It's said that those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Yet Paige Sherlock and Cali Loeffler remember the past quite well. And still, they repeated it.
During a shootout in the playoffs last season, Sherlock scored the winning penalty kick and Loeffler made a diving stop for West Islip.
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During a shootout in the playoffs Monday, Sherlock scored the winning penalty kick and Loeffler made a diving stop for West Islip.
See how history repeats itself?
After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, Sherlock's goal capped a 4-2 shootout win as No. 3 West Islip defeated No. 2 Northport in the Suffolk Class AA semifinals.
"Same exact thing as last year," Sherlock said. "Same nerves, same excitement."
Loeffler made a beautiful leaping stop to deflect a perfectly placed free kick from Northport's Elizabeth Contino over the crossbar with 2:15 remaining in the second golden goal overtime.
Loeffler's 12 saves, combined with a strong performance from Gianna DeCarlo, Kayla Schmadtke and the Lions' defense, helped force a shootout.
"I told the girls not to worry about shooting because you know our goalie is going to save at least one or two," West Islip coach Nick Grieco. "These girls always step up in the moment."
The shootout opened with Northport's Leah Dentale and Stephanie Rapp trading goals with West Islip's Schmadtke and Vanessa Costantino. Loeffler then dove to stop a low shot, and DeCarlo followed with a goal to give West Islip a 3-2 advantage. Northport's next shot hit the post, setting up the winner by Sherlock.
"I had so much confidence in her and my team," Loeffler said, "just like they probably had confidence in me."
Rapp and Cybele Laisney played well defensively and set up numerous opportunities for Northport (15-1), which controlled possession for a majority of overtime. Brenna Farrington and Emma Havrilla each made two saves for the Tigers, who finished the season without allowing a goal, having outscored opponents 52-0.
West Islip (15-1-3) plays No. 4 Hauppauge in the county championship game Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Dowling Sports Complex, the site where Loeffler made two diving saves in penalty kicks last November to help the Lions win the title.
"I definitely feel like history repeated itself, but it's all because of our hard work," Loeffler said. "Now we have to keep working hard so we can repeat as county champions."
And repeat history.