After having her junior season cut short with a torn ACL, Syosset’s Lauryn Shin was determined to return to the field as strong as ever.
“I just worked hard, went to [physical therapy] every single day, got my fitness back up and kept working on my foot skills,” Shin said. “And I came into the season ready to go.”
That hard work paid off as the Syosset striker scored her eighth goal of the season to give the No. 5 Braves a two-goal lead in a 2-1 victory over host No. 4 East Meadow in a Nassau AA girls soccer quarterfinal game Tuesday.
Shin took a pass from Camryn Monfort and dribbled through two defenders, putting the shot on net with 27:43 remaining in the game.
“When Lauryn plays now, there’s no hesitation,” coach Joe Marchetta said. “It’s like the injury never happened.”
Rachel Rosenberg wasted little time getting Syosset on the scoreboard, bending a corner kick directly into the net 90 seconds into the match to take a 1-0 lead, even surprising herself seeing the ball go in the net. But that goal helped the Braves settle in.
“I think it brought up our momentum in the game,” Rosenberg said. “The early goal really kept the momentum of our team going throughout the first half and onward.”
Rosenberg, a member of the back line that includes Kaitlyn Shin, Melina Bruzzone and Kendall Halpern, continued looking for Shin throughout the game saying, “You can always rely on Lauryn to get that ball.”
Syosset didn’t win its first game of the season until its final regular season contest playing in Nassau AA-I — the top, ability-based conference in the county. But the Braves improved to 3-5-4 overall with two playoff wins.
And next will be a matchup with the three-time defending state champion and top-seed Massapequa Chiefs Friday at Cold Spring Harbor High School at 4 p.m. The Braves look forward to the challenge to dethrone the Chiefs.
“Massapequa’s a tough team,” Shin said, “but I think if we prepare right, keep going with the momentum we’re going, we can upset Massapequa.”
Added Rosenberg, “We’re going to show them what we’ve been working for.”