Kohler's trick goal treats West Islip to victory

Members of the West Islip girls soccer team Members of the West Islip girls soccer team celebrate after their victory over Kings Park. (Oct. 31, 2013) Photo Credit: Richard T. Slattery

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Trick or treat?

Carly Kohler did both.

She tricked defenders with some fancy footwork and treated spectators to one of the prettiest goals they'll see, propelling No. 2 West Islip to a 4-0 win Thursdayover No. 10 Kings Park in a Halloween matinee game.

"That was the best goal we've scored all year," West Islip coach Nick Grieco said after the Suffolk AA quarterfinal victory. "We were flying high from there."

The trick goal came just five minutes into the game after Naya Cerda's throw-in was deflected and sent airborne toward Kohler. Surrounded by defenders, she used a chest trap to settle the ball, and rather than let it fall to the ground like usual, she kicked it in midair and scored in the upper corner of the net from 15 yards out.

"I needed to make a decision on the fly," she said. "I figured my best shot was not letting it hit the ground and not letting it bounce in the box. If I did, I don't think I would have scored."

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Paige Sherlock knocked in a corner kick from Jessica Bendetti to increase the lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute.

That was more than enough for the West Islip defense, which was led by Nicole Crofton. Kings Park's Jennifer Buoncore nearly scored late in the half after eluding a defender and firing from the left wing, but keeper Megan Deak tipped the ball away and recovered the rebound. Deak made three saves and Cali Loeffler made four saves to combine for the Lions' 11th shutout.

"We stayed tight and covered each other," Crofton said. "We work off each other well and communicate."

Carley Greco made nine saves for Kings Park (10-4-2), which upset No. 7 Lindenhurst in the first round on Monday.

Cassidy Rollman added two second-half goals to seal the win. Bendetti beat a defender down the right wing and sent a cross to the front of the net where Rollman buried it into the back the net for a 3-0 lead just 51 seconds into the second half. She scored again during a scramble in front of the net with 16:26 to go.

West Islip (15-2) advances to play No. 3 Commack, which upset the Lions in the quarterfinals last season, tomorrow in the semifinals.

"We're going to keep doing what we're doing," Kohler said. "Hopefully, we get a lead like we did this game, finish it out and get to counties."

Now that would be a treat.

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