Kristin Yevoli, you just scored the winning goal in a tightly-contested game against Hauppauge, what do you think?
"Huh, I didn't even know what I did," she said. "I remember the goal. I just didn't remember it was me."
It was her. With the score tied at 7, Yevoli, a midfielder, took the pass from Colleen Bourgal, faked left, shot right, and scored with 4:53 left to lead host Massapequa in their win over the Eagles, 8-7, in non-league play.
"She's definitely team-oriented," said coach Megan Zimmer of Yevoli. "She never cares about her stats and she never wants to know how many goals she's had."
That type of self-sacrifice was all but necessary in the dogfight against Hauppauge, which tied the score at 6 on Sydney Nino's crease roll with 8:28 left to play. Carly Tellekamp helped the Eagles take the lead on her free-position tally with seven minutes remaining, but the Chiefs' Hayley Burke, fed by Danielle Doherty in heavy double coverage, snagged the flick and scored a point-blank, man-up goal with 6:18 remaining to tie the score at 7.
"As a captain, I knew I had to keep my girls up because we have some girls that shut down easily," Burke said. "I knew we needed that good timeout where we said, 'This is no big deal. Act like that never happened.' Short term memory."
The Chiefs led 4-3 at the break, aided by Yevoli's two goals. Down 6-3 with 17:30 left to play, Hauppauge came raging back, scoring four straight -- three by Nino and the last by Tellekamp. In the meantime, the defense shined: A one-on-one save by Hauppauge's Tori Johnston, and a forced turnover by the Eagle's Hannah Kaplan, extinguished big threats near the cage.
It wasn't enough, and the Chiefs, who had lost two of the last four, were intent on snuffing a streak marked by mediocrity.
"The big difference is that we've been having a couple not so good games and we really realized that we have to like to have possession and 50-50 balls, draw controls," Yevoli said. "That's all that we need. We have to treat the ball like it's gold and we need to take care of it at all parts of the game."
So, Kristin Yevoli. You just won a tightly-contested game against Hauppauge. How do you feel?
"A lot better," she said, beaming.