Bischoff's two goals spark Massapequa

MacArthur's Marissa Giammarusco, left, tries to defend against MacArthur's Marissa Giammarusco, left, tries to defend against Massapequa's Kristen Bischoff, who scored the only two goals of the game. (Sept. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Richard T. Slattery

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Kristen Bischoff's second goal mattered only for bookkeeping purposes -- a shot that found the net just as time expired in Massapequa's 2-0 win over MacArthur Thursday.

But more than anything, that was a goal within a goal for the junior.

Keeper Katie Hatziyianis booted away MacArthur's last shot with 16 seconds left, then streaking up the left sideline was Bischoff.

The forward received a long outlet pass from Alyssa Ianuzzi about 10 yards left of the goal and deftly crossed over and spun around a defender before launching the ball into the far corner.

Take that, anterior cruciate ligament!

Bischoff had torn her ACL as a freshman and spent her sophomore year on junior varsity. But on that play yesterday, she flashed all the speed and lateral quickness that made her a potential soccer star.

"That was only my second goal," Bischoff said, "so I was really excited." Understandably, since her first came only seven minutes before.

Bischoff put the Chiefs (2-0) on the board with 7:12 to go against their Conference AA-I rivals, heading in a well-placed corner kick from Amanda Garrity from about 5 yards.

MacArthur possessed the ball for much of the first half and pressured Hatziyianis (nine saves), but Massapequa took control after intermission. Samantha Santeramo had four saves for the Generals (1-1-1).

The Chiefs upset nationally-ranked St. Anthony's on Tuesday and Nicole Mahin said a dip in intensity, perhaps, caused her team's slow start Thursday.

"But Mackenzie Palmer and Olivia Stegner were awesome defensively to keep us in it," said Mahin, a back. "Once our midfield started to connect, we gained the momentum."

Then Bischoff cashed in.

"She's coming into her own and a performance like this is a huge confidence-builder," Chiefs coach Bruce Stegner said. "She proved to herself that she can do it."

And, really, the proof was in her footing.

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