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Mary O'Hara scores winner to give Islip a 2-1 win over Glenn in Class A county final

The Islip girls varsity soccer team mob their

The Islip girls varsity soccer team mob their goalie after the game at the Suffolk Girls Class A soccer finals on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Mary O'Hara, you asked for it!

With a county title on the line, O'Hara asked her coach to play forward for the first time all season.

"I knew I could make something happen, so I asked," said O'Hara, a midfielder. "I was like, 'Come on!' And he said five minutes. Five minutes turned into 20."

Ask and you shall receive. O'Hara stole the ball, raced downfield and chipped the winning goal over the keeper with 6:44 remaining Wednesday to lift top-seeded Islip to a 2-1 win over No. 3 Glenn in the Suffolk Class A county final at Dowling.

"I looked into her eyes when she asked me and I said, 'Alright, go do it,' '' Islip coach Mike Reilly said. "She changed the game."

After Amanda Emmerich scored with 6:39 left in the half to give Glenn a 1-0 lead, Islip needed a spark. Or better yet, a Sparks.

Alyssa Sparks -- whose older sister, Lauren, was a postseason standout for Islip in 2011, and whose other older sister, Lyndsey Sparks, is a forward this year -- served a perfect free kick from the right wing into the box. Ali Bondi, a defender, flicked in a header for her first goal of the season, pulling Islip even with 22:29 left.

"I guess you could say I'm a little jealous," Lyndsey Sparks said with a laugh of her sister's assist. "But I love her to death."

Added Bondi: "There was no other option but putting it in the back of the net."

Islip (11-2-1) plays Garden City in the Long Island championship Saturday at 5 p.m. at Adelphi. Perhaps O'Hara will ask to play forward.

"Big players come up big in big moments," Reilly said. "And that's what Mary did."

Couldn't ask for more.

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