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Keri Cavallo's 2 goals, assist lead South Side

South Side's Keri Cavallo begins a run at

South Side's Keri Cavallo begins a run at midfield in the first half. (Sept. 17, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

So Christina Klaum and Keri Cavallo have this whole Batman and Robin thing going on. Problem is, sometimes it's hard to tell which one is which.

Logic dictates that Klaum, as the senior and reigning Newsday player of the year, is Batman, and most times she is. But in the dynamic duo's latest adventure, it was Cavallo who played the role of leading lady and Klaum the sidekick, albeit a very overqualified one.

Cavallo, who was selected first-team All-Long Island as a sophomore last season, scored two goals and added an assist to lift South Side to a 5-0 win over Cold Spring Harbor Tuesday in Conference A-I.

"It definitely motivates me to follow in her footsteps,'' Cavallo said of playing alongside Klaum. "We complement each other. We need to keep finding each other and playing like we did today.''

The two looked like superheroes when they combined for the first goal of the game. Both charged down the middle of the box, where Klaum sent a short cross to Cavallo, who spun her defender, then began to fall. On her way down, she managed to get a foot on the ball and placed it just inside the near post to give South Side a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

"We are always looking for each other," Klaum said. "We are similar in style and we see the field the same way. She may be a little better at one-on-ones."

Jess Hawley later played a ball over the top to Cavallo, who eluded her defender down the right wing and angled a shot into the net for a 2-0 lead with 37:49 left. It was the first of four South Side goals in just over seven minutes.

Hawley scored on a perfectly placed free kick from nearly 30 yards with 35:51 to go. Kayla Hospodka knocked in a rebound a little more than four minutes later. Stephanie Leonardo found the back of the net a mere 51 seconds later to cap the scoring for the Cyclones (1-0-1).

The balanced scoring shows that South Side has plenty of weapons. But early on, it was Cavallo in particular who helped save the day.

"As a senior, Christina may get a little more of the spotlight,'' South Side coach Shannon McEntee said. "But I have complete faith that everyone knows exactly who Keri is.''

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