Hoon, Bishop, Coley-Bishop lead Sayville to 'A' title
With a pair of Bishops on the defensive, just as they might be on a chess board, Madison Hoon served as the queen, free to roam and penetrate into enemy territory.
After two goals from Hoon and a dominant defensive performance led by fellow sophomores Samantha Bishop and keeper Olivia Coley-Bishop, it was checkmate for No. 1 Sayville, which defeated No. 2 Islip, 4-0, Wednesday in the Suffolk Class A girls soccer championship at Dowling Athletic Complex.
"When you bring young kids up, sophomores to the varsity, you hope they can contribute, but our sophomore class was an integral part of our team," Sayville coach Joe Nasta said. "We wouldn't be here doing this right now without them."
Hoon scored just 1:34 into the game after firing past a challenging keeper during a scramble in front of the net. Less than two minutes later, Dariann Sellitti dribbled into the box and fired into the back of the net to give Sayville (17-1) a 2-0 lead.
Hoon and Sayville struck even earlier in the second half after Emily Meier sent a chip pass to Amanda Famularo, who crossed it to Hoon for a one-touch into the net just 1:15 in. Kelly Santangelo then capped the scoring with a goal on a free kick from 35 yards with 28:08 remaining.
"Everybody helped out, it was everybody's doing," Hoon said. "We're all very talented and everybody brings something different to the game."
Bishop drew the unenviable assignment of shadowing Player of the Year Katie Hyland of Islip (8-8-2). Coley-Bishop made seven saves, none better than a full extension deflection on a free kick by Amanda Buck, in her 13th shutout in 16 games.
"We are all really close," Bishop said. "We know each other so well that we have such great team chemistry."
Sayville - which won its first county championship since 1999, according to Nasta - will look to capture the king, in this case the Long Island championship, against Garden City at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Dowling.
"We had a great season but we weren't sure how far we were going to go," Nasta said. "It's another step and we're still playing."