Alicia Roy was just 9 years old when a team other than Cold Spring Harbor was county champion. She wasn't about to let that change.
"It's been such a legacy," said Roy, a freshman who is one of the youngest players on the team. "All we have been talking about is how much we need to keep it going. We weren't going on that bus upset."
Now 14, Roy ensured that it was all smiles on the bus and that the legacy lived on after No. 2 Cold Spring Harbor beat No. 1 Carle Place, 1-0, to win its fifth straight Class B county championship Tuesday. The freshman midfielder not only scored the lone goal but also marked Carle Place's top offensive weapon, Mellissa Duarte.
"She used to play forward and I needed a man-marker and she does it best," Seahawks coach Steve Cacioppo said. "So it was really nice for her to score the winning goal. That was really special."
Roy sent a free kick from 30 yards out on the right wing just over the fingertips of the keeper with 9:50 remaining in the first half.
Duarte nearly tied the game for Carle Place (10-4) with 16 minutes remaining. She carried the ball to the middle of the box then cut back and fired a left-footed shot that carried just over the crossbar.
Stephanie Mahder had five saves in the shutout. Nicole Veigas had 10 stops for Carle Place, including a beautiful diving stop five minutes into the second half.
Cold Spring Harbor (8-6-1) advances to the Long Island Championship to play Center Moriches at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Denton Park.
"We have a lot of heart and this was our goal the whole season," defender and captain Katherine Rueger said. "We're a different team when it comes to the playoffs."