The Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ soccer team stayed competitive throughout the season in a very tough league. The Blue Devils showcased many players that will likely make the jump to the varsity level next fall.
Coached by high school physical education teacher Maria Canino, the 27-player strong team claimed victories over Newfield (3-2), Centereach (3-2), Copiague (5-0 and 5-0) and Wyandanch (4-2) and had a pair of tie games with Half Hollow Hills East (1-1 and 1-1).
The Huntington JV was led by sophomores Alexandra Gerbavsits (forward/midfield; five goals, six assists), Jennifer Zeron-Salmeron (forward; 4g, 3a), Megan Agrillo (midfield; 2g, 8a), Riva Bergman (defense/stopper; 2g, 2a) and Teddi Carnesi (forward; 5g).
The Blue Devils were captained by Gerbavsits, Agrillo and Lena Annunziata. The team compiled a 4-6-2 record in league play and went 5-7-2 overall.
“Although we didn’t end with the record I had hoped for, it doesn’t take away from the things these girls accomplished,” Canino said. “I am very proud of them and the growth that had over the course of the year. The hard work they put in with the positive attitudes they had made for a memorable season for me. The girls’ had great personalities, character and heart. It was a pleasure to coach them.”
Canino pointed to players ability to “deal with adversity” as the team’s biggest accomplishment. “We had a very young team this year, including three eighth graders, 17 freshmen and seven sophomores,” the coach said. “They were able to compete, keep their composure and play ‘their game’ throughout the season. I am very proud of them for that. They were able to come together, work toward a common goal and truly represent our school in such a wonderful way.”
Gerbavsits enjoyed an especially sensational season. “Alex is a three year starter who led our team this year,” Canino said. “She has a lot of talent and knowledge of the game and is a natural leader with good character and heart. This allowed her to be a strong role model for the rest of our team. Her maturity and willingness to help whoever needed it benefitted the team.”
The Blue Devil JV sported a strong core group of players. Many are on the cusp of coming into their own as high school athletes. “I expect all of the players to return,” Canino said. “Since many of them will be coming back to play for the JV, I expect us to pick-up where we left off and continue to grow.”