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Inspired win for Sayville girls soccer

Girls Varsity - 2007 Season
Posted Thursday, November 01, 2007 by Webmaster _

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Inspired win for Sayville girls soccer

BY JEFF GOLD

jeff.gold@newsday.com

November 1, 2007

The best seat in the house, sadly, was empty. But had it been filled, there would have been a wide smile.

Sayville girls soccer coach John Schroeder died earlier this season at the age of 64, and his players have dedicated the season to him in many ways. They wear black wristbands, have his name on their warm-ups and place his green folding chair next to their bench.

"It's Schro's chair," Sayville coach Beth Bolger said. "We bring it to every game."

Had he been there, he would have seen quite a performance from his chair. No.3 Sayville scored four first-half goals en route to a 4-2 win over No.2 Shoreham-Wading River yesterday in a Suffolk Class A semifinal.

"We played to our potential, especially in the first half," Sayville's Jasmine DePompeo said. "I'm sure [Schroeder] would have been happy."

Sayville (10-3-2) plays its rival, No.1 Islip, for the county title at 2 p.m. Saturday at Centereach.

Sayville took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when Kristie Lankowicz received a perfect crossing pass from Min Hodak and lofted a shot from the top of the box into the upper-right corner.

The lead was extended to 2-0 with 17 minutes left in the half on Dari Sellitti's long-range shot. Sayville made it 4-0 in the final five minutes of the half on goals by DePompeo and Sellitti.

"After every goal, we just pretended it was 0-0 and we kept going," Hodak said. "We played well as a unit."

Though she didn't score, Hodak was the key to Sayville's dominant first half. She won virtually every free ball and made it difficult for Shoreham-Wading River to have any extended possession time.

"You see her and you're like, 'Look at this kid, she's the size of a peanut, but she plays like a giant,'" Shoreham-Wading River coach Andrew Moschetti said. "She's like five-foot nothing but plays like she is 10 feet tall. She's a hustler and never stops."

Shoreham-Wading River (14-3-2) played much better in the second half. Dianna Marinaro scored unassisted with 14:32 left, and Marinaro assisted on Erica DeVito's goal to bring Shoreham-Wading River within 4-2 with 7:30 left. But Shoreham couldn't get any closer, and its season ended.

"All season we've had the M.O. of coming out flat. We talked about not doing it today, but it happened again," Moschetti said. "We've been a second-half team all year, but we were too far in the hole."

So it will be Sayville advancing.

"This is what we wanted, to keep playing and to get Islip," Hodak said.

The chair will be going, too.

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