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Suffolk girls soccer: Top 10 moments of the 2011 postseason, #5-1

Islip's Lauren Sparks (6) heads the ball past

Islip's Lauren Sparks (6) heads the ball past Bayport keeper Erica Friel to tie the score at 2-2 with 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation. (Nov. 9, 2011) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Top 10 countdown, started here on Tuesday, concludes with the top five moments of the 2011 Suffolk girls soccer postseason ...

5. Northport’s one-goal thrillers: Aaliya Ingram ignited Northport’s run to the county championship game by scoring the winning goal with 7:06 remaining in the second overtime to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over No. 15 Whitman in the first round. In the quarterfinals, Rosy Hayes scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Kings Park. Three days later in the semifinals, Cortney Fortunato scored the winning goal off a feed from Hayes with 5:32 remaining in a 1-0 win over Sachem North to propel the Tigers to the county title game.

4. Arestivo’s crystal ball: St. Anthony’s Sydney Arestivo predicted she would score a goal against Kellenberg and that the Friars would go on to win the state title. Both came true. Arestivo scored the lone goal against top-seeded Kellenberg with 10:35 remaining in a 1-0 win. St. Anthony’s advanced to the state tournament, which was held on their home field, and went on to beat Nichols, 4-0, behind two goals from Reanna Marino to capture the state title.

3. Santoro, Islip shock Sayville: Sayville entered the county semifinal game against Islip as the overwhelming favorite to win the county with a record of 17-0. Then they ran into Islip, a team that got healthy and peaked at the perfect time of the season. Morgan Santoro scored on a free kick 7:34 into the game and keeper Tara Mackey and the Islip defense withstood a barrage of shots from the Golden Flashes in the second half to hold on for the 1-0 win and the biggest upset of the soccer season en route to a county championship.

2. Ramos blanks Northport for county title: Shutouts had become quite common for Ward Melville keeper Ally Ramos and the Jordan Porretto and Adrianna Morra-led defense. But it was the 13th shutout of the season, against the vaunted Northport attack with county supremacy on the line, that took the program to new heights. Ramos made 15 saves and Tara O’Hern provided the winner 9:36 into the game as the Patriots beat the Tigers, 1-0, to capture the first county title in school history.

1. Sparks lights a spark for Islip: The award for best moment of the season goes to…..Morgan Santoro and Lauren Sparks. With Islip trailing by a goal in the closing seconds of the Class A championship game, a desperate shot was deflected out of bounds and the countdown to a county title was seemingly on for Bayport-Blue Point. But Santoro kept composed, sent in a perfect corner kick that Sparks headed in with just 2.5 seconds left to tie the game at 2 (pictured above, Sparks on far right). Don't think it was the moment of the year?  Check the highlights and you'll be convinced.  In the second sudden death overtime, Santoro sent in a free kick from 40 yards out that got behind the keeper and was knocked in by Dominique Capolongo to give Islip a 3-2 win for the county championship. 

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