This morning, sisters Emily and Morgan Pius were named to the girls’ soccer New York State Team as voted on by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Emily was selected as part of the 3rd Team while Morgan was honored on the 4th Team. They are the first Stony Brook siblings to be named to the same All-State Team since Jake and Derek Kenney were selected to the All-State Football Team in 1995.
Emily was the heartbeat of the team’s offense this season. There were few goals all year that did not have her footprint on them and her ability to create on the right wing was vital to the Bears’ success. She is the only remaining member from the 2009 State Champion team and has helped crowd the trophy cases with four County Championships and a Long Island title.
As Emily moves on next year to play soccer for High Point University, she can do so knowing she left an indelible mark on Stony Brook Soccer. She was a six-year varsity starter and her accolades are as numerous as they are well-deserved. To say she will be missed would be understating it quite a bit, but we can take solace in the knowledge that Morgan’s career is not yet complete.
Morgan’s role was an inspirational one for the squad as she stepped in to fill a goalkeeping void. Despite being one of the most dangerous scoring threats in the league, if not all of Suffolk County, she sacrificed a big part of that role to play between the posts for a majority of the time, doing a great job for the Blue and White on sheer athleticism alone. She still had a chance to show off her scoring punch, netting three second half goals in a wild comeback victory over Smithtown Christian.