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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Lady Sailors in win column
Ron Manfredi/Herald
Oceanside's Julia Duffy, right, found the net twice in a 3-2 defeat to Conference AA-I rival Mepham on Sept. 12.

After two losses and a tie in its first three games, Oceanside got in the win column for the first time in 2012 with a 1-0 victory over Conference AA-I girls’ soccer rival Kennedy on Sept. 19.

Senior Dana Sevcik, who switched from an outside midfield spot to the center, cashed in a rebound at the 32:46 mark of the first half for the game’s only goal. Junior Marissa Colascco’s direct kick was stopped by Kennedy keeper Nicole Liotta, but the ball ricocheted off her hands and was blasted into the left corner of the net.

“Hopefully the momentum switched for the whole year,” Lady Sailors coach Marianna Winchester said. “We battled hard the first three games but came up short. I told the girls to approach this game as if we were down a goal or two. I wanted them to be more aggressive.”

Senior goalkeeper Emily Doherty made seven saves for Oceanside (1-2-1), which came off a 4-1 defeat to Calhoun five days earlier. “Calhoun’s a strong and physical team,” Winchester said. “They push opponents off the ball. Next time we play them, we have to play the whole game the way we played in the second half.”

Winchester is counting on a mix of senior leadership and talented youngsters to lead the Lady Sailors to a successful season. Doherty, who has Temple on her collegiate radar, is a captain along with senior central defenders Kelly Backus and Sam Longo. Doherty had 16 saves in a 1-1 tie with Farmingdale in the opener. “Emily’s an outstanding goalie in every sense,” Winchester said. “She’s got great ability and is very vocal. It all starts with her.”

Backus, who started at fullback last season and earned All-County honors, and Longo, who distributes the ball well to the midfielders, control the tempo in the back. Backus is expected to miss a handful of games in early October but should return for the stretch run. Longo scored in the Farmingdale game. “We’ll be losing a main plug when Kelly’s out, but everyone else just has to step up,” said Winchester, who asks senior Meghan Wallace, junior Kristen Paczkowski and sophomore Angelica Cafiero to do most of the work at fullback.

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