Michael Lewis photo of Paul Riley and Emily Menges at the NWSL Draft
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 18, 2014-Things are looking up if you were a captain for a top youth soccer team, Albertson Fury ’91.
Fury captain Crystal Dunn, the 2012 Hermann Award recipient, was picked first overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft. The other captain on the Fury, Emily Menges, was selected in the third round by the defending champion Portland Thorns, led by their former youth soccer coach, Paul Riley.
A first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American, Emily led Georgetown to a 16-3-2 record this past season and into the second round of the NCAA Division 1 playoffs.
The 2013 Big East Defensive Player of the Year concluded her career as one of the most decorated players in Hoya history, earning All-Big East honors three times in her four seasons on the Hilltop. As an All-Big East rookie selection as a freshman, Emily started all 24 games and helped lead the Hoyas to the Elite Eight of the NCAA playoffs. In her four-year Georgetown career, the now 21-year-old started 83 of 84 games played, scored two goals and was part of defensive units that posted an incredible 40 shutouts.
Emily played for the Albertson Fury ’91 of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) for six years, winning three consecutive Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cups from 2009 to 2011. The National Honor Society member played for the LIJSL’s Garden City Blue Devils prior to joining Albertson.
She also played for Paul Riley on the Long Island Fury, winning the 2009 Women’s Premier Soccer League national championship in her hometown of Garden City when the Fury hosted the final at Adelphi University.
“I’m very excited to play for Paul again,” Emily stated. “Paul is the best trainer I’ve ever played under, and I know without a doubt that he will make me better. I know him well, which takes a little bit of stress off of me, but since he knows me, I know his expectations are high and I am going to have to continue working as hard as ever to compete with the team and at the pro level.”
“Emily is a sleeping giant and now that she has the opportunity to play with and compete in practice with top internationals such as Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair, her game will become elevated even more and her speed, tenacity and reading of the game will be tested in every practice and game,” commented Coach Riley. “She was a superb player for the Albertson Fury and I hope she relishes playing in front of the craziest, loudest soccer fans in the world of women’s soccer. Emily can compete at this level and we look forward to getting her to Portland and in a demanding training environment that will get the best out of her.”
Emily, a two-time all-state selection for soccer at Garden City High School, was also an All-American and all-state selection for indoor and outdoor track in the 800-meter run, 4 x 400-meter relay, 4 x 800-meter relay and 1,600-meter run. After her freshman year at Georgetown, she decided not to run competitively anymore so she could concentrate on soccer.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.