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Massapequa, St. Anthony's play to 1-1 tie

St. Anthony's Francesca Piccicci battles Massapequa's Sara Mangialardi

St. Anthony's Francesca Piccicci battles Massapequa's Sara Mangialardi on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Drumroll, please.

The best girls soccer team on Long Island is . . .

To be determined.

This was the game that was supposed to provide an answer to that question. But after 80 minutes of soccer, it's still hard to say since Massapequa and St. Anthony's played to a 1-1 tie Saturday at John J. Burns Park.

Skylar Vitiello sent a through ball over the top of the defense to Kristen Bischoff, who gathered the ball about 45 yards away from the net. She beat a central defender and buried the ball in the right corner of the net to give Massapequa (11-1-2) a 1-0 lead 40 seconds in.

During a scramble in front of the net, Kaitlin Loughren's header was deflected in as St. Anthony's evened the score at 1 with five minutes left in the half.

"I'm a little disappointed but both teams played well and they're a strong team," St. Anthony's coach Dave Prutting said. "We had our opportunities. We did all of the things we should have done outside of the first 40 seconds."

Francesca Venezia created numerous scoring chances as the Friars outshot the Chiefs. But a strong defensive performance by Massapequa's backline of Melanie Hingher, Meghan McCabe, Maggie Shanley and Bianca Furci limited the damage. Cara Gallagher made eight saves, including one stop that she punched over the crossbar with 15 minutes left.

Kelly DiGregorio made six saves for St. Anthony's (14-0-1).

"I would say it was a fair and just result for both teams," Massapequa coach Bruce Stegner said. "Their quickness and passing is something we don't always see. It prepares us for the way we want to play in the playoffs and states . . . I'd have to believe these are the two best teams on Long Island."

As for which one is better, check back after their state tournaments.


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