The Long Island Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League is very pleased to welcome back 16-year-old defender Emily Menges to the Mid-Atlantic Division champion team.
"Consistent, determined and a top all-round defender. Loves competing and has some amazing physical tools," Long Island Fury head coach Paul Riley said. "Extremely fast, ruthless in the tackle and reads the game like a professional."
Besides competing for the Long Island Fury, Menges plays club soccer for Albertson Fury '91, serving as team captain for the past four years, and school soccer for Garden City High School. At Garden City, Coach Mike Hudley will put her at forward to score the tying goal with a few minutes left even though she ordinarily plays in the defensive half of the field.
Her soccer awards at Garden City High School include being honored as All-Class A in 2007, All-County in 2007 and 2008, All-State and All-Long Island in 2008.
Besides excelling academically as a member of the National Honor Society, Menges was named All-American in indoor track for 2007 and 2008 and All-American in outdoor track in 2008 plus was named Garden City High School's MVP in track last year. She also somehow finds the time to play lacrosse for the Long Island Wave.
She loves playing soccer under the lights, something she will have an opportunity to do this summer in her hometown of Garden City as the Long Island Fury will be playing their home games at Adelphi University's Competition Field.