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Newsday Blog about Northport Game

Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 by Newsday

Connetquot has arrived

BY ADAM RONIS

It was just the first league game of the season. There's a long way to go in the season. Forget all that. Don't tell that to the Connetquot girls soccer team. This was more than just another game. Posters were on the wall throughout the school urging fans to come to the game against Northport, one of the best teams in Suffolk for quite some time. Fans were vocal and a few boys had letters pained on their chest spelling "C-Q-U-O-T."

Danielle Murino, who endured two losing seasons her first two seasons, scored 2:07 into the game for her eighth goal of the season in a 1-0 win over Northport. It's the first time anyone could recall beating Northport. The teams tied once last season.

Many coaches told me last season that Connetquot would be dangerous this season. They are 5-0 overall. It was an even first half, but Connetquot controlled play in the second half and Northport goalkeeper Meredith Maguire made some great saves to keep the game close.

Don't bury Northport, though. They are 1-2, but lost to perennial powerhouse Massapequa 2-1 on a goal with 46 seconds left. Tom Fazio always has his team make deep postseason runs. They lost in the final last season.

But on Tuesday it was all about Connetquot, which won the first playoff game in program history last season. Just three years ago, Connetquot was 1-9 in league play. Now, they are a serious contender in Suffolk Class AA.

Here's the link to the story.

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