If Samantha Myers-Dineen could get a fingertip on the ball, Whitman’s season would live to see another day.
“It was intense because it was the first time all year we've had a shootout and although we practice them, it was kind of nerve racking,” Whitman coach Mike Moccia said. “But I felt pretty confident because we have a strong goalie.”
With the game tied at 1 after 110 minutes of soccer, Sammy Servedio, Taylor O'Toole, Alyssa Vallar and Annie Coleman converted the first four penalty kicks for Whitman. Myers-Dineen then made saves on West Babylon’s fourth and fifth shots to propel No. 15 Whitman over No. 18 West Babylon in a Suffolk Class AA girls soccer outbracket game.
“She kept us in it the whole game,” Moccia said of Myers-Dineen. “We got out shot in the second half and overtime. She made some key saves and got us to that point. I was confident that when we got to that point that she would win it for us.”
Marissa Esposito put West Babylon in front 1-0 in the first half. O’Toole then scored directly off a corner kick with 11 minutes remaining in the half to tie the game at 1.
Whitman (8-5-2) advances to the first round to play at No. 2 Northport Monday at 2:30 p.m. The Kristi Abbate and Rosy Hayes led Tigers have not lost since the season opener.
“We have to play an A+ game to beat them because they have crazy offensive threats on that team,” Moccia said. “But we have nothing to lose so we'll go in there, do our best and hope for the best."
Whitman’s win wasn’t the only outbracket thriller on Friday. All four games were still up for grabs in the final minutes.
In Sachem East, Laurie Semetsis scored the game-winning goal with 29 seconds left off a rebound and scramble in front of the net as No. 13 Sachem East (8-6-2) came from behind to defeat No. 20 Eastport-South Manor, 2-1. After trailing 1-0 at the half, Sachem East tied the game when ninth-grader Kayla Gansrow scored 19 minutes into the second half. Sachem East will play No. 4 West Islip in the first round.
In Connetquot, Dawn Hickey scored with just 3:00 remaining to break a scoreless tie and help the No. 14 Thunderbirds 's defeat No. 19 Patchogue-Medford. Alix Lopez had 12 saves in the win. Connetquot advances to play at No. 3 East Islip Monday at 2:30 p.m.
In North Babylon, Kelsey's Hart's goal in the fifth minute broke a scoreless tie and Jessica Eifert scored in the 75th minute to seal a 2-0 win for No. 16 North Babylon (9-7) over No. 17 Comsewogue (6-5-5). North Babylon visits No. 1 Ward Melville Monday at 2:30 p.m.