Courtney Locurcio's hat trick a treat for Hicksville
Courtney Locurcio's last three-goal game came when she was playing . . .
A different position.
On a different team.
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In a different decade.
"I forgot what it feels like," she said Monday after scoring three goals to lead Hicksville to a 6-1 win over Plainview JFK in a Nassau Conference AA-II game. "I never really get to experience it."
Flashback to her previous hat trick: She's a forward playing intramurals at the age of 6.
Now jump back to Monday: She's a midfielder playing varsity soccer at the age of 17.
The 11-year drought came to an end when she cut down the middle of the box, received a pass from Kelsey Silver and one-timed it into the back of the net for her third goal, capping the scoring with 5:01 remaining.
"She's a kid that controls the middle of the field," Hicksville coach Rich Hinnerschietz said. "When she's on, she can dominate a game."
She was certainly on Monday.
Locurcio opened the scoring in the seventh minute, chipping a shot past the keeper off an assist from Briana Polidora. After Silver scored on a breakaway set up by a Jessica Deturris through ball, Locurcio broke free down the middle of the box and fired into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead early in the second half.
That was more than enough support for a stingy Hicksville defense that was coming off six consecutive shutouts.
Carolyn Saulle knocked in a cross from Loren Spera with 31:26 left as Plainview JFK (2-2-1) cut it to 3-1. It is the only goal that keeper Alexa Higgins, who made six saves, and the Comets (5-0-1) have allowed in seven league games.
"That goal definitely hurt us," central defender Keley Abbriano said. "But we weren't going to let it happen again."
Junior Josselyn Guevara scored the first goal of her varsity career after trapping a cross and placing a high-arching shot over the keeper for a 4-1 lead with 21:11 to go. Locurcio later stopped a ball from crossing the end line and played it to Caroline Zimmerman, who one-touched it into the net to make it 5-1.
That play was more indicative of the distributing role typically played by Locurcio, who entered Monday's game with one goal and four assists on the season.
"I usually try to find my teammates and make runs off them," she said. "I don't usually score goals."
Monday was a little different.