By Joseph Staszewski
The Queens girls’ soccer teams remained among the city’s elite.
Christ the King won its second straight CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Class AA title and St. John’s Prep reached the Class A final. Over in the PSAL, Bayside and Cardozo reached the Class A quarterfinals. Queens also featured one of the city’s top seniors in Bayside’s D.J. Glazer, who is headed to Marist.
All-Queens girls’ soccer player of the year: Medina Mulic, Christ the King
There haven’t been many freshmen that had the immediate impact Mulic did. She thrived at the center midfield spot. Mulic played well beyond her years. Her speed and creativity with the ball helped her make those around her better en route to a diocesan title. She has 22 goals and 15 assists.
All-Queens girls’ soccer coach of the year: John Fayad, Christ the King
Fayad showed he has truly built an elite program at CK. The Royals replaced its top senior with skilled freshman and may have been better than a year ago. Fayad guided his squad to an unbeaten regular season and a second straight CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Class AA title.
All-Queens Girls’ Soccer First Team
F Terese Boyle, Mary Louis
The junior didn’t always have scoring help around her, but still led the Hilltoppers back to the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens ‘AA’ final. There aren’t many players with better instincts and skill with the ball.
GK Sam Cobotic, St. Francis Prep
The sophomore is one of the city’s top up-and-coming keepers. The Terriers’ defensive style forced her to see a lot of shots and she held up spectacularly at times. Cobotic had 13 saves in a scoreless tie with St. John the Baptist.
D Caroline DeBonis, Francis Lewis
The Patriots lost plenty of seniors, but the sophomore gives them a bright future. She stepped right in at sweeper for the graduated Valerie James and helped Lewis earn a share of the division title. DeBonis’ speed and heart are a special combination.
GK Kristen Drogsler, Christ the King
The ultra-athletic Drogsler may not have seen as many shots as she did a year ago, but the junior was still sensational when called upon. She also orchestrated the Royals’ stingy defense from the net moving teammates where they needed to be.
M Brittany Ehrlich, Cardozo
Cardozo wasn’t an offensive juggernaut, but Ehrlich usually had a major hand in it when they did score. The sophomore tallied a team-leading 18 goals and also dished out nine assists to help her team reach the quarterfinals.
F D. J. Glazer, Bayside
The Marist-bound forward picked up right where she left off last year and even added a bigger leadership role. Glazer tallied a PSAL-leading 44 goals and also had eight assists. She answered the bell when asked to do more than score.
D Aimée Kasmally, St. Francis Prep
The senior is one of the city’s best sweepers. She helped lead the Terriers and their stingy defense to one of their best seasons in CHSAA Nassau/Suffolk in recent years. Her strength and smarts make her a nightmare for opposing forwards.
M Lina Dominguez, Forest Hills
Dominguez has been a rock at midfield for Forest Hills and Coach Bob Spance over the years. Her leadership helped the Rangers win an elusive division title. She scored just three times, but had 13 assists and helped control play at midfield.
D Cathy Lume, Christ the King
The junior sweeper has been an unsung hero for the Royals the last two seasons. Lume again was the leader of one of the city’s best defenses. Her veteran presence helped CK claim a second straight diocesan crown.
F Sarah Nolan, Christ the King
Nolan stepped right in for the graduated Christina Viaggio. The speed freshman netted 18 goals and dished out nine assists. She had consecutive hat tricks against Mary Louis and St. Joseph by the Sea.
M Rachel Spampinato, Mary Louis
The junior often provided the scoring help Boyle needed. Her veteran presence at midfield was invaluable to a Mary Louis team that had new faces in bigger roles. Spampinato was a big reason TMLA reached another diocesan final.
All-Queens Honorable Mention
M Victoria Antonino, Molloy
D Kelly Bouzi, Cardozo
D Gina Baglieri, St. Francis Prep
A Jackelin Brito, Forest Hills
F Geraldine Huisa, Long Island City
F Jessie Jamin, Archbishop Molloy
GK Vanessa Jimenz, Bayside
GK Claire Loredan, Mary Louis
F Olivia McFadden, Townsend Harris
GK Ashley Rivera, St. John’s Prep
M Nataly Rojas, Francis Lewis