Three Long Island girls soccer stars are taking the next step in their playing careers and will suit up this fall at two Atlantic 10 colleges.
Joining head coach Al Alvine’s team at Duquesne University is Sarah Wilkinson of Smithtown, a graduate of Smithtown West High School; and Kayla Winicki of Setauket, a graduate of Ward Melville High School.
George Washington University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Barnes will welcome Erica Lorenzana of Manhasset, a graduate of Herricks High School.
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Alvine describes Wilkinson has an athletic and fiercely competitive defensive midfielder.
“She’s an outstanding ball-winner who has a real edge to her game,” he said. “When she does get forward, she’s demonstrated an ability to score goals and be a creative presence.”
During her time at Smithtown West High School, she was an All-Conference and All-League selection and helped lead her team to two League titles and two appearances in the Suffolk County Finals. She played her club soccer for the East Meadow Hotspur.
Winicki also joins Duquesne as a center back with speed, tenacity and an excellent ability to read the game, according to Alvine.
“She’s has a comfort level and composure on the ball that is rare among center backs,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing where she fits in with our defensive group.”
At Ward Melville High School she was named Suffolk County High School Player of the Year in 2016 and was also named All-County, All-Conference and All-League in 2015 and 2016. She played her club ball for East Meadow.
Manhasset’s Lorenzana will join Barnes’ team at George Washington. The goalkeeper attended Herricks High School and played her club ball for Albertson Fury ‘98 ECNL.
“Erica has a fantastic attitude and great energy which will immediately add to our team environment, on and off the field,” her new head coach said. “She has courage between the posts and her strong footwork enables her to cover the goal and make big saves. Erica is a dedicated goalkeeper who works hard to reach her goals.”
With the Fury, Lorenzana traveled with the Fury to the ECNL National Playoffs for three consecutive seasons (2015-2017) and in 2017 earned the Michael Rizzo Memorial Award for Outstanding Dedication to Goalkeeping. A year prior she was named Albertson’s ECNL Goalkeeper of the Year and also attended U.S. Youth Soccer National Training Camp.