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Lady Cougars On The Prowl 

Erin Neville dribbles the ball up the line against Sachem East on Oct. 11.

Commack’s varsity girls soccer team continued to dominate the field on Friday, Oct. 11 at a home game against Sachem East. With their 5-2 win, Commack remains in first place in League I Conference League I with a 9-1-0 record.

Julia Montella scored the first goal of the game about 20 minutes into the first half off a rebound from a shot by Erin Neville that hit the crossbar.

The two girls worked together again to score the third goal of the game with 55 seconds left in the first half. Neville headed the ball into the back of the net off of a throw-in from Montella.

Both Montella and Neville had 2 goals and 1 assist each on the game. Megan McDermott added a goal, and both Mallory Dugan and Daria Castrogiovanni added an assist each for Commack.

“They play very well together,” head coach Tracie Morenburg said of the team. “They work hard. They’re hungry and you know what, it’s good chemistry and when you have good chemistry on and off the field, you have a successful team.”

Neville is ranked no. 9 among Long Island girls soccer scoring leaders with 17 points, 11 goals and 6 assists. She is ranked no. 5 in Suffolk County.

According to Neville, most of the girls are seniors and have been playing together for years.

Commack’s coaches and players have high hopes for this season.

“We definitely want to get to the county finals. Last year we made it all the way to the semi-finals and unfortunately lost,” Montella said. “So, we want to make sure we get to the finals this year and hopefully win. We want to make it to the Long Island championship and hopefully even states if we can.”

Morenburg noted that Commack’s defense plays a huge role in their success. She also discussed another key player, Dugan.

“I have to tell you another person who doesn’t always get the goals but she did have 3 assists in our last game and that is Mallory Dugan. She’s the workhorse up there. She’s definitely a play-maker,” Morenburg said.

Commack currently has an overall record of 12-2-0, and the team does not plan on letting up their hard work anytime soon.

“Any tie or loss could knock us out of our top spot, and we really want to get a high playoff seed to hopefully get a county title this year,” Neville said.

Commack’s next match will be against Longwood on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Longwood.

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