LIU WSOC Add 10 Players For 2019 Season

LIU, Grace Cagnina
Lindenhurst native Grace Cagnina will play her college ball at LIU.

The Long Island University (LIU) women’s soccer team is adding 10 new players ahead of the 2019 fall season, in which the school will play in Division I under the new nickname the Sharks.

Head coach Eleri Earnshaw said she is excited about the team’s incoming class and their potential to impact the program.

“We have a great balance of domestic, international, freshmen and transfers who will add depth in numbers and quality to our returning group,” she said. “Above all, we are adding 10 great people to an already high-character group.”

The lone Long Islander on the team is Grace Gagnina of Lindenhurst. A graduate of Lindenhurst High School, she played her club ball for Brentwood SC and was named to the New York High School All-State team her senior year of high school.

Cagnina’s sister, Claudia, recently graduated from St. John’s University where she played for four seasons on head coach Ian Stone’s women’s soccer team. 

The nine other additions to the LIU team are listed below:

  • Maria Orozco of Clifton, N.J. Played club ball for New Jersey Stallions
  • Hedda Einarsson of Saltsjö-Boo, Sweden. Played club soccer for Djugarden IF, Hammarby, and Satra SK in some of Sweden’s top divisions
  • Mariah Morgan of Belgrade, Mont. Played club soccer for the Utah Avalanche of the ECNL. The captain of her high school team she broke her high school record for goals in a single season with 21.
  • Nevaeh Rascon of Tuscon, Ariz. Captain of her high school and club teams (FC Tucson), was named high school region offensive player of the year and high school region player of the year.
  • Tatiana Lizarraga of Tuscon, Ariz. Named high school offensive player of the year, broke school scoring record with 81 goals and played her club ball with FC Tucson.
  • Tiana Ono of Aiea, Hawaii. Previously played at the University of Nevada where the appeared in 19 games as a freshman. Also played at Highline Community College.
  • Sanna Vidstroem of Kil, Sweden. Played club soccer for Hertzöga BK where she was part of the team that was promoted from Division 2 to Division 1.
  • Kayla DeTreux of Downington, Pa. Played club ball for Continental FC of the ECNL
  • Lydia Fraga Cordoba of Madrid, Spain. A transfer from Georgia State, she previously played for Atletico Madrid as a youth player.