The high school’s girls varsity soccer team came home winners of the inaugural NYSSCOGS New York State High School Girls Soccer Hall of Fame Tournament, held in Herkimer, New York in September. The tournament hosted 22 of the state’s top girls soccer programs from Class AA through Class D.
Islip’s Lady Bucs began the trip with a six-hour bus ride to upstate Herkimer, then attended the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which included former standout state players, coaches and contributors such as Crystal Dunn, Ali Long, Emily Harner-Pickering, Sara Walen, Abby Wambach and Christie Welsch.
One of the inductees for the first Hall of Fame class was alumna Sue Weber-Alber, a high school and collegiate All-American who graduated from Islip in 2003. Her career continued at Hofstra University, where she was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year three times, led Hofstra’s Pride team to CAA titles and NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and 2007, was named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player twice, and earned a spot on the Hermann Trophy watch list for two years in a row. After her graduation from Hofstra in 2008, the school officially retired her No. 20 jersey. Weber-Alber was selected in the third round of the original Women’s Professional Soccer league by the Boston Breakers, and played for the team in 2009 under head coach Tony DiCicco. She is a longtime team member and current captain of the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL W-League, and serves as head coach of the St. Anthony’s High School girls soccer team. At the Hall of Fame ceremony, Weber-Alber selected current Islip coach Mike Reilly, the Hall’s vice president, to present her award and introduce her.
Following the induction ceremony, Islip’s Lady Bucs played the top-ranked Liverpool team, winning 1-0 in front of a large crowd at Herkimer Community College. The following day, Islip defeated another larger school, Baldwinsville, and won 4-2, earning the title of champions of their division.
“It was a great experience for all of us, both on and off the pitch,” said Reilly.