Two Long Island high school girls soccer players will take their skills to the Big Ten Conference this fall.
Talani Barnett of Bay Shore will play for head coach Lori Walker-Hock at Ohio State while Smithtown’s Alicia D’Aoust will be part of head coach Mike O’Neill’s team at Rutgers University. The two teams will meet on October 12 at Ohio State in Columbus.
A graduate of Bay Shore High School, Barnett was a four-year starter for the Marauders and was a three-time All-County, All-Conference and All-League selection. In 2017, she was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American and was an All-Long Island selection.
She played nine years of club soccer including the past six for HBC Impact and head coach Billy Carroll. A three-time team captain, she helped HBC to the Best XI National Championships the past three seasons.
“Talani is a versatile player who can play anywhere up the spine of our team,” said Walker-Hock. “She is creative and confident with the ball at her feet. She has excellent passing range and vision that will help stretch our attack. She is a disciplined two-way player who will stifle the opponent’s progress with strong tackles and defensive presence.”
D’Aoust at Smithtown West High School was a four-year varsity letter-winner and team captain. She earned All-County and First-Team All-State honors and was an NSCAA All-Region honoree as a freshman. She was also a three-time Newsday All-Long Island team member and a three-time member of New York’s All-State Team.
Outside of high school, D’Aoust attended the U.S. Girls National Team Camp and participated in the U.S. Club Soccer National ID2 camp. She played her club ball for FC Fury Girls Developmental Academy U-18 Team.
“Alicia’s 1v1 attacking mentality and craftiness make her an impact player,” O’Neill said. “Her work ethic combined with her tactical knowledge allows her to create chances and score goals.”