On this day two years ago, the girls’ soccer team engineered what may be the greatest comeback in the history of Stony Brook Athletics.
With four minutes remaining in regulation, the Bears trailed Southold 1-3 and hope had nearly evaporated. With time ticking down, the Bears earned a corner kick opportunity that was stymied by the Settler defense. The ball was cleared out of the box, but Julia Shi, who came all the way upfield from her spot on defense, fired a shot into the top right corner from 25 yards to cut Southold’s lead to 3-2. Infused with new life, the Bears battled fiercely to equalize before time ran out. Two minutes after Shi’s goal, the Bears did the impossible, knotting the score as Annie Skorobohaty punched home the tying goal off of a perfect corner kick from Emily Pius.
After a scoreless overtime period the game moved to penalty kicks where freshman keeper Fiona Farrell emerged as one of the game’s heroes. After turning away 14 shots in regulation, Farrell saved two of Southold’s penalty kicks while Morgan Pius and Skorobohaty converted on Stony Brook’s final two shots to earn the miraculous victory. Pius added a gorgeous goal in regulation, that hit the far post and ricocheted in, and Hannah Barker tallied an assist.
The victory gave the Bears their sixth County Championship in the previous seven years.