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Merjan Ozisik has played for Blcak Watch Soccer for 7 years. He has attended Niskayuna High School where he played soccer for three years and been named Section 2 Class AA co-player of the year for 2018. He was also named to the Suburban Council All Star 1st Team in 2017 and 2018 and he served as Co-Captain of the Niskayuna Silver Warriors in 2018. Merjan helped to organize a collection of soccer equipment for the Banda Bola Sports Foundation which collects soccer gear to outfit high school teams in Malawi, Africa. Merjan will be attending Syracuse University College at the of Arts and Sciences where he was recruited to play soccer on the Division I ACC team.


Libby Cook has played for Fulton United Soccer Club, playing on the Nirvana club team for the past three years. She has attended Gloversville High School where she ranked 20th in her class and played soccer all four years, the last two as a starting sweeper and as captain. Libby took her two years as captain very seriously and was selected to attend the SUNY Cortland Leadership Conference. Additionally, Libby has received First Team All Star Honors for the Foothills Council for both of the past two years. In addition, she also recieved the onor of being named to the Times Union 2nd Large Team. Even as she excels on the field, she still takes the time to bring younger players along with her. Libby has volunteered with Fulton United’s pre-k soccer group during every summer soccer camp since she was in 8th grade. Next year Libby will be studying Bio Pre Med at Elmira College where she will also play soccer with the Women’s Soccer Team.

It was announced on August 19th that Libby also won Eastern New York's Masotto/Driscoll Scholarship.

Kieran Hughes attended Shaker High School where he played with the Shaker Soccer Team for four years and served as the JV Captain in 2016. Outside of school he played soccer with Latham Circle Soccer Club since he was 11 years old. Kieran’s love for soccer was so great that when he turned 14, he decided to take the course to become a referee. He has worked as a referee for Afrim’s Indoor Tournaments and games as well as CDYSL games ever since. Kieran will be attending Siena College next year where he will study either Health Studies or Finance and will play on the club soccer team. He plans to continue refereeing in the area.

It was announced on August 13, 2019 that Kieran also won Eastern New York's Livio D’Arpino Scholarship.


Currently at the end of her 3 years with Rotterdam United Soccer Club, Rylie Smith has played soccer with CDYSL for 5 years. She attended Middleburgh High School where she ranked number four in her class. Rylie comes very highly recommended, but out of the praise all agreed on the quality that stands out most about her: leadership. Rylie was extremely involved in leading many extracurriculars including soccer. She was involved in Youth as Leaders, Interact, and a representative on the community youth commission. This leadership off the field translated directly to on the field among her teammates. As a 5 year varsity player for the Middleburgh High School soccer team, she earned the role of captain during two school years and was named a First Team Section 2 All Star as well as a First Team All-Western Athletic Conference Athlete. Next year Rylie will be majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a Pre-Physician Assistant tract at The State University of New York College of Oneonta. She will be playing on the Oneonta Division 3 team as well.


Julia Barnum from Ballston Spa Soccer Club

Matthew VanWormer from Brunswick Soccer Club

Jake Restivo from Burnt Hills Soccer Club 

Caitlin Gagan from Guilderland United Soccer Club


Matthew VanWormer:


 High School: LaSalle Institute

CDYSL Club: Brunswick Soccer Club

Attending: Hobart William Smith Colleges studying Biochemistry and playing Club Soccer


Jake Restivo:

 High School: Galway High School

CDYSL Club: Burnt Hills United

Attending: SUNY Binghamton studying Biology or Neuroscience


Caitlin Gagan:

 High School: Guilderland High School

CDYSL Club: Dutchmen

Attending: Colgate University, playing club soccer


Julia Barnum:


 High School: Ballston Spa High School

CDYSL Club: Ballston Spa Soccer Club

Attending: Clarkson University studying Chemical Engineering and playing club soccer



David Benson:

High School: Shenendehowa

CDYSL Club: NY Elite FC

Attending: RIT, Playing on Men's Soccer Team and Mechanical Engineering


Katherine Glanton:

High School: Averill Park

CDYSL Club: Averill Park SC

Attending: Quinnipiac College

Major: Health Sciences Undecided


Veda Hensel:

High School: Clayton A. Bouton

CDYSL Club: Colonie SC

Attending: Niagara University

Major: Biology

*Playing on Niagara Women’s soccer team


Derek Ines:

High School: Shenendehowa

CDYSL Club: NY Elite FC

Attending: Bentley College

Major: Economics and Finance

*Playing club soccer


Kyle Pearlman:

High School: Albany High

CDYSL Club: Albany SC

Attending: Loyola University

Major: Sports management

*Playing club soccer


Amanda Rice:

High School: Guilderland

CDYSL Club: Guilderland SC

Attending: Nazareth College

Major: Physical Therapy

*Playing on Nazareth Women’s team



Ryan Davis:

High School: Mayfield

CDYSL Club: Fulton United SC

Attending: College of St. Rose


Corynn Dziezynski:

High School: Colonie High

CDYSL Club: Colonie SC

Attending: University of Albany


Kelsey Jessup:

High School: Scotia-Glenville

 CDYSL Club: Burnt Hills SC

Attending: University of Buffalo


Julia Rossi:

High School: Schalmont

CDYSL Club: Blackwatch SC

Attending: U of Rhode Island

Major: Pharmacy

*Playing for University of Rhode Island’s Women’s team



Jenna Cebula:

High School: Mechanicville

CDYSL Club: Mechanicville-Stillwater

Attending: SUNY Oneonta

Major: Psychology


Nadeane Boice:

High School: Taconic Hills

CDYSL Club: Chatham

Attending: Hudson Valley

Major: Medical imaging


Jared Slosberg:

High School: Shenendehowa

CDYSL Club: Clifton Park SC

Attending: George Washington University

Major: Biomedical engineering


Caleb Owens:

High School: Albany Academies

CDYSL Club:  Albany Alleycats

Attending: Princeton

Major: Engineering/Physics



Jamie Albrecht:

From: Ghent, NY

CDYSL Club: Chatham



Jacob Landis:

From: Clifton Park

CDYSL Club: Clifton Park



Samuel Devine:

From: Ghent, NY

CDYSL Club: Roe Jan



Elizabeth Cultrara:

From: Delmar, NY

CDYSL Club: Bethlehem SC




Melanie Schmitt:

From: Selkirk

CDYSL Club: Ravena SC



Tyler Stempsey:

From: Albany

CDYSL Club: Albany SC




Christen Averill:

From: Saugerties, NY

CDYSL Club: Saugerties


Emily DeWaard:

From: Lake George

High School: Lake George HS

CDYSL Club:  Adirondack SC



Paul Ancin:

From: Nassau, NY

CDYSL Club: NY Elite FC



Garrett Barkman:

From: Selkirk NY

CDYSL Club: Ravena SC




Danielle Pedone:

From: Ballston lake

High School: Burnt Hills

CDYSL Club: Burnt Hills United

Attending: Siena College

Major: History


Austin Wilson:

From: Cropseyville, NY

High School: Tamarac HS

CDYSL Club: Brunswick SC

Attending: Sage College

Major: Biology

Playing Men's soccer


David Stempsey:

From: Albany, NY

CDYSL Club: Albany SC



Alexandra Husain:

From: Mayfield, NY

High School: Mayfield HS

CDYSL Club: Fulton United

Attending: Union College

Major: Law



Sean Daly

From: Catskill NY

CDYSL Club: Catskill SC



Andrew Chan:

From: Niskayuna, NY

High School: Niskayuna HS

CDYSL Club: Blackwatch SC

Attending: St Lawrence University

*Playing Men's soccer


Kelsey Lenny



Megan Esperti:

From: Schenectady

CDYSL Club: Highland SC

Attending: Hudson Valley




Theresa Massaroni:

From: East Greenbush

CDYSL Club: Albany Alleycats



Leah Foley:

From: Troy, NY

CDYSL Club: Albany, Alleycats



Alex Borini:

From: Schenectady, NY

CDYSL Club: Albany Alleycats



Adam Hoerz:

From: Middleburgh NY

CDYSL Club: Valley SC





Margot Kopache:

From: Averill Park

High School: Brunswick HS

CDYSL Club: Brunswick SC

Attending: Hudson Valley



Christina Boni:

From: Glenville, NY

High School: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS

CDYSL Club: Albany Alleycats

Attending: Colgate

Major: Biology

*Playing Women's soccer


Jeremy Benoit:

From: Glenville, NY

High School: Niskayuna HS

CDYSL Club: Albany Alleycats

Attending: Clarkson


Brian Abernethy:

From: Ballston Spa, NY

High School: Saratoga Catholic

CDYSL Club: Albany Alleycats

Attending: SUNY Binghamton

Major: Undecided

*Playing Men's soccer



Dean Gaetano:

From: Mechanicville, NY

High School: Mechanicville HS

CDYSL Club: Mechanicville Stillwater

Attending: SUNY Oswego

Major: Undecided

*Playing men's soccer


Brendan Michael:

From: Ballston Spa, NY

High School: Spa Catholic

CDYSL Club: Albany Alleycats

Attending: Drew University

Major: Economics

*Playing men's soccer


Kelly Gannon:

From: Schoharie, NY

High School: Schoharie HS

CDYSL Club: Valley SC

Attending: Ithaca College

Major: Visual Arts

*Playing Women's soccer


Anna Dean:

From: Albany, NY

CDYSL Club: Bethlehem SC





John Crawford



Dennis Forward



Suzannah Griffin:

From:Galway, NY

High School:Galway High School

CDYSL Club: Galway Soccer Club

Attending: SUNY Cortland

Major: Childhood Education


Jessica Van Allen:

From: East Chatham, NY

CDYSL Club: Blackwatch





Laura Moore:

From: Warrensburg NY

CDYSL Club: Adirondack



Elizabeth Silver



Brandon LeFevre:

From: Ravena, NY

High School: Albany Academy

Attending: RPI

Major: Undecided

*Playing Men's soccer


Paul Acosta:

From: Schenectady, NY

High School: Schenectady High School

CDYSL Club: Albany SC

Attending: Siena College

Major: Marketing