Romero, Marauders rally past Sachem East
The goal for the Sachem East Flaming Arrows was very simple...
Win and they’re in the playoffs.
But Bay Shore and Aracely Romero had a different idea.
The junior, Romero scored the game-winning goal on Senior Day with 11 minutes remaining to give the Marauders a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Sachem East.
With the game seemingly winding down and even at one goal apiece, eighth-grader Sofia Leone led Romero on a break. Sachem East goalkeeper Emily Carmel came out to challenge the open ball, however Romero chipped it over the unsuspecting keeper from 15 yards out and into the open net.
The goal with Romero’s second of the season and delayed Sachem East’s playoff chances one more game.
Sachem East got on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute off the foot of Morgan Tinari to take the important 1-0 lead. Tinari was led on a breakaway on a through-ball from Laurie Semetsis from 35-yards out. The Sachem forward was left all alone with Bay Shore keeper Brooke Puttick, and fired a shot over a diving keeper to put the Flaming Arrows on the scoreboard.
It was a good thorough-ball and I was just thinking to go to the goal,” Tinari said. “I jut wanted to take a shot. It was a good goal.”
However, Bay Shore would get on the board right back just 4:11 later off the foot of Kristin Seiferth.
It all started when Carmel made a point blank save on junior Yesica Alberto’s shot from close range. Seiferth got the rebound, danced around a Sachem defender and fired a shot just inside the near post to give the Marauders the equalizer.
“It was extremely important (to tie the game),” Seiferth said. “I had to get that goal back and tie it up quickly.”
For Seiferth, playing on senior day meant more to her goal and the victory overall.
“It was very emotional for me. It was my girl that I was covering (Tinari) that scored before. My last home game on this field I had to get a goal in.”
Tinari wasn’t done yet and tried desperate to get her Flaming Arrows back on top. Just 11 minutes into the second half, Tinari fired with the right foot and used Bay Shore defenders as a screen, but Puttick made an excellent diving stop to the left to keep the game equalized at one with 29 minutes remaining.
Puttick was stellar on the day, making six saves, and her teammates made note of it.
“I’m very proud of her and my whole entire team,” Seiferth said. “We did really great.”
Sachem East (4-5-2) now has one more chance to make the playoffs (.500 record qualifies), and that comes Wednesday afternoon against Connetquot -- a team that has already holds a victory over the Flaming Arrows.