Ivey Nucilli gave Gabi Mascaro the signal.
With a slight tap on her chest, the two Fairmont Senior soccer players went sprinting down the field toward each other, colliding in the air head on for a post-goal chest bump.
It was just one of many celebrations Thursday at East-West Stadium and also the most fitting one to describe the outcome.
Nucilli and Mascaro accounted for all of Fairmont Senior’s goals as the Polar Bears routed Philip Barbour, 7-2.
“It doesn’t count if we don’t do the chest bump,” said Nucilli. “We do it after every goal the other one scores.”
Nucilli, who had a hat trick earlier in the week, scored four goals and her partner in crime, Mascaro, had a hat trick of her own as the Polar Bears improved to 9-2.
“They’re great senior leaders,” coach Ryann Moore said. “If one’s having a down day, the other picks her up and keeps her going.”
Mascaro started the scoring for the Polar Bears in the 9th minute, then watched as her fellow senior scored three straight goals.
The most spectacular of Nucilli’s three first-half goals came in the 20th minute. She bursted downfield on a break away. When the goalie came out to challenge, she flipped to ball up, hurdled the keeper, and tapped the ball home.
“She will do whatever it takes to score,” Moore said. “She will sacrifice her body or jump over a goal keeper, whatever it takes.”
Philip Barbour scored just before the half to cut the lead to 4-1. But in the second half, it was all Mascaro, Nucilli, Mascaro.
That’s not a figure of speech; it’s exactly what happened. Nucilli’s fourth goal of the game was bookended by two Mascaro scores.
On the seventh and final goal, Mascaro headed a corner kick to her foot and booted it home for the second hat trick of the night.
Philip Barbour scored on a penalty kick with just minute remaining, but the Polar Bear’s held on for the win.
“They just know that any opportunity, whether we’re up or not is an opportunity to get better,” Moore said. “They know even if we are up, it means a lot to what their next performance might be.”
o o o o o o
As an encore, the Fairmont Senior boys defeated the Colts, 2-0.
Late in the game, Robbie Potesta and Jared Bartrug scored for the Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears (5-5-1) had several strong scoring chances in the opening half and then controlled the second half. Goalkeeper David Childers only had a handful of shots to turn away, none very threatening.
Then, with just under fifteen minutes remaining, sophomore Robbie Potesta fired a shot from just outside the 18 to beat the goalie in the upper corner.
The Polar Bears gave themselves a little breathing room with under five minutes remaining. Aaron Saymansky took a corner kick and Jared Bartrug headed it home.
“We don’t have a big, fast guy, so we just have to manufacture goals,” coach Jim DeNardi said. “We just work, work, work.”
And it worked out Thursday.
Email Mike DeFabo at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.
Ivey Nucilli gave Gabi Mascaro the signal.
- Prep Sports
Fairmont Senior bullies RCB with defense, wins 77-33: PHOTOS
They say defense wins championships.
If that’s the case, Fairmont Senior may be well on its way when it comes time for the state tournament.
But for now, the Lady Polar Bears (5-1, 3-0 Big 10) focused their stingy defense on Robert C. Byrd (3-2, 2-2 Big 10).
North Marion survives East’s rally to win, 54-47: PHOTOS
“Backstreet Boys! Backstreet Boys! Backstreet Boys!” the East Fairmont student section jeered at North Marion’s basketball team Wednesday night.
Perhaps it was a jab at the Huskies’ blond haircuts. Maybe they were comparing their masculinity to that of a ’90s boy band. Or it could be that “The Swarm,” as the section calls itself, was simply trying to get the basketball players’ minds off the game.
North heats up in second-half to beat Bees, 71-33: PHOTOS
Megan Haller flew head-first into the wall under the basket at North Marion High School, her ponytail connecting with the last inch of padding above the hard concrete brick.
Postlewait, Johnson earn first-team Big 10 honors
In a volleyball season that saw its fair share of excitement, players can now take away their individual awards.
Whaley playing role well for Polar Bears early
No. 3 Fairmont Senior’s girls’ basketball team has a number of threats from multiple spots on the court, but Kaden Whaley is off to a monster start for the Polar Bears.
Huskies use team effort to win second straight: PHOTOS
By definition, basketball is a team sport.
North Marion proved that Saturday evening when the Huskies picked up a 64-50 victory over Weir.
The Huskies (2-0, 1-0) had three players in double figures, but had 10 players on the floor who put points up in the stat sheet.
North Marion girls bounce back with blowout over Weir
North Marion’s girls’ varsity team bounced back after dropping their last game with an 84-24 win over Weir Saturday.
The Lady Huskies, who lost Thursday night to Fairmont Senior, put together a complete game in the blowout coach Mike Parrish said.
Opron’s double-double leads Huskies over No. 5 FSHS: PHOTOS
It all came down to one play.
It wasn’t a buzzer-beater nor was it in the final seconds, but when North Marion’s Chase Banker dribbled out of trouble and found center Cody Opron underneath the basket for a score late in the fourth quarter, it put the Huskies in a great position.
Polar Bears use strong second half, topple NMHS
When two top-five teams get together on the court, intensity runs high.
That was the case when Fairmont Senior (3-1, 2-0) hosted North Marion (2-1, 0-1) Thursday night.
Greely, Bees beat Frankfort in season opener
Coach Tyrone Asterino paced the sideline at his home gym at East Fairmont High School.
- More Prep Sports Headlines
- Fairmont Senior bullies RCB with defense, wins 77-33: PHOTOS