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Skorobohaty, Lavery & Darkness Join Forces in Wild Win

October 22, 2014
Skorobohaty warming up before the Pierson game a few weeks ago

Skorobohaty warming up before the Pierson game a few weeks ago

This afternoon eight seniors were honored before the last home game of their careers. Despite the wind and rain, Emily Pius, Sydney Dunn, Esther Lee, Rebecca Lee, Anna Wadding, Emma Lavery, Erin Morrison, and Elsa Crozier were honored for their contributions to the incredible success of the program over the years. Pius’ career, in particular, stands out for a number of reasons. She has been a six-year player on the varsity, is the last holdover from the State Championship team of 2009, and is the first Stony Brook soccer player to sign with a Division I program. She will play for the High Point University Panthers next fall.

After the ceremony it was time for the girls to take on their rivals from Southold. In their previous match-up on October 1st, the girls fell 1-0 and undoubtedly were eager to even the score.

From the outset Southold was the aggressor and tried to set the tone with a physical brand of play. Ten minutes in they took a 1-0 lead when a goal line cross found an open forward on the weak side for an easy goal. With Southold’s bruising play and tactful possessions it felt like it would be the first goal of several, but the Bears responded under two minutes later when Annie Skorobohaty received a beautiful through-ball from Ella Simmons, fought off a defender playing more body than ball, and blasted home the equalizer. The Brook had a nearly identical chance a few minutes later, but the shot sailed wide. Shortly after Southold grabbed momentum back when they scored on a carbon copy of their first goal, giving them a 2-1 edge at the half.

As the second half got underway the biggest question was not whether or not the Bears could come back, but how much time they would have in which to do it. The descending darkness coupled with the overcast skies made it clear the contest could not be finished. As the half began Southold clearly had the advantage, holding a lead in a truncated match, but the Bears refused to succumb to the unfavorable odds. Ten minutes in the Bears proved they would not go quietly when Anna Wadding sent a cross into the box from the right wing. After it was it was initially misplayed, Emma Lavery banged home the tying goal.

As the small, stalwart crowd began to pray for darkness to fall more quickly, thus giving us a tie, Southold set about trying to take back the lead. The Settlers had three different fast break opportunities in quick succession, but each time the Bears did just enough to stem the tide. Linnea Piazza made several key stops in goal while Sydney Dunn, Wadding, and Dahlia Cyrille held the back line.

As the second half went on the conditions continued to worsen. The wind picked up, the skies opened and all the while visibility continued to diminish. In the 65th minute it appeared play could be called at any moment, when Skorobohaty again received a perfect pass, this time from Wadding, that rolled past the defense. She sped ahead of her pursuers and blasted home the eventual game-winner. Southold grabbed the ball and ran it to midfield, trying to save every precious second, but to no avail as the game was called minutes later due to darkness.

The stolen victory felt reminiscent of last year’s miraculous County Championship win over the Settlers when the girls overcame a 1-3 deficit with just four minutes remaining to force overtime, eventually winning on penalty kicks. This win required a similar determination and toughness. This was a championship-caliber victory, not because that girls played error-free soccer, but because they persevered through difficult weather, against a physical opponent. It was a great playoff tune-up that showed the winning potential this team possesses.

 

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