Islip and Sayville, two of Suffolk's best girls soccer teams, played the first statement game of the season Thursday. Only problem was that 100 minutes of evenly matched soccer simply wasn't enough time to make that statement.
Islip, the defending Class A county champs, was out to prove they are still the team to beat. Sayville, whose perfect season was brought to an unexpected end in the semifinals by Islip, was out to remind everyone what they are still capable of.
But a resolution wasn't reached as Islip's Morgan Santoro and Sayville's Madison Hoon traded goals in the first half and overtime and the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in League V. So for now, the statement is simply, "Wait and see."
After Islip keeper Tara Mackey swatted away an open shot in the box, Hoon knocked in the rebound to give Sayville a 2-1 lead 1:49 into the first overtime period. Just 1:29 later, Sarah McGarry sent a beautiful cross to the front of the net where Santoro tapped it in to tie the score at 2.
"We tried our best and I think we could have come out on top," Santoro said. "We'll get them next time."
They nearly got them this time. As Islip had the advantage charging down field with just over three minutes left in the second overtime, a tripping call was made against Sayville just outside the box, stopping play and negating what would have been Santoro's third goal.
Hoon opened the scoring by kicking in a loose ball off Samantha Bishop's free kick to give Sayville a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.
McGarry played a centering feed to Santoro, who one-touched the ball past a challenging keeper and scored an uncontested goal as Islip pulled even with 11:50 left in the first half.
Mackey made 13 saves and Sayville's Olivia Coley-Bishop had seven, including a catch off a deep shot while battling the sun late in the second overtime.
The next statement game between Islip (1-0-1) and Sayville (1-0-1) will be on Oct. 11.