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Hayes, Northport advance to semis

Rosy Hayes displayed finesse and power as she scored both goals for No. 2 Northport which defeated No. 10 Kings Park, 2-1, in a Suffolk Class AA girls soccer quarterfinal Wednesday at Veterans Park in Northport.

“Having her up top she creates and I think the girls look for her because she can turn and shoot so quickly,” Northport coach Aija Gipp said of Hayes. “She’s just been on fire lately.”

Hayes received a through pass on the right side of the 18-yard box from Kristi Abbate and shot the ball inside the left post from 10 yards out to put the Tigers (14-1-1) on the board in the 32nd minute.

“Kristi beat a player down the line and cut it back. I called for the ball and she slipped it right to me,” Hayes said. “I collected it and quickly tried to finish it so I didn’t get hit or [let the ball] get cleared. I looked up and saw the goalie was on the right side of the goal so I slipped it in to the left.”

The Tigers pushed the tempo after taking the lead and gave Hayes another scoring chance just over two minutes later. Aaliya Ingram beat a Kings Park defender and passed the ball off to Hayes who fired a laser from more than 30 yards out

“I took a touch and everyone was screaming ‘shoot it!’ so I just instantly shot it,” said Hayes, a Loyola commit. “I looked up and tried to place it low in the corner.”

Jessica Rom made a point blank save in the 49th minute to preserve Northport’s two-goal lead but Kings Park did not go down without a fight.

Marjorie Duffel scored 14th goal off the season when she tapped in a rebound with 19:57 left and gave Kings Park life. Kings Park (12-4-2) nearly tied the game moments later but could not connect on a header.

Rom made six saves for the Tigers and Carley Grecco made four saves for Kings Park.

The Tigers host No. 11 Sachem North in the semifinals Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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