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Montclair's junior Georgetown commit Claire Manning scored 28 goals for the county's No. 1 team and helped Mounties to No. 4 ranking in the state. The Super Essex Conference-American Division coaches selections are highlighted with stars from Essex's three best programs: Montclair, Livingston and West Orange. (Photo by Gene Nann-

Montclair's Sydney Masur (2), Livingston's Villanova-bound Laurne Belcuore (4) and West Orange's St. Joseph's University commit Natalie Nevins (seated, center with her parents & school administrators and coaches) were among the best players in Essex County this past fall and are All-SEC American Division first team selections from the 2019 season. (Photos by Gene Nann and courtesy of WOHS)

Montclair, West Orange & Livingston
Top 3 Teams And Boast All-SEC Stars

By Steve Tober

Clearly the three best girls soccer teams in Essex County this past fall season were Montclair, West Orange and Livingston and the three top tier programs produced their share of representatives on the coaches’ Super Essex Conference-American Division first, second and Honorable Mention all-conference teams for 2019.

Montclair (19-1-2), which finished No. 4 in the state according to, featured a young and talented lineup spearheaded by juniors in Georgetown commit Claire Manning (team-leading 28 goals) and Division I prospect Sydney Masur (7 goals) who will return next fall to lead what should once again be one of the state’s elite soccer sides.

Both young ladies were joined by talented teammate and ace defender Baldwin Gittens on the SEC's All-American Division first team.

Among the other Mounties earning All-SEC American Division honors were: Second Team: Kiera Hessler, Chloe Nemes and Amelia Platt. Honorable Mention: Shelby Duffy and Katie Giordano

Montclair pulled off a title tri-fecta this past season, winning the SEC-American Division championship with an undefeated record; capturing the Essex County Tournament title on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie vs. Livingston, and also copped their first North 1, Group 4 state sectional crown since 2015 with a 1-0 triumph over county rival West Orange.

Speaking of the Mountaineers, the 2018 ECT and N1G4 champs once again rode the magnificent play of senior St. Joseph’s University commit and first-team All-SEC selection Natalie Nevins, who finished with 27 goals and 24 assists and became the program’s first 50-50 goal-assist career scorer while being one of the best all-around performers in county history.

Coach Sean DeVoe’s talented West Orange side ended up as the No. 11 ranked team in the state according to

Livingston (14-3-2), which finished No. 13 in the state rankings and continued to be a powerhouse program under first-year head coach Brian Carr, had its share of bona fide Division I talent including first-team All-SEC choices Caitlyn Leffler (University of South Carolina commit), Kayla Parsons (Yale) and Lauren Belcuore (Villanova) and played extremely well in all the big matches, including the 1-1 tie with Montclair in the ECT final decided on PK’s and in a narrow 1-0 loss to West Orange in the N1G4 state tournament.

Super Essex Conference Girls Soccer 2019 Coaches All-SEC Teams:

All-American Division 1st Team
Natalie Nevins, West Orange
Samantha Gabriele, Nutley
Tara Feenaghty, Glen Ridge
Dominique Bevacqua, Mount St. Dominic
Kayla Parsons, Livingston
Arianna Jobst, Montclair Kimberley
Sydney Masur, Montclair
Kaya Schultz, West Orange
Claire Manning, Montclair
Lauren Belcuore, Livingston
Chloe Skipper, Montclair Kimberley
Baldwin Gittens, Montclair
Caitlyn Leffler, Livingston
Emma Mitchell, West Orange
Riley Durborow, Mount St. Dominic

2nd Team
Kiera Hessler, Montclair
Mackenzie Albert, Nutley
Olivia Hoover, Glen Ridge
Jadyn Liebman, Livingston
Ellie Bethel, Columbia
Ania Prussak, Glen Ridge
Kiara Machuca, West Orange
Alexis Riley, Montclair Kimberley
Claire Mulvihill, Mount St. Dominic
Chloe Nemes, Montclair
Tori Rideau-Winds, West Orange
Karina Malhotra, Livingston
Amelia Platt, Montclair
Megan Robinson, Mount St. Dominic

Honorable Mention
Sarah Hobbs, Montclair Kimberley
Ciara Daly, Montclair Kimberley
Shelby Duffy, Montclair
Katie Giordano, Montclair
Sadie Tuohy, Columbia
Emma Herrero, Columbia
Victoria Wang, Livingston
Savannah Belcuore, Livingston
Madison Grady, Glen Ridge
Alison Shea, Glen Ridge
Kiley Capstraw, West Orange
Cassidy Joyce, West Orange
Brynn Caufield, Mount St. Dominic
Alyssa Mastando, Mount St. Dominic
Kristina Lopemo, Nutley
Catalena Robson, Nutley

All-Liberty Division 1st Team
Ava Cole, Newark Academy
Kate Fishbone, Newark Academy
Kyra Hermans, Newark Academy
Hayley Sek, West Essex
Samantha Balzano, West Essex
Emma Ribeiro, West Essex
Chloe Zegas, Millburn
Maggie Speckhart, Millburn
Emma Zalewski, Verona
Gina Perrotta, Bloomfield
Sam Doherty, Belleville
Makenna Tahbaz, Caldwell
Alexa Camerino, Caldwell
Kayla Neves, Newark East Side

2nd Team
Nora Gaby-Biegel, Newark Academy
Alexa Guastello, Newark Academy
Jordan McCray-Robinson, Newark Academy
Brooke Schatz, West Essex
Abby Lonergan, West Essex
Isabella Vitella, West Essex
Carly Bernstein, Millburn
Hannah Meyerowitz, Millburn
Maggie Lonsinger, Verona
Rebecca Siclari, Verona
Emily Baca, Bloomfield
Gabriela Lopez, Belleville
Cassidy Brown, Caldwell
Carina Afonso, Newark East Side

Honorable Mention
Rachel Glickman, Newark Academy
Isabela McNeilly-Anta, Newark Academy
Alexa Houmis, West Essex
Alexa Devlin, West Essex
Emily Segal, Millburn
Jolie Zangara, Millburn
Olivia Vogel, Verona
Karen Andre, Verona
Kayla Silva, Bloomfield
Emily Haraka, Bloomfield
Alejandra Rodriguez, Belleville
Emily Gavidia, Belleville
Victoria Rebimbas, Caldwell
Megan Blankenship, Caldwell
Maby Amador, Newark East Side
Rachel Amaro, Newark East Side

All-Colonial Division 1st Team
Jaime Dente, Cedar Grove
Carlene Topoleski, Cedar Grove
Noelle Nicosia, Cedar Grove
Kaitlyn Wolff, Cedar Grove
Kimberlie Suffrant, Irvington
Jayra Iraheta, Payne Tech
Keiry Menjivar, Orange
Neli Velasquez, Technology
Briana Esteves, Science Park
Melanie Lopez, Science Park
Shannen Chamba, Science Park
Ally Landau, Golda Och Academy
Kira Kress, Golda Och Academy
Alice Johnson, East Orange

2nd Team
Lexys Caputo, Cedar Grove
Kasey Dente, Cedar Grove
Gabriella Statile, Cedar Grove
Fatima Doumbia, Newark Central
Macy Conde, Newark Central
Annie Morleon, Irvington
Camila Villa, Payne Tech
Toni Simon, Orange
Luz Perez, Technology
Amanda DeJesus, Science Park
Julie Begalli, Science Park
Giovanna Oliveira, Science Park
Cierra Rudder, Science Park
Eva Hale, Golda Och Academy

Honorable Mention
Katelyn Downs, Cedar Grove
Sarah Sidibe, Newark Central
Marisol Villarreal, Irvington
Chelsea Bunay, Payne Tech
Mayc Watts, Orange
Leeah McMillan, Technology
Veronica Moreira, Science Park
Maya Soudry, Golda Och Academy
Santos Martinez, East Orange

Follow Steve Tober on Twitter @Chattermeister

Livingston's South Carolina-bound Caitlyn Leffler (top photo) was one of the stars for Lancers while West Orange's Natalie Nevins, seen scoring the only goal in Mountaineers' 1-0 win at Livingston in N1G4 state tournament, finished as one of the top goal-assist scorers in her fine 4-year career while helping raise stature of program. (Photos by Gene Nann and Don Schwartz)

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