Leon Goldstein forces Fort Hamilton into a tie — with six seconds remaining!

Winning kick: Rorie St. Lawrence scored with six seconds remaining to earn the Leon Goldstein Dolphins a 2–2 tie against reigning Fort Hamilton High School.
Photo by Joe Staszewski

Leon Goldstein’s Rorie St. Lawrence scored with just six seconds remaining in regulation soccer play to earn the Dolphins a 2–2 tie against the rival Fort Hamilton on Thursday in Dyker Beach Park — stealing a victory from the undefeated Tigers.

The freshman ran onto a pass up the left side, weaved between two defenders, and kicked in a score to the near post — claiming she had no idea that the game was about to end.

“I really didn’t have track of time,” St. Lawrence said. “When I was going to the goal I just wanted to get past everybody and just shoot.”

Neither team scored in the two five-minute overtimes.

The tie hands Fort Hamilton (7-0-1) its first non-win of the season, leaving some players believing that the team — last year’s division champions — have gotten too comfortable with its success.

“We thought we were going to relax a little… do a shoot around,” Fort Hamilton senior Maria Pettet said.

The Tigers, who won the first match-up against the Dolphins 2–1, believed they were on their way to another victory after they took a 2–0 lead on goals by Pettet in the 9th and 10th minute respectively — the second score coming on a cross from Cansu Usta. Pettet now has 25 goals for the season — one more than she had all last season.

“She is a hell of a player,” Fort Hamilton coach Ed Coyne said. “The kid has really developed and worked really hard.”

Down by 2, Goldstein (6-2-1) worked it’s way back in the game, getting its first goal when freshman Erykah Edwards found Meagan Murray open in the box. In the second half Leon Goldstein’s Pamela Wishart, arguably the best girls soccer player in Brooklyn, moved from defense to her normal position of striker and Goldstein consistently kept the ball in the Fort Hamilton end.

Goldstein’s coaching staff were hoping for a win, but said the were quite happy with the tie. Goldstein hasn’t beaten Fort Hamilton in its last five tries on the field.

“Our main goal was to win or tie,” Goldstein coach Joanna Soares said. “We felt like we had to do it.”

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