Goldfarb helps Syosset girls earn season's first point
It wasn't the way the Syosset's girls soccer team had envisioned earning its first point of the season, but it will take it any way it can get it.
After starting the season with two losses, Syosset played to a scoreless tie against unbeaten Hicksville in Nassau Conference II Wednesday.
Hicksville (3-0-1) had one final opportunity on a corner kick with less than two minutes left in the game but Jessica Bonczyk's shot hit the top of the crossbar and caromed behind the net.
Syosset senior goalkeeper Molly Goldfarb had 12 saves, including a series of stops that Braves coach Joe Marchetta said kept them in the game.
Hicksville's biggest scoring threat came early in the second half when Goldfarb and Shannon McDonald raced to the ball as it rolled between them in the penalty box. Goldfarb slid toward it as McDonald got the kick off, altering the shot just enough to send it wide of the net.
"We played really well, we just couldn't finish in the end," Goldfarb said. When asked how the team can build on the defensive effort she added, "With another shutout and a win."
First-year coach Marchetta also saw signs of improvement in his team. "I thought effort-wise we were brilliant and I was really proud of my girls," he said. "It starts with our goalkeeper Molly. You set the tone in the back and the players in front just get a sense of comfort from the players behind them, starting with the keeper. It just spreads right through the team. Every player played a part in it."
Nicole Tang narrowly missed putting Syosset ahead on multiple occasions, hitting the crossbar on a free kick and overshooting the net on another shot, much to the delight of Hicksville keeper Korey Abbriano.
"I think I did pretty good, but could of done a few things better," said Abbriano, who had 10 saves in her second shutout of the season. "A couple of the corner kicks and free balls that went over the net scared me."
Syosset (0-2-1) continues the transition under its rookie coach. "We feel we've gotten progressively better with each half of play over the games we have played so far," Marchetta said. "We got our first point of the season and we are gonna take it from there. We just have to keep moving in a positive direction and we are happy with the direction we are moving in."