Less than two weeks removed from the junior varsity team, Amanda Garrity now hopes to be part of the solution for a perennial power that has struggled this season.
"I kind of feel pressure because I feel like I have to do really good since I got pulled up," Garrity said. "Coach said we've been doing really good since we were pulled up. I think we're making an impact."
Garrity's impact was felt Monday after her first varsity goal helped Massapequa beat Oceanside, 2-0, in the final game of the regular season in Nassau Conference AA-I.
"The second season is starting in a couple days. It's good to get on the right track and have some momentum going into the playoffs," said Massapequa coach Bruce Stegner, whose team improved to 7-3-4. "I think it's a good starting point."
The starting point Monday came just 4:11 into the game. Erica Modena sent a cross to Garrity, who one-touched it just inside the near post for what Stegner called the first goal his team has scored off a cross from outside midfield all season.
Rosie DiMartino scored her team-high 11th goal in the 24th minute to make it 2-0. Tori Maley sent a through ball to Alyssa Iannuzzi, another call-up, who made a centering feed. After a defensive misclear, DiMartino fired it past keeper Emily Doherty, who finished with 11 saves and helped keep Oceanside (6-6-2) close.
Oceanside came out more aggressive in the second half after shifting players around to add some much-needed pressure up top. Massapequa keeper Emmalee Meyer made nine of her 10 saves in the second half, including stops on five direct kicks.
With 10 minutes left, she swatted away a corner kick by Melissa Horan, then caught the rebound off a header by Danielle Rossi. Oceanside's best opportunity came with 5:30 left when Laura Dwyer sent a pass down the wing to Rossi, who beat a defender but shot just wide.
Massapequa, which is seeking a ninth straight county title, now will enter the postseason in the unfamiliar role of underdog.
"We're a brand-new team this year," defender Anna Seneta said. "But now it's the playoffs and it's a new season . . . It's a bigger challenge for us and we'll get over it."