Three Long Islanders are among a group of 10 new players who will suit up for the Hofstra women’s soccer team this fall. The additions, announced by head coach Simon Riddiough, include the Pride’s usual mix of players who hail from the United States and Europe.
Taylor Curcio (Merrick/Sanford H. Calhoun), Krista Agostinello (West Babylon/West Babylon), Emily Rose (New Hyde Park/Holy Trinity) are the three local players who will play their college soccer in Hempstead.
Also coming to Hofstra this fall are Miri Taylor (Gillingham, England/Rainham School For Girls), Alia Mentzell (Boulder, Colo./Boulder), Sam Diamond (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville North), Lily Stavisky (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) Megan Fisher (Bristow, Va./Freedom), Grace Watson-Carr (Sydney, Australia/Meriden), and Gabriella Naletilic (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan).
“I’m thrilled at the talent we are bringing in with this class,” said Riddiough. “With such a large and diverse group coming in, we will be able to add depth at every position. Many of these newcomers have played at very high levels, and I am confident in this group’s ability to help us continue our success.”
Merrick’s Curcio was named the Conference AA1 Player of the Year as a senior after playing four years of varsity soccer at Calhoun and helping the team to a Class AA1 championship. At 5-3 and able to play defense or midfield, Curcio was also an All-Long Island selection, all-county selection, first-team all-state honoree and The 12 Sport Award winner as a senior, earning three all-conference selections in her career.
Also a Long Island native, Agostinello played four years of varsity soccer at West Babylon, helping the team to a pair of playoff appearances. A 5-4 forward, Agostinello was also a three-time All-League and All-Conference selection and two-time All-County pick, finishing her career with 50 goals.
Rose, a three-time Catholic High School Athletic Association Player of the Year, played four years of varsity soccer at Holy Trinity, helping the team to league championships in her last two seasons. Able to play defense or midfield, the 5-7 freshman led the league in scoring and was named All-League in all four of her seasons, as well as earning All-Long Island Second Team and All-State Third Team honors as a senior. She finished her career with 52 goals and 32 assists.
Taylor comes to Hofstra as a highly touted recruit, boasting elite-level experience with England’s national program, with prestigious clubs in one of England’s most competitive leagues, and with a talented boys’ club. She has 21 caps with England’s U15 and U17 national teams and became the second-youngest player to play for Chelsea Ladies, making her debut at age 16 after working her way up through the ranks in the Chelsea program. With the England U17 side, Taylor helped the team to a title game appearance at the European Finals, as well as to the side’s first-ever draw with the United States and first win over Germany. She also played boys’ soccer with Soccer Elite Football Academy, captaining the team and recording five goals and 18 assists in the 2017-18 season.
Able to slot in at forward or midfield, Diamond played four years of varsity soccer at Williamsville North and played club with WNY Flash ECNL soccer, helping Williamsville North to three runner-up finishes in Section 6 Class AA. As a senior captain, she led Williamsville North with 22 points, ranking sixth in Section 6 Class AA. She was also Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC) First-Team selection as a senior and second-team pick as a junior, an All-State Sixth-Team selection as a senior and the 2017 United Soccer Coaches senior excellence award recipient.
Stavisky played four years of varsity soccer at McDonogh, helping the team to three IAAM A Conference championships, two undefeated seasons and a No. 1 national ranking in 2015. A versatile player who can slot in on the backline or in the midfield, Stavisky was named First-Team All-State, All-Metro Soccer Baltimore Sun and All-IAAM A Conference and Varsity Sports Network Maryland Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. She played on a backline that logged 12 shutouts in 18 games in 2017 and finished her career with 19 goals and 30 assists.
Fisher, a midfielder, was a two-time Virginia High School League All-Conference First-Team selection after earning a spot on the second team as a freshman, playing four years of varsity soccer at Freedom High School. She helped the team to a conference championship and regional runner-up finish in 2016, earning All-Region, All-State and All-County honors the same season. Fisher was also invited to the US Soccer Training Center in 2013 and 2014.
One of two incoming goalkeepers, Watson-Carr was a captain and four-year member of the varsity soccer team at Meriden, helping the team to gold medals at the NSW Combined Independent Schools Football Championship and at NSW All Schools Championship and to an NSW National Premier League 2 Women’s Reserve Grade Grand Final win. Watson-Carr was also a highly decorated futsal and water polo athlete.
Naletilic, also a keeper, played varsity soccer at Manalapan and club soccer for NJ Wildcats Fury. She helped the Wildcats to a pair of state cup championships, two regional and national championships appearances, while also backing the Wildcats to a No.1 ranking in the state and region and a No. 2 ranking in the nation in 2017-18.
Information for this story provided by Hofstra’s Office of Athletics Communications.