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Arianna Esposito's two diving goals boost Miller Place

Arianna Esposito of Miller Place is congratulated by

Arianna Esposito of Miller Place is congratulated by teammates after the win. Miller Place defeated Rocky Point 2-0 in at Rocky Point High School on Oct. 14, 2015. Credit: Daniel De Mato

Arianna Esposito wore the turf burn on her leg like a badge of honor.

That's because the Miller Place field hockey junior forward earned the mark when she dove for a goal on a penalty corner to give her team the lead over Rocky Point with 13:54 remaining in the first half.

Esposito scored again with just more than 10 minutes remaining in regulation to help the undefeated Panthers to a 2-0 win over the Eagles on Wednesday.

"I dove on both of them," Esposito said. She added that it was special to beat the team that eliminated Miller Place to win the Suffolk Class B title last year. "I'm in shock right now, I feel like crying. It's such a great win."

Esposito's sister Crystal is the top scorer in Suffolk with 26 points, but Arianna isn't far behind with 17. Arianna believes she has a new offensive upside after learning new dodges this past week.

Her first goal broke up a stretch of defensive play by both teams, which lasted the first 15 minutes of the game.

"I think we passed really well today," Miller Place coach Alana LaMorte said. "We looked up, we dodged . . . it was pretty hockey. [Defensively] I think they stepped up when they needed to, they marked and they held it down."

Rocky Point (9-3) nearly tied the score when Taylor Brodsky passed to Nickie Sciulla on a penalty corner with nine minutes left in the first, but sophomore goalie Ally Tarantino came out to make a diving stop.

Tarantino, who had six saves and faced seven penalty corners, made crucial stops in the final three minutes of the first half, including a kick save to settle play down in front of the cage.

Miller Place (12-0) increased offensive pressure in the second half, which led to more scoring chances and penalty corners. The Panthers also kept up their shutdown defense and were helped out by Tarantino.

"A lot of good stick work on the field today," said Miller Place senior Alyssa Parrella, who assisted on Esposito's second goal. They had their stick down a lot, which we had trouble getting past a couple of times, but the biggest thing was communicating to get around the players."

Added Parrella: "Our biggest goal is to keep an undefeated season."


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