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Friday, August 22, 2014
Late goal lifts Rockin' Mules to 5-1
Steven Ryan/Herald
Malverne/East Rockaway's Jessica Cerasoli delivers a pass during the first half of a 2-1 victory at Lawrence last Saturday.

After a season that saw Malverne/East Rockaway pick up just four conference victories, the Lady Rockin’ Mules have already eclipsed that mark at the halfway point of the 2012 soccer season. 

Karina Alvarado’s goal with just 2:14 to play gave Malverne/East Rockaway a 2-1 road victory at Lawrence last Saturday. With the win, the team improved to 5-1 in Conference A-IV. Junior Joseline Jimenez scored her third goal of the season for Lawrence’s only tally.

Malverne/East Rockaway carried the play for much of the first half, but neither team was able to create many scoring opportunities. With less than six minutes to play in the opening half, the Lady Rockin’ Mules got on the scoreboard when Rachael Putelo found the back of the net off a corner kick from sophomore Jaelyn Chinchilla.

It appeared Malverne/East Rockaway would take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break, but Jimenez evened things up with just 1:17 remaining in the half.  

As time wound down in the second half, Lawrence (1-3) was more than willing to play for the tie, but an errant kick put the ball on Alvarado’s foot, and the senior forward easily put the ball past keeper Nicole Robinson for the game winner.

Head coach Joe Lores likes the way his team is playing. “The girls have good chemistry and are playing like a cohesive unit,” Lores said. “They’re never too high and never too low. Our experience is paying off. The girls are doing a terrific job.”

Defense has been the biggest key. The Rockin’ Mules give up few scoring opportunities and first-year keeper Liz Wilson typically faces just a handful of shots. Malverne/East Rockaway has posted four shutouts. Senior sweeper Jessica Deptulski, a four-year varsity performer, leads an experienced, talented defensive unit. Junior Danielle Beauchesne and sophomore Abby Blessington round out a solid back line that has yielded just five goals in six games.

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