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Karin Simonian: Scoring Standout

All Eyes are on the Westbury Soccer Player 

In soccer, size doesn’t always matter.


Just take one look at Long Island Fury striker Karin Simonian, who at 5’2 has turned into a scoring terror in the Women’s Premier Soccer League this season.


Through the Fury’s first four games, Simonian has struck four times to tie Elena Falcone for the team-lead in goals with four goals apiece. 

Simonian has played a key role in the Fury’s success this season. 


“Karin’s a versatile football player,” assistant coach Mike DeMarkis said. “ She can find those windows of opportunity to get that shot, especially when the windows are very small. She can get her shot off and get it on goal. She is good at being direct in terms of getting at

players and taking players on. She is a spark like that for us.


“She reads the game very well. When she’s on, she’s very, very hard to get ahold on in terms of a defender. She’s hard to get the ball off her foot, her low center of gravity, strong on the ball. She can find the seams connecting with the other forwards and midfielders. She brings a lot to the game and to the team,” DeMarkis continued.  


This is the first time since 2010 Simonian has been able to play for the Fury. She attended summer school at Notre Dame, where she has become a standout player for the Fighting Irish. She will be a senior this fall.


But for the summer, Simonian is focused on becoming a better player. 


“I want to be game fit, be strong be mentally fit, physically fit and hope we have a great season next year at Notre Dame,” she said. 


Perennially one of the strongest WPSL teams, the two-time champion Fury (2006 and 2009), hopes to duplicate that feat this season.


“This season is going to be a real good one,” Simonian said. “I feel really confident in our team. It’s going to be a great year for us.” 


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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