in squirts in the Massapequa Soccer Club. I was fortunate to have her for much of her intramural seasons,” said Massapequa Power coach Tom Daly. “I had the pleasure of watching her grow up to be a leader, a talented athlete, a driven competitor and most importantly a well-rounded young lady.”
She won one state championship with Massapequa High School and counted a game as a freshman as one of her best moments ever on a soccer field.
“I was called up from JV and played in my second high school game versus our rivals South Side,” DeCesare said. “We went into overtime and our coaches, Bruce Stegner and Kerry Jacobs, put me up top although I normally played defense. I scored in the first overtime and we won the game, 1-0. Scoring as a freshman in high school playing with my varsity team idols was huge for me.”
DeCesare dominated in 2008 at Massapequa High School, as she was named the Most Valuable Player in girls soccer in Nassau County and received the Michael Clarke Award, named after the esteemed Eastern New York Hall of Famer, as well as being honored as the Newsday Long Island Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year for New York State.
The National Honor Society member used a LIJSL Scholarship to partially fund her education at Duke University. As a redshirt sophomore, she scored the first goal of the game in a 4-1 victory over Wake Forest in the NCAA Semifinals to send the Blue Devils to the final, where they lost to Stanford, 1-0.
“Kimberly became the mainstay on defense for the Massapequa Power. With sort of an old-school mind set, there was never a harder worker in practice or better teammate. She always put the team’s success before her own accolades,” said coach Daly. “She was there when someone needed a pat on the back, or even a soft kick in the butt. She’s earned everything she has achieved with her blood, sweat and heart. I have never seen anyone want something so badly, and put so much work into achieving a dream. I am thrilled for her on being drafted into the NWSL.”