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On This Day In History | 1999

September 15, 2015
The 2000 girls' soccer team

The 1999 girls’ soccer team

On this day 16 years ago, the girls’ soccer team earned the first win over Mattituck in program history.

In just their second game of the season, the Bears journeyed out to the North Fork to battle the perennially powerful Tuckers. As the team arrived, a light rain began to fall that would turn into a steady pour as the game wore on. The game was evenly waged from the outset, but the Tuckers nearly gained the upper hand midway through the first half. In the 25th minute, keeper Carolyn Gilroy made a point-blank save to keep Mattituck off the board. The match would remain deadlocked at 0-0 at the half.

The game was still knotted at 0-0 in the 65th minute when Leah Corva beat her defender down the left wing and played a gorgeous cross to the far post where Alyssa Kreines was waiting to tuck it away. The defensive corps of Mairi McDermott, Tovey Jensen, Jovana Jacobson, and Rebecca Hamilton ensured the one-goal margin would stand.

As the final horn sounded and history was made, the Bears celebrated with swan dives on the slick grass, reveling in a monumental victory. The win was especially meaningful for senior Brooke Meserole who recalled losses to the Tuckers in 8th and 9th grades by scores of 12-0 and 11-1.

Before the end of the season, the girls would make program history a few more times. Their six second half goals in a 9-1 win over Hampton Bays was the most in program history to that point (it was later bested in 2010 during a 10-goal thumping of Mercy). They were the first to qualify for the Class C playoffs and they allowed the fewest number of goals in a season. Carolyn Gilroy set records for goals in a game (4) and goals in a season (15). Though her goals in a game record has been tied several times–Kelsey Wentling (2009), Donna Liotine (2010), Michelle Hennessy (2010)–it has never been broken.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    September 15, 2015 11:57 AM

    What about my goals in a season record? Does that still stand? I remember those games…

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    • September 15, 2015 1:41 PM

      Hey Carolyn! I’m not sure about that record. We have a very incomplete collection of scorebooks for the girls’ soccer team but I’ll see what I can find out.

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