Following the 2017 season in which the NYIT women’s soccer team finished 9-7 and one-point from a post-season berth, head coach Karim Diallo is adding eight new players including several Long Islanders.
Caitlin Barcelo, back, Doral (Fla.) Academy Charter HS: As a junior last spring, Barcelo earned 5A-4A second-team All-Dade County from the Miami Herald. She received honorable mention recognition in 2016 as a sophomore. She has 37 goals, with a senior season still to complete. “She’s an outside back. She can also play the outside forward,” Diallo said. “She’s very skillful. She’s an attacking outside back.”
Lyndsie Brunner, back, East Islip HS: Brunner primarily plays center defense. “But she can play any position in the back really — outside back, center back,” Diallo said.
Hannah Franco, forward, Islip HS: Franco earned one of 60 spots nationally on the United Soccer Coaches Fall High School Girls All-America team. After producing eight goals and 18 assists as a senior this past season, she also was the New York State Class A Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection. In 2015, Islip won a state title and went undefeated with Franco as a sophomore. Her mother, Tara, graduated from NYIT with a graphic design degree. “Hannah scores goal,” Diallo said.
Grace Guglielmo, midfielder, West Babylon HS: Guglielmo’s older sister, Melissa, played goalkeeper for Diallo at Dowling College, producing a combined 0.79 GAA, 216 saves and 24 shutouts in 70 matches over four seasons. “Grace is a great kid,” Diallo said. “She plays in the midfield. She’s very skillful and has good size. She’s very calm on the ball.”
Meaghan Mancini, back/forward, Clifton (N.J.) HS: Mancini is a three-time all-county selection. She tallied 66 goals and 33 assists during her high school career. “She’s a very tough kid from Jersey,” Diallo said. “She has a lot of speed. She’s versatile, too.”
Kayla Multer, back, Islip HS: Multer earned sixth-team all-state recognition in the fall. She is teammates and good friends with Brunner and Franco from their time together with the East Islip Red Storm travel squad. “She’s a versatile defender,” Diallo said. “She also can play in the midfield.”
Ane Rake, back, Nadderud HS: The lone international signee this period, Rake hails from Bekkestua, Norway. She was named “most flexible” by her coaches for her ability to play multiple positions and her understanding of the game. Her team participated in the Gothia Tipselit Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2016 and 2017. The first of those two years, the squad reached the semifinals, which is the best result ever by a Norwegian entry. In 2015, the team finished second in the Iber Cup in Portugal and became Norwegian champions for 16-year-old girls. Rake also is a former top-15 alpine skier in Norway. “She’s an attacking outside back, which is going to help us with the way we want to play,” Diallo said.
Maggie Thibault, midfielder, Baldwin HS: Thibault debuted on varsity as an eighth grader and started 68 games in total as a midfielder, tallying 42 goals and 36 assists. She was an all-county selection and the conference player of the year as a senior while captaining Baldwin for a second straight season. “She’s an attacking midfielder,” Diallo said.
NYIT previously added Division I UMass Lowell transfer and Iceland native Natalia Reynisdottir. Reynsdottir, who will be a junior eligibility-wise in the fall, already is on campus studying biotechnology.