West tops East in battle of Islips
East Islip and West Islip couldn’t register a goal through 100 minutes of play three weeks ago.
This time? No problem.
Just give each team 11 seconds.
The opening scoring rush preceded Danny Madden's goal and an assist as West Islip downed East Islip, 3-1 in a League III boys soccer contest Wednesday afternoon.
"This was a great win for us. We really worked hard and have been planning for this game all week," Madden said on the win. "To come out with a tie last time, we really wanted to come out here and show them what we have as a team."
West Islip struck first in the 13th minute as Dan LaMagna tallied his fifth goal of the season to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. The West Islip senior forward set himself up for a throw in in the East Islip zone and one-timed a shot with the right foot past a diving East Islip keeper Frank Noviello.
That lead wouldn’t last for long.
Just 11 seconds later Steven Braccioforte evened things up for the Redmen at 1-1. The East Islip junior snuck behind the West Islip defense on a through ball and beat a challenging Lions goaltender Sean McAllister for his second goal of the season.
The goals, which were at such a premium during these team’s previous meeting, were coming at a quick pace.
West Islip took the lead another nine minutes later as Madden gave the Lions its second lead of the game. Madden headed a John Varley corner kick into the box and snuck it by Noviello, who came out to challenge the shot to give the Lions a 2-1 advantage.
"It was a great goal. (Varley) fired a great corner," Madden said of his tally. "I was in the right position and the right time. I've always played hard on corners and today I got my goal."
The Lions took the lead into the half and expanded on it quickly on Ryan Kenny’s sixth of the season.
Just 53 seconds into the second stanza Kenny snuck behind the defense on a Madden free kick and popped one over Noviello’s head to give West Islip a two-goal cushion.
"I stepped up and took the free kick," Madden recalled. "It was a great shot and he put it in the back of the net. I was really pleased with the performance on that."
West Islip (8-2-3) would hold that lead for the remainder of the contest for the victory. East Islip falls to 5-4-4 overall and will have to wait to clinch a postseason spot.