Suffolk Class B champion Sayville beat Suffolk Class C champ Babylon, 5-0, to win the small schools championship on Thursday. The game serves mostly as a tune-up for Saturday’s Long Island championships. With both teams, regardless of the result, going on to compete in their respective LICs, little more than bragging rights are on the line. (Although, in Sayville’s case, there is the added motivation of protecting an undefeated record.)
But don’t tell Golden Flashes captain Shannon Litvin this wasn’t a big game.
“It means everything to me,” the senior said. “We’ve only won counties and small schools twice. I remember being a seventh-grader and watching them go up there and get that plaque and I thought, ‘One day, I want to be like that.’”
Even though the game is somewhat of an exhibition? “I feel like it’s special because we built some more confidence. We connected out there; our passing was great. We feel like we might actually do it this year. Watch out Garden City!”
(Nobody go running with that thinking it’s a dig at GC. She chuckled as she said it. Besides, that’s not even inflammatory. No contrived bulletin board material here.)
Other benefits of the game: “What I loved is that we got every single person in this game. When we can get everyone in, I feel like we all share in the win. It’s not just the starters. To see all the girls smiling and know everyone got to touch the ball, I’m happy when we can do that.”
College commitment: “I’m going to Ball State University. Do you remember Mary Moore?” [My reaction: C’mon. Of course I do. I’ve got a good three years before senility sets in.] “I’m gonna get to play against her next season, which will be fun. She’s incredible.” (Moore, who starred at Miller Place and was a 2010 All-Long Island selection, is a freshman at Central Michigan and helped the Chippewas reach the semifinals of the MAC tournament.)
Having a perfect record, winning the county title and the small schools championship: “We just put so much into this season and it’s worked out so far. A lot of hard work has gone into us doing what we have.”
Coming in at 18-0, how much import does the team put on that record? “We really want to maintain that record since we’re the only team on Long Island [with a perfect record]. We played our hardest and we did alright. We jelled.
Garden City coming up on Saturday: “I think we’re ready.”
Julianna Fiorillo scored a goal in the win.
Playing Garden City: “It’s gonna be tough, but we have a chance and hopefully we can get it done… I think it’s gonna be a pretty even match; it can go either way. It’ll definitely be intense.”
Dominating in the 5-0 win: “I think it was good practice for Garden City. We had things we wanted to work on –our passing and our communication – and we were able to get that done.”
Friendliness with Babylon: “We’ve scrimmaged them before and they’re a nice group of girls. It was a little more laid-back.”
As compared to the tension of Tuesday’s Suffolk final (a 3-2 win over Rocky Point in double strokes): “It was so close. It was just… oh, my gosh, so intense. Just thinking about it is nerve-racking.”