FC Fury's Marissa Fischetti will Become First GDA Signing

When Marisa Fischetti makes up her mind on something, there is a good chance that she will complete the task and then some.

It's a big reason she has enjoyed a successful soccer career for club and school and a big reason why the Massapequa, N.Y. resident will become the first player to sign with FC Fury, and play in the Girls Development Academy this fall.

"Fish represents history as she becomes the first Long Island female commitment to the Girls Development Academy with FC FURY," Commented DA Director Ismael Cotto, "Obviously, it's huge for the club and Fish is a super talented footballer with skill, athleticism and a very good mind for the game."

When Marisa Fischetti makes up her mind on something, there is a good chance that she will complete the task and then some.

It's a big reason she has enjoyed a successful soccer career for club and school and a big reason why the Massapequa, N.Y. resident will become the first player to sign with FC Fury, and play in the Girls Development Academy this fall.

"Fish represents history as she becomes the first Long Island female commitment to the Girls Development Academy with FC FURY," Commented DA Director Ismael Cotto, "Obviously, it's huge for the club and Fish is a super talented footballer with skill, athleticism and a very good mind for the game."

"She is committed to Syracuse University and we know their coaching staff are happy to see her enter the first full time academy in the history of girls soccer. Her development will be structured around a detailed periodization plan and activation protocols designed to avoid injury, improve growth and prepare players for the top level."

That is nothing new for Fischetti, who is accustomed to meeting challenges.

Fischetti forged her soccer reputation as lethal striker, first with the Massapequa SC and then with the East Meadow SC and for Massapequa High School. She was a member of the schools' championship teams in 2014 and 2015. The Chiefs fell short this past year, losing in the state final.

Fish, as she is called by teammates and coaches, loves to go on the offensive. Before she was injured, Fischetti had tallied eight goals and seven assists for Massapequa H.S. before suffering a torn ACL to her left knee in October just before the playoffs.

And she makes no bones about what her preferred position is.

"I prefer to play a striker or forward position," she said. "For high school and club, I played multiple positions. I played center midfielder, outside midfield, forward, striker. So, I never have been big on the defensive side. I like to attack more than anything else. So, any position that involves attacking I don't mind playing."

It has been a long journey on her rehab. Fish hopes to return to non-contact training by June and to playing by July.

"It was really, really tough in the beginning," she said. "I never really thought I would go through something like this. I never thought it would happen to me."

Several weeks ago, Fischetti started running as she tries to get strength back in her left leg because she lost a lot of muscle.

"It's tough, but the rehab is going pretty well," she said.

Fish said that she was " really looking forward to" returning and joining FC Fury in the fall.

"I miss soccer so much," she added.

Besides getting the satisfaction of competing at the highest level and winning, soccer has taught Fischetti so many things about life.

"It helps with so many things," she said. "It helps with your work with the team. It helps with your confidence. It definitely helps to figure out your time management. It's something that I want to play in college. I feel being part of a team is so enjoyable. You make so many friends. It's just an extra thing you do when you got time on your hands. You can do it. I also feel if you stressed, playing sports helps getting rid of that. You don't have to focus on things that are stressing you out at the moment. That's why I like playing it. I love it."

Speaking of college, Fischetti decided on attending Syracuse University when she was a sophomore. She will enter the upstate college in the fall of 2018.

"I love the coaches. I want to stay in New York," she said. "I want to be able to represent New York State. To be honest, I don't mind the cold weather. I don't mind the snow. So, I'd prefer to play soccer in colder weather than warmer weather. They also had the major I want to study there. I definitely think that will be good for me, too.

"I also wanted to play in the ACC. It's a really tough conference. It's a great level to compete at."

Fischetti wants to be a physical therapist. She plans on a career in sports and medicine and going to the SUNY Upstate Medical School, "afterwards, hopefully," she added.

And about her nickname, Fish. She has had it since she started playing intramural soccer.

"I had a Melissa, Alyssa and a Marissa on the team," Fischetti said. "Whenever the coach would call a sub he would say, Alyssa, and I would run over and he would go, Alyssa, not Marissa. I yelled on the field and said start calling me Fish because that's what my dad was called. It's a family thing.

Next fall, Marissa Fischeti will be ready to join a new family – FC Fury in the first ever Girls Development Academy.

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