Post-Season Honors for Blue Devil Girls’ Soccer

The 2017 Huntington High School girls' soccer team. (Mike Connell photo.)

November 17, 2017

Four Blue Devil girls’ soccer players have earned post-season honors, capping off a year that saw Huntington compile a 6-5-2 record and reach the playoffs.

Coached by John Walsh and Vincent Tannazzo, the 25 player team was captained by Nicole Abbondandelo and Katie Seccafico. The Blue Devils finished third in the league standings.

Abbondandelo sparkled at her defensive position and was the Blue Devils’ field leader. Seccafico paced Huntington with nine goals. Exceptional freshman goalkeeper Ashley Lumpe recorded five shutouts. Marissa Stafford had three goals and seven assists.

Abbondandelo captured All-County recognition. Seccafico and Lumpe were named All-Conference. Stafford garnered All-League honors.

The season was a personal triumph for Abbondandelo, who sat out all of 2016 with an injury. “Nicole came back to lead us to the playoffs,” Walsh said.

Seccafico showed a knack for scoring from all over the field. Her speed, strength and outright power could never be overlooked and had to be defended. Lumpe helped Huntington clinch a playoff spot by holding Smithtown East scoreless in overtime during the Blue Devils’ 3-2 victory in the final game of the regular season. Stafford was the team’s throw-in and corner-kick specialist.

The Huntington players will be honored at the Suffolk County Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association’s annual awards dinner on Monday, November 20 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Golf Club in Islandia.

The Blue Devils will graduate Abbondandelo, Seccafico, Christina Aureliano, Angela Ceron Villalta, Niamh Condon, Grace Connell, Hailey Gallagher, Emma Greenhill, Alexandra Lourenso, Nicole Muszynski, Catie Ricciardelli, Amber Stieve, Sarah White and Kelsey Zavala.

Huntington will return Lumpe, Stafford, Isabella Floro, Jordan Forte, Natalie Gonzalez, Paige Lennon, Charlotte Maggio, Kiara Rafailan, Jaqueline Salgado, Alyssa Sorenson and Julia Tesoriero.

Huntington's sensational freshman goalie Ainsley Lumpe.
Huntington's sensational freshman goalie Ainsley Lumpe. (Mike Connell photo.)
Nicole Abbondandelo pulls off a balancing act.
Nicole Abbondandelo pulls off a balancing act. (Mike Connell photo.)
Senior Katie Seccafico follows the ball.
Senior Katie Seccafico follows the ball. (Mike Connell photo.)
Sophomore Marissa Stafford uses fancy footwork to evade the defense.
Sophomore Marissa Stafford uses fancy footwork to evade the defense. (Mike Connell photo.)
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