All hail the Kingston!
With Wantagh's barrage of shots carrying high, missing wide, or finding the goalkeeper, it was Shannon Kingston who finally put one in the back of the net for her crowning achievement.
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Jordyn Klapper fired a shot from the right wing that was tipped by Seaford keeper Lindsay Montemarano. The ball was deflected before Kingston knocked in the rebound in the 77th minute to propel Wantagh to a 3-2 win over Seaford in a Nassau Conference A-II contest Tuesday.
"We just needed to calm down and take some nice shots," Kingston said. "We were due for one."
Montemarano was the main reason that winless Seaford (0-7) came within minutes of tying first-place Wantagh (6-1).
The senior keeper made 23 saves, many of which were of the leaping and lunging variety. On one sequence midway through the second half, she tipped away a shot on a breakaway, then made a sliding tackle to clear the ball to safety.
"It's definitely a really tough loss, especially how well we played," Montemarano said. "I know they're not supposed to shoot a lot on me but it makes the game fun and I just try to challenge myself and do the best I can for my team."
Jennifer Graham opened the scoring with a goal on a breakaway to give Wantagh a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Seaford striker Danielle Pearse tied the score just five minutes later, chipping a ball past the challenging keeper.
Five minutes into the second half, Pearse received a pass down the right wing, pulled up and fired a liner into the back of the net from 30 yards to give Seaford a 2-1 lead.
Wantagh responded five minutes later as Tori Flaherty sent a perfect pass from midfield over the defense to Nicole Sliwak, who settled the ball and scored the tying goal from the middle of the box.
"We knew we had to win," Sliwak said. "Losing wasn't an option. It doesn't matter what the score is. As long as we win, that's all that counts."