They were seeded No. 18 when the playoffs started. But that proved to matter little to the Valley Stream South Lady Falcons.
In Nassau County, where girls high school teams from Rockville Centre and Massapequa normally dominate, the South girls rode a magic ride to a New York State Class A Championship. The season ended with a 1-0 overtime win over Jamesville-DeWitt and the state title was heading back to southwestern Nassau County.
The success of Valley Stream South not only caught the eye of the soccer community on Long Island but nationally as well. In the November 13 USA Today/United Soccer Coaches High School Girls Soccer Poll, the previously unranked Lady Falcons sit at No. 4 with their gaudy 21-0 record
In the state title game on November 11, Kayla Camacho scored the game’s lone goal. She headed home a corner kick from Brianna Pizzaro with less than one minute remaining in the first overtime period. Senior captain Lindsey Smith, who is attending West Point following graduation, was named the State Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The win capped a long, challenging road through the postseason for the Lady Falcons. In the Nassau playoffs, Valley Stream South defeated Island Trees, No. 2 South Side, Mepham, Wantagh and MacArthur for the Nassau Class A title. In the Long Island Championship game, Valley Stream South would top Islip 1-0.
According to figures from Newsday, three members of the Lady Falcons occupy three of the top five spots among Nassau County girls soccer scoring leaders. Topping the list is Pizarro with 30 goals and 14 assists. Mia Asenjo is fourth with 22 goals an 17 assists while Camacho is fifth with 17 goals and 12 assists.