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Fuduli sisters combine for tiebreaking goal as East Meadow beats Oceanside

East Meadow's Isabella Fuduli celebrates scoring what would

East Meadow's Isabella Fuduli celebrates scoring what would be the winning goalin overtime against Oceanside on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

As big sisters tend to do, Isabella Fuduli yelled at her little sister.

But this wasn't a "Get out of my room!" type of sisterly yelling. It was a "Send me the ball!" type.

And as little sisters tend to do, Vittoria Fuduli listened to her big sister.

Vittoria, a freshman, sent the ball over the top of the defense to Isabella, a senior, who scored the winning goal in overtime Wednesday to give East Meadow a 2-1 win over Oceanside in the Class AA quarterfinals.

"I heard Bella screaming my name to play it over," Vittoria said. "So I did, and she finished it."

Not at first. Vittoria sent a free kick over the defense to Isabella, whose header hit the post just as she tripped and fell to the ground. She got back to her feet and fired in the rebound, giving East Meadow a 2-1 lead with 4:51 remaining in the first overtime.

"I saw the ball come back out," she said, "so I had to get up quickly and make sure that I put it in."

Nina Abate's header off a corner by Toula DeLeon gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.

Risa Zucker later sent a cross to Julia Duffy, whose header evened the score with 18:25 remaining for No. 7 Oceanside.

Alyssa Fama made 10 saves for East Meadow, including a leaping stop on a chip shot early in overtime.

No. 2 East Meadow plays No. 6 Hicksville in the semifinals on Saturday at Farmingdale.

"Getting to the semis and hopefully the finals is amazing," Isabella said. "Me and Vittoria have had an exciting season playing together."

As sisters who combine for winning goals tend to do.


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