Following a season where Amber Birchwell led William Floyd’s girls soccer team to its first playoff win in program history, the senior midfielder has been named the Large School Player of the Year by the Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches Association.
Birchwell finished her senior season with 27 goals and six assists, tops among Suffolk’s large schools. She recorded hat-tricks against Bellport, Brentwood and Mercy.
The Colonials finished the season with an 11-7 record (8-5 in League I). In the playoffs, William Floyd defeated Half Hollow Hills West 2-1, with Birchwell scoring both goals. The team would lose its next game to Commack 3-0.
According to a press release from William Floyd School District, Birchwell has achieved many accolades throughout her four-year varsity career that include All-League honors during her freshman year when the program participated in the Developmental League. The team rejoined League I in her sophomore year when she earned All-County status. In her junior year, Birchwell led the league in scoring with 15 goals and four assists, achieving All-Long Island and All-State honors. She is expected to earn All-Long Island, All-State and All-Regional honors for her senior season when the awards are announced in December.
“Some athletes may have been satisfied or even overjoyed by these accolades, but not Amber,” said Matthew Sanders, William Floyd’s head coach. “She set even higher goals for her senior season – helping her team win a playoff game for the first time in school history and becoming the Suffolk County Player of the Year – both of which she achieved.”
Sanders added, “I have witnessed her ability and competitiveness in a number of diverse and challenging situations. Her physical performance, competitiveness and leadership were invaluable factors in our team’s qualification for the playoffs and first-ever playoff victory. It was both a privilege and honor to coach a once-in-a-lifetime player like Amber.”
Birchwell was also named among the “Top 50 Girls Soccer Players on Long Island” by Newsday, was placed on the “All-American Watch List” by Top Drawer Soccer and had the honor of training with the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program for 10 days in Spain last year. She will play her college ball at Providence College.