It was all on the table for Farmingdale – with one win, the opportunity to prove exactly what this 2012 group is capable of; to make itself a large blip on the national radar; to muzzle the mouths of any doubters – and the Dalers cleaned up.
Cassie Perettine scored the winner with 1:41 left as Farmingdale edged Garden City, 13-12, on Tuesday in a highly-anticipated non-league matchup.
With the score tied at 12, Perettine drove on her defender, spun inside to create separation, then fired. The ball was deflected by goalie Megan McDonald, Dalers coach Shari Campbell said, but it “kept rolling and trickled in.”
Farmingdale’s Amanda Turturro had tied it with 4:12 remaining.
“This win is huge for a lot of reasons,” Campbell said. “For our seniors, we haven't beaten Garden City since their freshman year (2009). That was the year we ran the table, went undefeated and were state champs. People are gonna say, ‘Garden City isn't the Garden City of old.’ But they’ve got that great, winning tradition and they are still a very good team. We went there and beat them.”
Farmingdale (10-0) twice rallied from deficits in the game. They tied it after falling behind 3-0, then the Trojans (8-4) went on a run to take an 8-3 lead into the half. “We started losing draws and, typical [Garden City], they capitalized and all of a sudden we’re down 5.”
At halftime, Campbell said, the coaches told the players to “be calm and relax; don’t doubt yourselves.” The Dalers were playing hard, Campbell said, and they simply needed to “get back to winning the draws and making good decisions.”
Check… and check.
Turturro, a junior, helped spark the comeback, scoring four of her career-high six goals in the second half. “We ran a lot of isolations for her and she exploited it,” Campbell said.
Colleen Reynolds, Kim Kolodny and Nadine Hadnagy each added two goals, and Olivia Kirk made 14 saves.
Campbell lauded the efforts of Kolodny, Reynlods, Perettine and defender Kaitlin Gaghan – seniors, whom she said, set a tone in practice and whose work ethic has influenced teammates.
Alexandra Bruno had seven goals and three assists, Catherine Dickinson two goals and two assists, and McDonald made eight saves for Garden City.
This technically wasn’t an upset, at least according to the LaxPower rankings. Farmingdale was ranked seventh and the Trojans 14th, having entered losing three of its last four. But, regardless of how the mathematics behind the rankings broke down, it’s still Garden City.
“It’s a huge confidence-booster,” Campbell said. “For some reason, Farmingdale flies under the radar and it takes a big game to remind people that, hey, we're still here… This sends some waves out there. Some people will double-take.”
This season, in some ways, is a little reminiscent of 2009 (yeah, I wasn’t covering then, but I’ve heard). Garden City, then in a bit of a transitional phase, lost four regular-season games before pulling it together for a state title run. Farmingdale, that year, went 17-0 and finished the season rated No. 1 in the country.
So, how far can this group go? “We have some senior leaders who are two-time state champs and these girls know what it takes to get where we want to go,” Campbell said. “I don't think it's arrogant to say I expect to play in the county championship and the Long Island championship. Then we'll take the rest as it comes.”