It was an experience on and off the pitch that the Islip High School girls varsity team may not soon forget.
In September, the team took part in the inaugural NYSSCOGS/New York State High School Girls Soccer Hall of Fame Tournament in Herkimer, N.Y. Islip was among 22 top girls soccer programs from across New York with teams representing Class AA through Class D.
Following its six-hour bus ride to Herkimer, located just east of Utica, the players attended the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony that included standout players such as Crystal Dunn, Allie Long, Emily Harner-Pickering, Sara Walen, Abby Wambach and Christie Welsh.
Among the inductees for the first Hall of Fame class was alumna Sue Weber-Alber, a high school and collegiate All-American who graduated from Islip in 2003.
During her college playing days at Hofstra University, Weber-Alber was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year three times, led the Pride to CAA titles and NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and 2007, was named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player twice, and earned a spot on the Hermann Trophy watch list for two years in a row. Weber-Alber’s No. 20 was retired by Hofstra in 2008.
Following her collegiate playing days, Weber-Alber was selected in the third round of the Women’s Professional Soccer league draft by the Boston Breakers and played for the team in 2009 under head coach Tony DiCicco, who coached the 1999 World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team.
Weber-Alber is a longtime team member and current captain of the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL W-League and serves as head coach of the St. Anthony’s High School girls soccer team. At the Hall of Fame ceremony, Weber-Alber was introduced by Islip head coach Mike Reilly.
On the pitch, Islip met top-ranked Liverpool, winning 1-0 in front of a large crowd at Herkimer Community College. The following day, Islip defeated, Baldwinsville 4-2 earning the title of champions of their division.
“It was a great experience for all of us, both on and off the pitch,” said Reilly.