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Leftovers: Sayville vs. East Islip

Sayville's Shannon Litvin passes

Sayville's Shannon Litvin passes Credit: Barry Sloan

If you didn’t already know: Sayville defeated East Islip, 3-2, in overtime on Wednesday. After Alexa Martino’s score, which would’ve won it for East Islip with no time left, was waved off, Taylor Mills scored in overtime for the Golden Flashes. It was a matchup of two of Suffolk’s last three undefeated teams (Sachem East being the other). Here are some of the things said afterwards that didn’t make the newspaper article. Read all about it!

Sayville midfielder Shannon Litvin

Thoughts on the game: “It was one of the most nerve-racking games we’ve ever played. Me and Liv (Cabral), captains, we said to each other we’ve never been more nervous in a 7-vs.-7.”

The team’s closeness and the “Ohana” slogan: “We have a really strong connection with our team. It’s something we’ve done and we’ll always do. We have talent, but I think the reason we win a lot is because of how close we are. We call each other family.”

Mills’ game-winner: “I have never been more proud of a teammate. Last season she did great, but this season she’s stepped up so much.”

When it looked like East Islip had won: “Oh, my gosh. My heart stopped. I was gonna take blame for that. I missed my stroke earlier in the game [with 2:51 left in the first half]. I’ve never missed a stroke before. I think I might’ve been too confident on it. It wasn’t very strong.”

Olivia Cabral

Getting the win after a tense game: “It’s an awesome feeling. We came into the game knowing that both of us had undefeated records and somebody had to come out of it with a loss.”

The play on Taylor Mills’ winning goal: “The girl came up to me – that was awesome defense she played – so I passed off. I just wanted the ball to get in. I didn’t even see [Mills] shoot; I was just waiting to hear the cling in the back of the goal.”

East Islip’s winning goal getting waved off: “The refs saw that it didn’t go outside the circle. That was a tough call. We were really shocked.”

The Golden Flashes being 9-0 overall: “It’s great. It’s senior year; we’re all trying to give it our all. Hopefully we go undefeated and go the whole way.”

Last season, Cabral led Sayville with 15 goals. This year, she has just one but leads Long Island with 11 assists. Role change? “I played a lot of forward last year and now I’m back to midfield. It’s a good connection with me and ‘Miller’ (her nickname for Taylor Mills). We don’t worry about the stats, but she’s got the most goals.” Mills has an LI-high 15 goals. “Whatever it takes to win; it doesn’t matter.”

Taylor Mills: “I don’t know where to begin with ‘Miller’ – I love her. She’s really stepped up for the team, and she has every game. She’s always there whenever I need to get rid of the ball.”

Why “Miller”? “I don’t know why I came up with ‘Miller.’ Her last name’s Mills. But I’ve been doing it for a long time. I even call her family that. I say ‘Mr. and Mrs. Miller.’

Olivia Russell, who had the assist on Mills’ first goal, which tied the score at 1 with 22:09 remaining. Factoid: With two Olivias on the team, the Golden Flashes have to differentiate (when referring to one or while yelling instructions or encouragement ). So, Cabral is “Liv” and Olivia Russell is… “Olivia Russell.” Cabral said “Yeah, it has to be the full name.”

Excitement of being 9-0: “It’s very exciting. We’re gonna keep it going and go all the way.” Making a guarantee already? “Yeah, why not? I’m confident in us.”

Is a win like this one more rewarding? “Yeah, it is, because it was close and we had to work hard to come back. But it also motivates us to push harder the rest of the season so it doesn’t happen again.”

Any celebration? “Finishing my homework.” (Cabral, in the background yelled, “And Friendly’s!”)

Taylor Miller… um, Mills

Two goals: “It’s amazing. But I give thanks to our defense, the midfield and the other forwards.”

This season: “It’s different from last year in a way. We’ve bonded a lot. We’ve gotten better each game. Gianna [Minogue], our goalie, has been great. She’s made a lot of big saves for us.”

Winning goal: “Liv got the ball, she passed it around the defender to me and I hit it. Actually, after I hit it, Liv hit it in again, to make sure.”

East Islip coach Chris Veit

Thoughts after the loss: “I give all the credit in the world to their team hanging in there. They did everything they had to do. We gave up a lot of defense in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Came back, tied it up, and we earned a corner with no time left.”

Close games with Sayville: “For the last 15 years, traditionally, we always play Sayville to a goal game. Both teams played well today. We could’ve flipped a coin for which team would come away with the victory.

Any positives taken out of it? “I thought the opening 30 minutes we played our game. For 20 minutes in the second half we didn’t. We weren’t making our passes and we were playing up the center to their strength. The last 10 minutes we started getting the ball back on the wings and we got a nice goal to tie it and another nice goal that got called back.”


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