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Oct 15, 2019 11:13 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Everything Is On Track For Southampton Girls Soccer

Southampton's Charlotte Cardel and a Westhampton Beach player chase after a ball. DREW BUDD
Oct 15, 2019 11:42 AM

The Southampton girls soccer team is not hitting the panic button.

A quick look at the team’s 3-6 Division II record (5-6 overall) may not project a successful season, but the Lady Mariners are right where they need to be, according to their head coach, Sean Zay.

Due to the power point, divisional system Suffolk County implemented in girls soccer two years ago, Southampton, with the success it had last season clinching its first ever playoff berth, came into this season ranked higher than in years past. That meant the Lady Mariners were going to have to deal with a much tougher schedule against larger schools. The results, as such, have been up and down, and Zay said he warned his up-and-coming team that it would have to weather the storm, especially in the first half.

“We had a very front-loaded schedule where we’ve had to play some very tough teams,” he explained, “but we’re beating the teams that we’re supposed to beat. We should beat teams like Hampton Bays and Amityville, but when we go against a large school like Hills West, the top-ranked team in the entire division, that’s going to be a tough one for us, where we just have to dig in and play strong defense.

“We are a good team,” Zay added. “We just haven’t really had a chance to show it yet.”

Regardless of how the record may look at the moment, Southampton is well in line for its second consecutive playoff berth. Zay said with the schedule turning to more equal opponents, the wins should be coming, and he expects that a victory at home over Port Jefferson this Thursday, October 17, would seal that playoff spot.

Southampton’s past four games have all been blowouts, with three of them going the Lady Mariners’ way. They won, 8-0, at Amityville on October 2, lost at home to Half Hollow Hills West, 6-0, on October 4, defeated host Hampton Bays, 6-0, on October 7, and then defeated Pierson/Bridgehampton, 7-0, at home on Monday night.

Sophomore Carli Cameron scored a hat trick in the win over Hampton Bays, which gave her 10 on the season, and sophomore Taylor Zukosky scored a pair of goals, while her younger sister, Emily Zukosky, a freshman, scored a goal and assisted on another. Zay said that the younger Zukosky, and another freshman in Juliette Archer, have been pleasant surprises thus far in their first seasons on varsity.

After playing at Kings Park on Wednesday and hosting Port Jeff on Thursday, the Lady Mariners will play their next two games at home, with Harborfields on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Wyandanch on Monday also at 4:30 p.m.

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