Lady Bonackers Soccer Improves To 2-0; Southampton Plays Well Despite Missing Key Players

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The East Hampton girls soccer team improved to 2-0 in non-league games with a 3-0 shutout of Southampton (League VIII) on Friday. The Lady Bonackers scored all three goals in the first half, with Rachel Harty opening the scoring in the 12th minute. Karen Vega had the second goal, and Ashley Rojas provided what would be the final margin with three minutes left in the first half. Harty, Amanda Seekamp and Shannon Lamprecht all had assists. Francesca Schelfhout made five saves and Lexi Jones made two as they combined for the shutout. Southampton’s Valeria Morales made nine saves and Corin Vasquez made three.

East Hampton head coach Mike Vitulli said he’s been very happy with the play of Harty, a senior forward/midfielder who had a total of two goals and two assists in both the win over Southampton and a 3-0 win over Pierson on September 9. He said seniors Seekamp, Rojas, Lamprecht and Erika Gomez have also been playing “extremely well.”

Southampton, meanwhile, came into the game with the Lady Bonackers just a day after a tough 4-3 loss to Copiague in a League VIII contest. Freshman forward Margarita Trujillo tied the game at 3-3 when she chipped the ball over the goalie’s head, but Copiague scored the winner when Maya Jones put the ball in the net with 20 minutes left in the game. Senior Arlette Castro had scored the first two goals for the Lady Mariners, both off-corner kicks started by senior center midfielder Caroline Rumph.

Vasquez was playing in goal for the first time in that contest, in place of Morales, who was nursing an injury.

Southampton was missing key starters Noelle Crough and Alison O’Connor, both senior defenders, and head coach Jen Obert said they were missed.

“A few players were out of position but stepped up to help the team out,” she said. “Kit Ramgopal played defense to ease the burden from Crough and O’Connor being absent. And Caroline Rumph played a solid central midfield. It was a game we should have won, but given the circumstances, we played very well.”

Obert added that fatigue from the Copiague loss may have been a factor, particularly early in the game, against East Hampton.

“We got off to a weak start and gave up three goals in the first half due to timid play,” she said. “During the second half we looked much better, stepping in front of East Hampton and being first to the ball.”

Junior defender Delaney Jones started at sweeper in place of Crough, and Obert said she did a great job in both the loss to East Hampton and loss to Copiague.

ON THE SCHEDULE: East Hampton—Wednesday, 9/18, at Glenn, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 9/20, vs. Mount Sinai, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 9/24, at Miller Place, 4:30 p.m. Southampton—Thursday, 9/19, at Floyd, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 9/24, at Amityville, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 9/25, vs. Central Islip, 4:30 p.m.

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