Smithtown Christian senior Christina Casamassina will call Stony Brook her home next fall, but she showed little mercy on the local varsity girls soccer team that she will share the town with.
She did however show Stony Brook spectators exactly what will soon be coming to a town near them. It was performances like her three goal game in yesterday’s 4-0 win over Stony Brook in League VIII that earned Casamassina, one of the most prolific goal scorers in Long Island, a scholarship to Stony Brook University. Any remorse that her latest hat trick came at the expense of her future hometown team?
"No," Casamassina said, "it felt kind of good."
After Dominique Jack used some fancy footwork to elude the defender and score 4:28 into the game, Casamassina scored from 20 yards out straightaway to gave Smithtown Christian (8-0) a 2-0 lead.
Casamassina later found herself all alone in the middle of the box after a throw-in for an easy goal 6:51 into the second half for her sixth multi-goal game of the season.
Her final goal, completing her third hat trick of the season, came with 16:38 remaining in the game after Casmassina dribbled down the center of the field, fired from just outside the box and slipped the ball inside the near post to provide the final margin in a statement game against the defending Class C state champions.
"We played harder out there than we have the whole year so far," Casamassina said. "I think because we knew it was going to be the biggest game of the year so we gave it all we had."
Luckily for Stony Brook they won't see Casamassina again until she is donning Seawolves red.
"Stony Brook is getting a great player," Smithtown Christian coach Steven Chandler said. "She has great field sense. She has great touch of the ball, great moves. I'm going to miss her. (Stony Brook womens soccer coach) Sue Ryan better take care of her."
Smithtown Christian freshman keeper Hannah Steffens had 16 saves, and some help from the crossbar after Michelle Hennessy's strike from 40 yards out drew metal with 14:45 left in the half, in her third shutout of the season.
A shorthanded Stony Brook (7-2) was so depleted due to injury that first-team all-state senior keeper Danielle Pappas, who had 18 saves, was removed from goal late in the second half and moved to striker for the first time in hope of providing some much needed offense. But it remains a key win for Smithtown Christian, who are coming off a trip to the state tournament themselves.
"We are playing well and getting stronger,” Chandler said. “We want to get back to states again and this time we want to take something back with us."