Ally Tarantino isn’t one to brag, but when a goalkeeper records their 10th shutout of the season plus two shootout shutouts, don’t expect the team to share her humbleness.
“[Tarantino] is so important to the team. I don’t know what we would do without her,” midfielder Julia Burns said. “It really is a team effort and if our team doesn’t stop [the opposing team], we know Ally will.”
Tarantino has and she did, helping Miller Place (13-1) defeat Rocky Point (11-3) in a shootout, 3-0, Wednesday, to win the Suffolk III regular-season title.
Tarantino had five saves during regulation and stopped all five of the shootout attempts.
“I like one on ones [shootouts] because of the challenge,” Tarantino said. “I don’t feel pressure, to me it’s fun.”
The rival game was scoreless throughout regulation and overtime. Arianna Esposito, Jillian Fazio and Burns each scored a goal in the shootout for Miller Place.
“We’ve had a shootout four times this year, twice with Rocky Point,” forward Esposito said. “It’s nerve racking, but I try to keep my head clear . . . We have great goalie to practice on so it helps.”
According to the Panthers, the rivalry between with Rocky Point is a long and tough one, leading to “high intensity games.” The first time the two teams met this season the regulation score ended in a tie at 2, with Miller Place winning in the shootout, 2-1. In that game, Tarantino had 19 saves and four saves in the shootout.
Last season, Miller Place defeated Rocky Point to win the Suffolk Class B championship. None of the girls are thinking that far ahead but they are all confident in their team and in Tarantino.
“[The team’s confidence] is really nice of them but it really is a team effort, from the girls on the field to the ones on the sidelines,” Tarantino said.