It has been nearly a right of passage each November for Farmingdale State’s women’s soccer team.
And this year is no different. The Rams on Saturday defeated Mount Saint Mary College in penalty kicks to win its third consecutive Skyline Conference championship. It is also the 11th time over the past 12 seasons that FSC has won the Skyline title.
After the match ended in a 0-0 draw, the Rams bested Mount Saint Mary 3-2 in penalty kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Daniella Ford of Elmont was named Most Outstanding Player of the Skyline Conference Championship. On Saturday she made seven saves and stopped four penalty kicks to lead the Rams to victory. She did not allow a goal in more than 184 minutes of play in the tournament.
Farmingdale State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in penalties after Mount Saint Mary was unable to score on its first two attempts. Julissa Martinez of Brentwood and Tara Lyons of Wantagh converted their penalty kicks to put the Rams ahead early.
Mount Saint Mary’s sophomore midfielder Brittany Bornstad cut the deficit to 2-1. Both teams would miss on their fourth try and Knights freshman defender Julia DeSantis of Islip tied the score at 2 with a goal in the fifth round.
FSC’s Celine Cannizzaro of Bayport had a chance to give Farmingdale State the victory in the fifth round. However, her shot would go just wide.
In the sixth round, Ford made a diving stop on the shot by Alexandra Salamone of Sound Beach. Rams freshman forward Olympia Lewis of Brentwood converted her attempt to give FSC the win.
Farmingdale State now awaits word of their First Round opponent for the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. Matches will be announced on Monday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m.