Poetzsch’s Brace Leads Molloy To ECC Crown

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Coming into Sunday East Coast Conference women’s soccer final against New York Tech, Dana Poetzsch and her 22 goals have been the main scoring threat for Molloy College throughout the season.

On Sunday at President’s Stadium on the NYIT campus, the Hicksville High School graduate scored both goals for the Lions in a 2-0 win over New York Tech. The win gives Molloy its first conference title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Divison II Tournament. 

The victory moves Molloy to 14-4-2. NYIT finishes its season 7-7-3.

Poetzsch’s first goal and her 23rd of the season came in the 29th minute. Teammate Lexi Verni of Patchogue chipped a pass over the Bears defense and Poetzsch used her speed to win the ball, firing a left-foot shot from 18-yards out that eluded the outstretched arms of NYIT keeper Nicole Genis. 

Her second goal of the game and 24th of the season came in the 83rd minute. A set-piece taken from just inside the halfway line by Sabrina Bell of Hicksville reached the penalty spot where Poetzsch was able to beat Genis to the ball and tap it into the open goal.

A big blow for the Bears came in the 34th minute when leading scorer Casey Luongo of Center Moriches was carted off with an injury.

Molloy keeper Jackie Carty of East Islip was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECC Women’s Soccer Championship. On Sunday against NYIT, she made six saves to earn her 11th clean sheet of the season. Carty totaled 15 saves during the ECC tournament and made two crucial stops in penalties in the win over Bridgeport.