Adelphi’s Groth, Gomez, LIU Post’s Vistnes Earn DII All-American Honors

Taylor Groth, Laura Gomez and Susanne Vistnes.
Taylor Groth, Laura Gomez and Susanne Vistnes.

Two members of Adelphi’s women’s soccer team along with a member of LIU Post’s women’s soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2015 All-America Teams for the NCAA Division II.

Senior Taylor Groth of Adelphi from Setauket and Laura Gomez, and her teammate, junior Laura Gomez from Deer Park, are among the 12 players selected as Third Team All-Americans. Joining Groth and Gomez is LIU Post’s Susanne Vistnes, who was named a Second Team All-American.

Earning the NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Groth helped Adelphi’s defense to the 19th best goals-against average of 0.61 to opponents while also allowing just 7.9 shots per-game. The defender scored her only goal of the season in a 3-0 win against Saint Michael’s on September 19. Throughout her collegiate career, Groth started all 84 of her appearances. In addition to being an All-American for her achievements on the field, the senior is also a two-time Academic All-America honoree.

A graduate of St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, Groth played four years of varsity soccer, was a three-time All-League selection and earned the Coaches’ Award. She was also team captain for her junior and senior high school years.

Gomez scored a team-high 12 goals that ranked her first in the Northeast-10 Conference and 45th in the country. Named Player of the Year for the NE-10, Gomez posted seven game-winning goals throughout the season to rank first in the league and seventh in the country. The junior forward also posted four assists to total 28 points, third most in the conference as well as 55th best in the NCAA. Earlier this week, she was named the D2CCA East Region Player of the Year.

During her high school career, Gomez was a two-time team MVP and garnered numerous other honors including All-League, All-Conference and All-County. She was named Newsday’s Player of the Week on Oct. 19, 2011.

A native of Randaberg, Norway, Vistnes, had previously been named a Third Team selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Vistnes will graduate as the LIU Post women’s soccer all-time leading goal and point scorer. She also helped the team reach the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship for the second-straight year.

The senior tallied 19 goals and eight assists in 2015. She ranked in the Top-10 in all of Division II in goals, points, points per game (2.19) and game-winning goals (7). Vistnes rounds out her strong four-year career at LIU Post with a program-best 176 points on 71 goals and 34 assists.