Blue Devil Soccer Stars Headed for Hall of Fame

Huntington High School soccer greats Jennifer Tietjen Prozzo  and Margaret Tietjen  Rodriguez will be inducted this weekend into the Long Island Soccer Hall of Fame.

The twin sisters were members of Huntington’s class of 1995.

Both coach at colleges in Connecticut, Prozzo as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Central Connecticut State College and Rodriguez as head coach of the women’s soccer team at the University of Connecticut.

Prozzo played professionally in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) for the Philadelphia Charge from 2001 to 2003, while Rodriguez played for the San Diego Spirit and New York Power.

Both also played for the Long Island Lady Rough Riders.

Also being inducted Saturday are:

  •   Tom Lips (Hauppauge) – Currently the boys varsity soccer coach at Smithtown West High School, previously coached in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) Olympic Development Program. Tom played in the Swiss First Division (FC St. Gallen), for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) and for the Long Island Rough Riders, New York Fever and Boston Bulldogs during a nine-year professional career.
  • Carlos Mendes (Mineola– Current New York Cosmos coach, who led the team to the 2018 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) title. Carlos started his professional career with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2002 before playing with the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and then advancing to Major League Soccer and playing with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, who became the New York Red Bulls. He played one year with the Columbus Crew before coming back home and becoming the first player signed by the restarted New York Cosmos in 2013 where he won three North American Soccer League (NASL) titles in five years.
  • Mark Semioli (Hauppauge) – Currently a scout for Major League Soccer (MLS). Played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and LA Galaxy in MLS. Also played for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, Palo Alto Firebirds, Silicon Valley Firebirds, San Francisco Greek-Americans and Monterey Bay Jaguars during a pro career from 1989 to 2001. Mark played with Tom Lips on the same team at Hauppauge High School.
Anthony Maresco, President of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) with clubs in 103 communities across the island, stated, “The LIJSL congratulates all of the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame (LIPHOF) inductees. We are honored to be a part of the LIPHOF as it allows us to reconnect with the inductees who began their soccer careers in the LIJSL.“
“Each of these inductees have earned the right to become Hall of Famers on and off the field,“ McCrudden added. “They each have unique stories that are told each year at the induction gala and inevitably, the connections within the room literally connect dozens of people with shared soccer histories that we didn’t know before. Connecting Long Island’s soccer past with its future is more than I could have ever imagined and it happens almost every year right before our eyes. It’s always such a magical evening.“
The class of 2019 will be inducted Saturday at the Huntington Hilton in a ceremony that begins at 7 p.m.

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