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Jillian Colucci’s three goals lead Port Jefferson over Babylon

Port Jefferson's Brittany Fazin (2) dribbles the ball

Port Jefferson's Brittany Fazin (2) dribbles the ball during a game against Babylon at Babylon High School on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Credit: Richard T. Slattery

The only thing that didn’t seem to go Port Jefferson’s way in Thursday’s girls soccer game was the clock and a whistle.

With time running out in the first half, Jillian Colucci beat two defenders near the sideline and found Grace Swords, who quickly passed to Brittany Fazin in the middle of the 18-yard box. Fazin ripped a shot to the lower left corner of the net, but the whistle blew a split-second before the ball passed the goal line and the score was nullified because time had expired.

“I was so mad,” Fazin said. “ . . . We worked so hard and then it didn’t count, but I think we did really well as a team on that play.”

Stewing over the play at halftime, Fazin was determined to get redemption in the second half, and it didn’t take her long. She scored on a breakaway less than four minutes into the period off a pass from Colucci to give Port Jefferson a three-goal lead in its 6-2 Suffolk VII victory over Babylon yesterday at Babylon High School.

“I found the perfect open space to run to and she found me,” Fazin said. “I just tried to stay calm, look up and make sure I know where I’m going and just pass it to the corner.”

Port Jefferson, which hasn’t lost a game in Suffolk VII since 2013 and won the state Class C title last year, opened the scoring when Clare O’Connor found Colucci on a cross in front of the net for her first of three goals. O’Connor added a goal and three assists.

“I’ve always just loved helping people score,” O’Connor said. “I’ll look to pass more than I will shoot.”

Swords scored the second goal of the game as Port Jefferson took a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Royals weren’t satisfied with their first-half performance but picked up the play in the second half.

“Babylon is always our rival and our biggest competition, so we came in and we told ourselves that this is a playoff game,” Colucci said. “This is a big game and we knew we had to play hard and not take this game lightly.”

Val Velez and Sarah Stark scored Babylon’s goals and Kathryn Disanti had 13 saves.


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