The Hampton Bays girls soccer team capped off a successful season with a 2-1 victory over cross-town rival Southampton at home on October 23.
The Lady Baymen got off to a quick start when senior Trish Liotta found fellow senior Lexi Radziul charging down the field. Radziul went one-on-one with Southampton goalie Corin Vazquez and Radziul was able to score less than 20 seconds into the game. Early in the second half, Hampton Bays sophomore Laura Zaweski corralled a poor clearance by Southampton and was able to score in the 48th minute of the game to give the Lady Baymen a 2-0 lead. Southampton’s Margarita Trujillo scored on an assist from Jackie Minogue later in the game but Hampton Bays held on to its one-goal lead for the victory.
Hampton Bays called up eighth-grade goalie Colette Levine and she made 10 saves in the win. Hampton Bays head coach Rosie Haddock said Levine made three critical saves towards the end of the game that preserved the win.
The victory improved Hampton Bays to 6-3-1 in League VIII, 8-3-1 overall, while Southampton fell to 3-7 in league play, 4-8 overall.
According to Haddock, there has been talk of Section XI, the governing body of Suffolk County high school athletics, dissolving League VIII, which is a developmental league in girls soccer. It was created so struggling programs could improve and eventually go back to their respective leagues. Haddock is torn on whether or not she would agree with getting rid of League VIII.
“League VIII gives us nice, competitive games,” she said. “In the past, if we were in League VI, we would go up against teams where all of their girls play travel soccer. We have two girls who play travel soccer.
“So it’d be like going from a competitive season with no playoffs and building a program,” she continued, “to going back to a league where you’re losing games 5-0, 7-0, and not being competitive with no excitement for the younger kids.”
Liotta, Radziul, Katherine Medrano, Anyela Ordonez, Destiny DeLaCruz, Diana Angeles, Brianna Thompson and Emma Henry are all expected to graduate in June. Southampton will lose eight seniors—center midfielder Caroline Rumph, defenders Noelle Crough, Sarah Warren, Arlette Castro, and Alison O’Connor, midfielders Jen Leahy and Brittany Krezyzewski, and midfielder/goalie Corin Vazquez.