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Nassau girls soccer: Top 2011 postseason moments #5-1

South Side's team poses with the championship plaque

South Side's team poses with the championship plaque after winning the Class A final. (Nov. 20, 2011) Credit: Pat Orr

5. Gandolfo, Calhoun down the Dalers: Kristina Gandolfo put on a show in the Class AA quarterfinals against top-seeded Farmingdale. The county’s leading scorer blew past the Dalers defense for her first goal and beat a defender to a 50-50 ball to score the game-winner 1:13 into the first overtime for Calhoun to pull off the upset..

4. Holy Foley: The Calhoun offense was hand-cuffed all game long by Mepham’s defense but suddenly Jessica Foley slid past the Pirates backs and tied the game in the final minute of regulation and sent the game to overtime. The Colts were awarded a PK which Mary Hijazi buried for the winning goal.

3. Beyar blast keeps South Side alive: It looked like South Side’s season was coming to an end. Trailing in the final moments of the second overtime against Division in the county finals the Cyclones had a free kick from over 30 yards out. South Side scrambled to get up field as Julie Beyar set the ball and the senior defender blasted in the game-tying goal to prolong South Side’s season. Meaghan Hines scored the game-winner in triple OT.

2. MacArthur rallies: A 56-second span changed the course of MacArthur’s season. Katie Gerdes scored on a header to tie the game and then assisted on Arianna Montefusco’s game-winner in the final minutes as the Generals came back to win in the state semifinals.

1. Oh my Ford: Katie Ford came off the bench to replace an injured Christina Klaum with two minutes left in the fourth overtime. Less than a minute later Ford came up with the biggest goal of her life as she rushed to a bouncing ball at the top of the box, leaped into the air and headed the ball over the goalkeeper to give South Side its 16th state championship.

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