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Juliana Klaum's goal gives South Side girls soccer victory

South Side teammates celebrate after a goal by

South Side teammates celebrate after a goal by Juliana Klaum gave them a 1-0 lead over Garden City with 5:59 remaining in the second half of a Nassau Conference AB-I varsity girls soccer game on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Credit: James Escher

That bitter feeling from last season was still on the minds of Juliana Klaum and Stephanie Leonardo.

For the South Side players, it wasn't easy watching their rival, Garden City, celebrate the 2013 county championship following penalty kicks.

This time around, in the Cyclones' first meeting with the Trojans since the county title game, Klaum and Leonardo decided to settle the score in regulation.

Klaum's goal in the 74th minute was assisted by Leonardo and was the eventual winner in the Cyclones' 1-0 road victory Thursday afternoon in the team's Conference A-I opener.

"I was so determined to score that goal," Klaum said. "I would not let them win today. We knew we had to shut them down."

The sequence that led to Klaum's goal started at midfield, where Leonardo won the ball on a tackle and quickly raced up field to find Klaum at the top of the box.

Klaum fought off a few defenders, before finding just enough open space to bury it into the left side of the net.

"I was very nervous. I didn't know what to do," Leonardo said. "It was a good ball and she got a nice foot on it. She knew how to control it. I'm just glad she was able to turn and take a perfect shot."

So was Cyclones coach Shannon McEntee.

"We were lucky enough to come out ahead on a beautiful finish," McEntee said. "The girls look forward to playing against them. It was a little more back and forth than what I would have liked."

South Side (1-0) was fortunate to have Kayla Klarides in net. The goalkeeper made one of her more important stops in the first half, negating a golden opportunity in the box for one of her seven total saves.

The Trojans' Amanda Volpe certainly had her moments as well, finishing with eight saves. But it was Klaum who came through when it mattered most.

"We didn't want to have that frustrating feeling again," Klaum said. "We had to do whatever it took."

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