Massapequa's Melanie Hingher celebrates her first goal against West Islip...

Massapequa's Melanie Hingher celebrates her first goal against West Islip during the first half of the Long Island girls soccer Class AA final at Dowling Sports Complex on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Credit: Brad Penner

Rise up.

Not a whole lot of effort is required from Melanie Hingher to do so, considering she is 6-1 and towers over most opponents on the soccer field. But she came up big Saturday night, leading Massapequa to a 3-0 win over West Islip in the Class AA Southeast Regional final at Dowling Sports Complex.

"Putting two goals in the back of the net was the greatest feeling ever and I'm so excited I could do it with a great team," she said.

Before each playoff game this season, Hingher and her teammates made wrist bands out of pre-wrap and tape, and wrote inspirational messages on them.

One game it was, "Play for Her." A reminder to give everything they had for teammates. Once it was, "No Regrets." A reminder to play as if was their last game. Saturday night it was, "Rise Up." A reminder to deliver in big moments.

Hingher, a defender, did just that. In all of 75 seconds she scored two goals, which is just one shy of her season total.

She angled in a rebound with 25:05 left in the first half to open the scoring, then scored on a header off a corner kick with 23:50 left.

After a scramble in front, Meghan McCabe chipped in a rebound to increase Massapequa's lead to 3-0 with 20:13 left to seal the Chiefs' second straight Long Island championship. Now they seek a second straight state title.

"We have a bigger objective and we have to step up and deliver on that," McCabe said. "That's our goal."

Cali Loeffler made six saves for West Islip (14-4-2).

Massapequa (15-1-3) plays in a Class AA state semifinal at Tompkins Cortland Community College at noon on Saturday.

"This is amazing," Hingher said. "The whole team rose up today."

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