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Postgame: Calhoun vs. Farmingdale
The game story of Calhoun's 2-1 double-overtime upset victory over top-seeded Farmingdale can be found here. Due to space a lot of what was said after the game could not make the paper. A lot of game action did not make the cut as well and the game was simply outstanding so let's get to some of the big moments.
The first half may have been scoreless but it was evenly played and each team had its chances. First, Calhoun nearly got on the board only 32 seconds into the game when Jessica Foley broke free past a Farmingdale defender but her shot rolled just outside the far post. In the 13th minute, Maggie Fleming got on a breakaway when she caught the Calhoun defense too far up field. Farmingdale had four players rushing upfield but Fleming's shot went wide left. Calhoun's Michelle Iacono had a chance in the 32nd minute but her shot rolled wide left.
Kim Kolodny had a great chance for Farmingdale in the 4th minute of the second half but Alissa Battaglia came out and made a sliding stop. Kristina Gandalfo broke the scoreless tie in the 47th minute when she got free on a breakaway and scored from 12 yards out. Gandolfo's goal was due to Farmingdale's defense playing far upfield, a trend which would continue.
Just 30 seconds later Calhoun's Alyssa Garbarino got his in the face with a redirected ball and got a pretty bad bloody nose. She would return to the game but played out a few minutes before coming out again for precautionary reasons.
With Garbarino out Jessica Benitez came in for the Colts and did a great job containing Kim Kolodny. Kaitlin Gaghan had to make a stop on an Iacono breakaway in the 55th minute. Kolodny got a feed from Amanda Turturro and fired a blast on goal but the shot hit the left post.
Turturro fired a rocker from 30 yards out which sailed over Battaglia's hands to tie the game at 1 in the 63rd minute.
Gaghan and Battaglia each made game-saving stops in the closing minutes of regulation. The intensity and physicality was racheted up in the final 5-10 minutes of regulation as well.
Gandolfo scored 1:13 into the first overtime and the Colts played strong defensively from there on out. Farmingdale challenged Battaglia until the end but it was not meant to be for the No. 1 Dalers.
Farmingdale did not play a lot on the right side of the field In the second half, something which was working in the first half. Turturro was using her speed to her advantage and it felt as if it would be a matter of time until she scored. She did score but it was on one of the only occasions the Dalers maintained possession on the right side of the field for more than a few moments.
Gaghan and Battaglia both played magnificent. The back-and-forth saves in the final eight minutes of regulation were season savers and gutsy moves by each of them to challenge the opposing forwards and cut down the angle.
Calhoun coach Lori Biscardi:
On what she thought after Farmingdale tied the game:
It’s hoping that my girls were going to stay composed. I think they got nervous. We got a little disorganized back there; a little sloppy. We talked to them, told them to settle down. Let’s go in there and play our stuff. Being able to put that goal in early into overtime and then we just went into defensive mind.
On the closing minutes of reulation:
It was definitely a little bit of a roller coaster there. Heart was beating real fast.
On Alissa Battaglia:
Battaglia has been my goalkeeper since her freshmen year and she had been my number one keeper, if not the whole county.
On Jessica Benitez coming off the bench and containing Kim Kolodny:
Benitez struggles for the playing time but when she gets in there she’s a very composed player. She knows what to do; she has such great knowledge of the game. She’s not the quickest or the fastest player. That’s why we eventually took her out of there. She position-wise she knows how to stay on her mark.
Calhoun forward Kristina Gandalfo:
On how it feels to win the game:
It feels great. We worked really hard to get here and we’re just happy we won today.
On scoring two goals:
I was really excited. It’s really hard to score on a team that that has a number one seed. It’s definitely emotional but I believe in my team and I know in the end we were going to win.
On what knocking off the top seed says about Calhoun:
It means a lot. We’re here and we want to win the playoffs, so don’t underestimate us.
Calhoun goalkeeper Alissa Battaglia:
On Farmingdale's goal:
My first thought was, how far off am I on my line? I thought I was going to get chipped. I’m short, whatever. I was trying to take a step back but by the time I took a step back – girl had a rocket shot, great for her. I tried to tip it over, it was a great shot. I knew I had to keep myself composed and keep my team composed because there was a lot of time left.