Massapequa High School forward #22 Kelsey O'Brien chases after a...

Massapequa High School forward #22 Kelsey O'Brien chases after a loose ball in the first half. (Oct. 18, 2011) Credit: James Escher

When her offense has provided a considerable cushion and the defense forms a human force field atop the circle, what goes through a star goalie's mind?

"I had time to think and reflect," said Massapequa's Jackie Harrison, a spectator during some stretches of Tuesday's 4-0 win over East Meadow. "I thought about games and plays, how our team has done so far. The Cold Spring Harbor game."

And why not? It was that contest -- an overtime upset by Massapequa on Sept. 23 -- that was the springboard for its current run. And with Tuesday's victory over the longtime Nassau Conference I rival, the Chiefs have won eight straight.

Kelsey O'Brien scored twice and Nicole Scicutella had three assists in support of Harrison, who made two saves in her fifth shutout, and Massapequa improved to 8-2, 8-0.

"I loved it," the goalie said. "They were hustling and making sure the ball didn't get by certain points. And the offense took a lot of pressure off, especially scoring early."

Like 2:51 in, when O'Brien took a squib pass from Scicutella and tapped it in from close range. She struck again with 15:23 left in the first half, scooping a shot into the left corner. Lena Pollich scored off a feed from Kristin Yevoli, and Morgan Lukaszwicz added a goal with 9:40 remaining.

Kelly Ann Callahan made seven saves and Katie O'Neil had four for the Jets (3-5-1).

Meanwhile, on defense: "Our mentality was, 'Don't let them get in the circle,' " defender Laura Waldron said. 'Don't let them get past the 25 [-yard line].' "

They weren't quite that dominant, but the Chiefs seldom allowed East Meadow legitimate scoring opportunities.

"We have to keep our heads up," Jets coach Courtney Castle said. East Meadow, the 2008 champion, has been a perennial contender. "The playoffs are still a possibility and we have to finish strong."

Massapequa, the defending county champs, opened the season with two 1-0 non-league losses (granted, to Manhasset and Garden City), but then the Cold Spring Harbor game . . . "got the momentum going," O'Brien said. "It showed that we're here to compete."

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