It was a good week for the Hampton Bays girls soccer team.
The Lady Baymen won three consecutive games, starting with a 2-1 win at rival Southampton on October 1. They followed that up the following day with a 4-0 shutout at Amityville, and won another nail-biter on Monday, edging Central Islip, 2-1, at home.
Hampton Bays improved to 4-2-1 in League VIII, 5-2-1 overall, good enough for third place out of six teams.
The Lady Baymen exacted revenge in the win over Central Islip (4-2, 4-4-1), the second place team, avenging a 2-0 loss to the Lady Buccaneers earlier in the season. Hampton Bays struck early, going up 1-0 in the first five minutes of the game when Emma Henry scored off an assist from Lexi Radziul. The Lady Baymen added to their lead right before halftime when Brianna Thompson headed the ball into the net during a corner kick that was started by M.K. Hilton. Hannah Reed made 10 saves in the win for the Lady Baymen.
Hampton Bays coach Rosie Haddock said she was happier with her team’s effort in the most recent battle with Central Islip.
“I think they were definitely more upbeat this time,” she said. “We came out ready to score. Last time, we played a little scared on their turf, but this time we were on our brand new field at home and had plenty of supporters.”
Against last-place Amityville (0-8, 1-9), Hampton Bays had a slim 1-0 halftime, off a goal from Laura Zaweski, but picked it up in the second half by netting three goals. Radziul, Henry and Trish Liotta all scored in the second half. Thompson and Hilton each had an assist.
“In the second half, we played with more urgency,” Haddock said. “I think after halftime they realized that you can’t take any team lightly. You have to go out and play like every team is the best team in the league.”
Hampton Bays faced a 1-0 deficit in its battle with Southampton back on October 1, but a lineup change at halftime made all the difference, according to Haddock. The Lady Baymen went from playing with just two forwards in the first half to three in the second half, which amped up the offense.
Radziul tied the game off an assist from Sarah Jiudice, and Henry scored the winner off an assist from Hilton with seven minutes left in the game. Reed made 10 saves.
“I think in the first half, we came out flat,” Haddock said. “It was a night game, and it was [Southampton’s] ‘Kicks for Cancer’ game. Emotions were running high because of that, and because it’s Southampton.”
The Lady Baymen have four games left—three in League VIII—and Haddock said they hope to run the table for the remainder of the season. It’s not an unrealistic goal even though the Lady Baymen will visit first-place William Floyd on Friday at 4 p.m., a team they lost to 1-0 the first time around. Hampton Bays will visit East Hampton, winless in League VI, for a non-league game on Saturday, October 12, at 11 a.m., before hosting Copiague on Tuesday, October 15, at 7 p.m. The Lady Baymen tied Copiague in their first meeting. The season will conclude with a home game against Southampton at 6 p.m. on October 23, which will be Senior Night at Hampton Bays.
The Lady Mariners followed their 2-1 loss to Hampton Bays with a 4-0 shutout of Copiague on October 3 at home. Head coach Jen Obert gave credit to her defense for the win.
“Sarah Warren, Ali O’Connor and Delaney Jones did an excellent job of keeping them scoreless,” she said. “Corin Vazquez had only five shots taken on her all game and made five saves.”
Southampton’s goals were scored by Sita Kadash and Margarita Trujillo, who had a hat trick. Trujillo, Charlotte Ramgopal, Julia Dudley and Valeria Morales had assists.
In the loss to Hampton Bays, Obert said her team was hampered by the loss of Noelle Crough, who was unable to play in the second half due to a nagging knee injury.
“Once we lost Noelle, we knew it would be challenging to keep Hampton Bays from scoring,” Obert said. “Noelle’s big kick clears the ball and changes the momentum of the game. Without her, Hampton Bays took advantage of a defense who is missing two of what has come to be known as ‘The Fab Four’—Crough, Sarah Warren, Castro, O’Connor. Arlette Castro has been out with an injury, but will return this week.”
Caroline Rumph scored the first goal of the game off of an assist from Dudley.
In a 4-0 win over Amityville back on September 30, Rumph scored a hat trick and Trujillo had a goal.
Southampton was scheduled to host Floyd on Wednesday, October 9, at 4:30 p.m. and will travel to Westhampton for a non-league game on Thursday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Mariners will visit Central Islip on Wednesday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. and will conclude the season at Hampton Bays on Wednesday, October 23, at 6 p.m.