2017 Recap: SleterFC’s 9 Most Read Stories

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Hofstra's Kristin Desmond. Photo: Hofstra Univ.

It was another busy year of soccer action across Long Island and the New York Metropolitan Area and SleterFC.com reported on a number of stories the grabbed the attention of local fans.

From both local Major League Soccer teams qualifying for the postseason to the summertime success of the Long Island Rough Riders in United Women’s Soccer and the NCAA Tournament berths of the women’s soccer teams at Hofstra and Stony Brook, it was another big year for a number of area teams.

To look back at some of the highlights of 2017, we share with you the nine most read stories from the past 12 months.

  1. All-American Kristin Desmond Eyes Future After Hofstra

After leading Hofstra’s women’s soccer team to Colonial Athletic Association regular season and postseason titles and an NCAA Tournament berth, the East Northport native was named a United Soccer Coaches Third-Team All-American.

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    Kayla Saager

    East Islip’s Kayla Saager Finds A Home At Binghamton

After struggling with injuries and sitting out a year, Kayla Saager was back on the pitch at Binghamton University and enjoyed a strong junior season. She reflected on her journey to upstate New York.

  1. SUSA To Launch WPSL Team In Summer 2018

Long Island-based SUSA FC has been accepted into the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the 2018 summer season.

  1. Velaj Brace Leads Surf Over Magic

The summer’s United Women’s Soccer season was a busy one for local teams, including New York Surf. Our game coverage of Surf’s 5-0 win over New York Magic, which included a brace from Furtuna Velaj, was among our top read stories.

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    St. Joseph’s Gagliardi Has A Record-Setting Day

Ronkonkoma native Christina Gagliardi, a Sachem North High School graduate, had five goals and two assists in St. Joseph’s 8-1 win over Brooklyn College on September 9.

  1. Hofstra Men’s Soccer Signs Three Long Island Stars

Three of Nassau County’s top high school boys soccer players signed letters of intent to attend Hofstra University beginning in the fall of 2017.

  1. Marra’s Rough Riders Summer Relights Her Soccer Spark
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Kimberly Marra

When Sayville’s Kim Marra hit the pitch this past summer with the Long Island Rough Riders for the 2017 United Women’s Soccer season, she was hoping to relight the spark that drove her love of the beautiful game. The result was better than she expected.

  1. Hofstra’s Riddiough Joins Long Island SC

In addition to his duties as head coach for Hofstra’s women’s soccer team, Simon Riddiough will also serve as a member of the Long Island Soccer Club’s technical staff.

  1. Three Rough Riders On UWS Team of the Week

The final weekend of the UWS season was a big one for the Long Island Rough Riders and three Long Islanders were honored for having a big impact.