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Bears Down Reigning State Champs

September 21, 2017
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Sanders (shown here last year) had a goal & 2 assists (PC: Linnea Piazza)

This afternoon, the girls’ soccer team topped two-time defending State Champion Port Jeff in a dominant 6-2 win.

The Bears jumped all over the Royals, building on an early 2-0 lead to carry an insurmountable 5-0 edge into the half. Beth Felix lit up the scoreboard first on a goal assisted by Leka Lee-Maeba. Lee-Maeba notched a strike in the 10th minute courtesy of a pass from Donna Sanders. Felix pushed the Bear lead to 3-0 in the 29th minute, scoring directly off of a corner kick for the second time this season. Sanders found the net in the 36th minute courtesy of a Felix assist, and Lee-Maeba closed the first half scoring a minute later on a goal assisted by Sanders.

Port Jeff notched goals in the 12th and 22nd minutes of the second half, but Lee-Maeba completed the hat trick in the 37th minute to seal the victory. Sophia DiLavore recorded 3 saves in goal for the Brook. With the win the Bears improve to 4-4 in a perennially difficult, multi-class league, but are 3-1 against Class C competition.

This was Lee-Maeba’s second hat trick of the season to go along with a trinity of strikes vs. Pierson on Sept. 8th. This was Felix’s second consecutive multi-goal game after her two-goal performance vs. Smithtown Christian on Monday.

Coupled with Monday’s 5-2 victory over Smithtown Christian, this is the largest consecutive game scoring output for the Bears since 2010 when the Blue and White topped Mercy (10-0) on Oct. 26th and Ross (6-0) on Oct. 28th. That team went on to win a 4th straight County Championship.

The offensive power of this team has been staggering so far this season. In 2016 the Bears scored a total of 16 goals in 15 games. 8 games into 2017 they have 25, with Lee-Maeba responsible for 11 of them. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Bears never scored more than 3 goals in a single game, accomplishing that feat a total of five times over that span. This season, they have scored at least 3 goals on four occasions, scoring at least 5 goals three times. The 2012 and 2014 teams were the last to equal that feat, and they did it exactly three times over an entire season. The offense appears to clicking at the right time.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday at Mercy.

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