Here's what soccer teams usually do between the end of overtime and the start of penalty kicks:
Get a drink of water
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Offer some words of encouragement to teammates
Take a few deep breaths
Here's what members of the Center Moriches team did:
Got a few hours of sleep
Took the SATs
Watched a college soccer game
The Class B Suffolk championship game was suspended after overtime on Friday night because the lights at St. Joseph's were not allowed to stay on past 11 p.m. So, 16 hours and 10 kicks later, Center Moriches was finally crowned champion after a 4-3 shootout win over Babylon Saturday.
Emily Fey, CM's fifth shooter, fired a line drive inside the right post that struck the back of the net and clinched the victory.
"Indescribable," she said. "I didn't really think that much. I just knew I had to put it in."
Nicole Mangialardi, Casey Luongo and Catherine Nolan converted the first three penalty kicks for Center Moriches.
With less than two minutes remaining in regulation on Friday night, Luongo received a cross from Nolan outside of the box and fired into the back of the net to tie the score at 1.
"It was frustrating knowing we had to stop the game," Luongo said. "I couldn't fall asleep. I came home without an answer on if we won or not."
They now have their answer, thanks in part to Megan Ricci, a sophomore keeper who made two diving stops during PKs.
Shelby Fredericks and Kaileen Hart both converted for Babylon. Rachel Gregory, the fourth shooter, then tied it at 3.
"Definitely a tough loss, but I feel very excited that this is just the beginning of Babylon's success," said Fredericks, a senior who led the Panthers to a county title last season. "I'm proud that I was apart of that."