Four local players, including three from Long Island, will be heading north this fall as they join Binghamton University’s men’s soccer team.
Matthew Cozetti of Commack, Anthony Lazaridis of Medford, Tyler Meotti of Commack and Sean Molloy of Forest Hills are among the eight players who will be on the roster of head coach Paul Marco’s team.
“This incoming class might be one of the more well-rounded classes that we’ve had,” Marco said. “We have brought in players that excel on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities.”
Cozetti, a forward at Commack High School, was an All-County selection, Newsday All-Long Island selection, All-State and All-Region selection and was named Big School Player of the Year and League 1 MVP.
He currently plays for the Barça Academy Pro NY 2000 team. Cozetti won the State Cup Championship in 2016 and was a two-time EDP league champion. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Matt will compete to play somewhere up front,” Marco said. “He can play both centrally and wide and is able to get goals when his teams need them the most. He is also great at capitalizing on half-chances inside the box.”
Lazaridis is a midfielder from Patchogue-Medford High School. A two-time League 1 All-Conference selection, in 2018 was a League 1 All-County selection. He also participated in the Suffolk vs. Nassau All-Star Game.
Academically, Lazaridis is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, History Honor Society, and National Honor Society. He currently plays club soccer for the Barça Academy Pro NY 2000 team and won the State Cup championship in 2016.
“Anthony brings great energy to the group,” Marco said. “He is a tenacious player that is relentless and is also a simple player, sees the field well, and plays his part. He will compete to play in midfield or up front his freshman year.”
Meotti, a midfielder from Commack High School, is a four-year letterman on the varsity team and was an All-Conference selection his junior year. During his senior year, he was named All-County and All-Long Island Second Team. He was the winner of the Joshua Butzke Award for most outstanding midfielder and was a member of the 2018 Suffolk County All-Star team.
He currently plays club soccer for the Barça Academy Pro NY 2000 team. Meotti won the State Cup championship in 2016 and was a two-time EDP league champion.
“Tyler sees the game well and has good technical ability. He can unlock opponents with his deceptive play and a great range of passing. He will compete to play in midfield his freshman year.” Marco said.
Molloy is a midfielder who plays for BW Gottschee of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He helped lead his team to the 2018 USSDA playoffs that were held in California.
In addition to his playing days at Archbishop Molloy High School, Molloy has trained with Charlton Athletic in England and has played in tournaments in Bolivia and Spain.
“Sean is an extremely clever player who has great soccer IQ and technical ability,” Marco said. “With his vision and knowledge of the game, he will be a threat in the middle of the park. Sean enjoys the ball and connecting the game as well as being productive with goals and assists. He will compete to play in midfield as a freshman.”