Call it, "The Adventures of Sherlock's Goals."
The mystery that needs solving is how to stop Paige Sherlock from scoring big goals. Last season, she scored a penalty kick that clinched the county title. This season, she tallied the overtime winner as No. 3 West Islip defeated No. 4 Hauppauge, 1-0, Wednesday night in the Suffolk Class AA county final at Dowling.
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After Kelsey Krupski kept the ball in the zone, Hauppauge keeper Alexis Benedetto came off her line to challenge. Sherlock chased down the ball, got a foot on it at the edge of the box, and sent a bouncer into the empty net with 7:38 remaining in the first overtime.
"All I was thinking was run through the ball and it could be over," said Sherlock, who also scored the winning penalty kick in the semifinals on Monday. "I saw it in the net and thought, 'Wow! I can't believe it actually went in.' "
Cali Loeffler made six saves, including a leaping punch to send a strike from Lauren Mastandrea over the crossbar with 40 seconds left. On the ensuing corner kick, Jana Brulhardt blocked a shot attempt.
Defenders Julia Impagliazzo and Kayla Schmadtke contained Hauppauge's formidable forward tandem of Emily Kaplan and Lauren Downey as the Lions recorded their 11th straight shutout. "We shifted where we needed to go and did the little things we needed to do," Schmadtke said.
Added Impagliazza: "As a team, we work really well with sliding each other. Everyone is always backing each other up."
Benedetto made seven saves for Hauppauge (17-3).
West Islip (16-1-3) plays Massapequa in the Long Island championship on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Adelphi. Sherlock will look to add another chapter to her adventures. "Without all my teammates, this wouldn't be possible," Sherlock said. "It's a great feeling and nobody can take it away from us."