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Postgame: Sayville vs. Miller Place

Sayville's Madison Hoon (4) controls the pass in

Sayville's Madison Hoon (4) controls the pass in front of Miller Place's Kara Patrovic (14) in the first half. (Oct. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

More postgame reaction from Sayville’s 4-1 win over Miller Place on Monday:

The Golden Flashes’ balance and depth was on display as they got goals from four different players - Julianne Johnston, Amanda Famularo, Amber Petrillo and Amy Gromling - three of which aren’t regular starters. Strong games from Madison Hoon (pictured), Jacqueline Christensen and Elizabeth Koehler distributing the ball. Another solid defensive performance from Samantha Bishop and Olivia Coley-Bishop, who had five saves.

Miller Place held its own in the first half, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Kayla Ceschini, who is second in the county in goals with 11. Young keeper Danielle Bambola had 10 saves, including some nice diving stops on a barrage of Sayville shots early in the second half to keep Miller Place in the game.

But Sayville pulled away to hand Miller Place its first league loss of the season. The Golden Flashes took over sole possession of first place in League VI and continue to establish themselves as the favorite in Class A.

SAMANTHA BISHOP

On the win over Miller Place:
“We were kind of nervous about this game. They were definitely our toughest competition so far. I think even though we had a slow start, we really settled down and got our chemistry going and did good.”

On defending Miller Place’s Ceschini:
“We would make sure that if she traveled to the right side, we’d have the right defender mark man-on and play tigher with her instead of the area. And when she switched to the left side, we did the same thing. We always made sure we knew where she was.”

On this year’s team compared to last year’s team:
“We’re a young team. We lost Dari and Kelly (Dariann Sellitti and Kelly Santangelo) and that’s definitely a big loss. But I think that a lot of people are stepping up this year and filling in those spaces from the players who left. So we should be back to where we were last year or even better.”

AMBER PETRILLO

On the win over Miller Place:
“It feels great because they were our toughest match yet but we stuck it out.”

On her goal:
“Madison Hoon crossed the ball and I just flicked it right in.”

On this year’s team compared to last year’s team:
“Last year, we were really great but we lost some main players. This year, we have the girls to play just as well and I think we are going to do great.”

AMANDA FAMULARO

On her goal:
“It kind of just went up in the air and fell in. At first we weren’t really positive if it went in. It definitely did but we were confused at first.”

On the win over Miller Place:
“I think we definitely sent a message to other teams that we really want to go far this year.”

On this year’s team compared to last year’s team:
“We definitely lost probably our top two players but we are making up for it with our freshman and sophomores. We’re really strong.”

JULIANNE JOHNSTON:

On her goal:
“I got a ball form center-mid and just kind of turned and placed it into the right low corner.”

On the win over Miller Place:
“A team like this is so good so winning this game was really important for us.”

On joining such a talented team as a freshman:
“You’re a little nervous because you don’t know if you’ll be as good as everyone. But they are so accepting and we’re a great team…We’ve got strong players all around the field.”

AMY GROMLING

On her goal:
“It was a header from Jules, it just came to my feet, I turned to shoot and scored.”

On the win over Miller Place:
“We’ve been working really hard for this and we knew they were going to be our biggest competition. We were ready and we did good.

On this year’s team compared to last year’s team:
“Last year we lost a good amount of vital players but this year we are still very good.” 

COACH JOE NASTA

On Sayville’s depth:
“We have some very good players and a lot of depth. I could swap some kids in and out and not seem to lose momentum or really anything on the field. That’s a great benefit for us. We have a couple of kids who are “goal scorers “ for us but they aren’t scoring all the goals and that’s a luxury we have. I’ve got a big roster and I’m able to play almost all of them, and they all contribute.”

On trailing 1-0:
“We were down in Connetquot, they scored first but we came back to win. But in league, it’s the first time and it was sort of a wake-up for us. It’s good that we were able to regroup and sort of take control of the game. We were a little sloppy in the beginning, they had another chance even before the goal where they had a chance and hit it wide. It was a scary moment for us but again the kids didn’t panic, they just relaxed and knew if they played their game it would come.”

On if this year’s team is better than last year’s team:
“I’m not going to say that. Last year we had a couple of marquee players that were our leaders. They are both playing big time Division I now. This year we have some very good players, but we just have more depth and I swap them in and out of different positions, and they all can do that. It’s a very versatile mix of players. In that sense, yea, we’re probably a little better than last year. Overall, it all comes down to the last game of the year. But it’s a good group and they all contribute."
 

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