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Liotine Lights Up Scoreboard on Senior Night

October 26, 2010

Senior Brannon Burke led the team in a cheer before they ran onto Fitch Field for the last time this season: “Whose house? Brook house!” On this night, when we celebrated an unparalleled group of seniors, it was indeed their house.  In the biggest offensive explosion in team history the girls soccer team sent Mercy home with a 10-0 defeat behind 4 goals by senior Donna Liotine and an unbreakable defense.

1st Half

The beginning of the match was very even… until Donna Liotine scored 25 seconds into the half.  Liotine’s unassisted strike broke the ice as a flood of Stony Brook goals washed over the Lady Monarch defense.  With less than 5 minutes gone Kierran Petersen put the Bears up 2-0 courtesy of a deft assist by Michelle Hennessy.  Just over 6 minutes later this tandem hooked up again as Petersen gave the blue and white a 3 goal cushion, a score that equaled the final of their last matchup with Mercy.  With 24:31 left in the half Rachel King, playing in her 1st game in over a month, tucked in her 2nd goal of the season in an unsettled situation.  A 13 minute goal drought followed until our big guns, Petersen, Liotine and Hennessy, subbed back into the game.  Minutes later Liotine had a hat trick and the numbers on the scoreboard began to approach absurd proportions.  Liotine’s 2nd goal came on a perfect pass from Emily Pius that found the midfielder in stride.  Mikaela Stiklickas started the play with a great trap at midfield and a skillful pass to Pius.  Liotine then put the Brook up 6-0 by hustling down a free ball and placing an unassisted, left-footed poke past the keeper.  Liotine almost found the back of the net again with 7:18 remaining, but the Mercy netminder was able to deflect it with a fingertip save, only to have Gianna Scavo bury the rebound.  Julia Shi put the cap on a peerless half of soccer by one-timing a lovely cross by Scavo.  Few halves go better than the one our girls experienced this afternoon.  A few weeks ago the boys went into halftime with the Ross School up 6-0, but that score seemed benign compared to the number the girls hung on the board. | 8-0

2nd Half

The scoring continued as Senior Day turned into Senior Night and the lights of Buyers’ Park flickered on.  With 34:05 remaining Liotine received a pass from Petersen and let fly a rocket from 25 yards that skimmed the keeper’s hands and found the top shelf of the goal.  Just over 3 minutes later Hennessy gave us rare double-digit lead on a volley that found the left side netting.  At this point Coach Mark Maningo reluctantly had to replace most of the starters, many of them playing in their last game on Fitch Field, in order to maintain a level of sportsmanship.  This did not signal an end to our attack.  Pius, Scavo and Shi continued to play outstanding soccer and kept pressuring the Mercy defense until the final horn.  On the defensive end, Nicole Willoughby, who replaced Danielle Pappas in goal, made a stellar save on a penalty kick to preserve the shutout and Pappas showed her pride in her teammate by nearly tackling Willoughby after the game. | 10-0

Senior Donna Liotine tied her career high with four goals for Stony Brook (9-2).  Kierran Petersen added two goals and one assist and Danielle Pappas and Nicole Willoughby each made two saves in the shutout.  One of Willoughby’s saves was on a penalty kick.  Michelle Hennessy chipped in with a goal and two assists.

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Mercy was an inferior opponent; however, what I love about our girls is their killer instinct.  Too often good teams will either play down to their competition or not take them seriously enough.  Our girls did not display either shortcoming for the entire 80 minutes.  When we were up 10-0 our forwards were still assailing the goal as though it were 0-0 and when you have a team laden with talent that possesses that kind of tenacity it can be a frightening amalgam.  Donna Liotine, in just her 2nd game back from an injury, looks once again like the New York State Player of the Year.  As I watched her sprint up the field and fire shots with her cannon of a right foot, I nearly forgot she had been out for a month.  Our offense is clicking.  The girls are playing unselfish soccer and are finding the cracks in the opponent’s armor.  Our defense is insatiable and has kept the opponent off the board 5 times this season.  We seem to be peaking at the right time and ready for another run through the playoffs, but before we look too far ahead let’s just enjoy this great night and this fabulous team that has given us so many incredible memories in recent years.  It was sad to see Donna, Michelle, Danielle, Brannon, Brianna, Kierran, Emily Andersen, Emily Shultz, Sarah Sullivan and Christine Brathwaite walk off Fitch Field for the last time, but we can console ourselves with the knowledge that we still have some fun games ahead.  The girls wrap up the regular season on 10/28 @ the Ross School before taking on Port Jeff in the Class C County Championship on 11/5.


Amazingly, on this day in 1999 the girls soccer team defeated Mercy 8-0.  The Lady Monarchs should think twice before scheduling us on 10/26.

Box Score

  • Liotine | 4 goals
  • Petersen | 2 goals/1 assist
  • Hennessy | 1 goal/2 assists
  • Scavo | 1 goal/1 assist
  • King | 1 goal
  • Shi | 1 goal
  • Rylands | 1 assist
  • Pius | 1 assist
  • Shultz | 1 assist


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