Junior forward Casey Luongo scored twice in the second half to lead top-seeded Center Moriches to a 4-0 victory over No. 2 Babylon Saturday night in the Suffolk Class B girls soccer final at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.
"We are so excited to be Suffolk County champions," Center Moriches coach Sara Sullivan said. "The girls did an outstanding job and I am very proud of them."
Center Moriches, which scored all of its goals in the second half, improved to 14-1-1 and will face the winner of the Carle Place-Wheatley game in the Long Island Class B final next Saturday at 3 p.m. at Adelphi University. Babylon finished 12-4-1.
Luongo, who has scored a Long Island-leading 29 goals, got the Red Devils on the board with 35:46 left off an assist from freshman Anna Ricci.
Luongo added her second goal with 17:17 left off a pass from senior Janine Ratti.
After sitting out all of last season with a torn ACL, Luongo was determined to get back on the field this season.
"I set a goal for myself to become the No. 1 goal scorer on Long Island this year," Luongo said. "It was hard sitting out last year, but I came back stronger than ever and it feels great."
Her coach was feeling pretty good about Luongo's comeback, too. "She's that player that every coach dreams about," Sullivan said.
Just 36 seconds after Luongo's second goal, junior midfielder Paige Volkmann tacked on another goal, off a pass from senior midfielder Catherine Nolan for a 3-0 lead.
With 3:57 remaining, Nolan recorded a goal of her own, off of a through ball from Ratti to secure the Suffolk Class B Championship for Center Moriches.
Megan Ricci made nine saves in the shutout.
"I always say to the girls that we need to play [our game]," Sullivan said. "It's not about the opponent. It's about what we have to do."