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HS Sports Notebook: Susan Wagner girls' soccer team continues dynasty run

By Nick Regina

The Susan Wagner girls' soccer team continued its dynastic run of Staten Island dominance, concluding its second straight undefeated season (14-0) with a FIFTH consecutive Staten Island crown after topping Tottenville 2-0 on Monday.

The Falcons fell in the PSAL semifinals last season after posting a 13-0-1 regular season mark. They will kick off their 2018 playoff run on Saturday, opponent and time TBA.

"It doesn't get old, it gets sweeter every year," said SW coach Carleen Rago of the feat. "We're still driving for that city title, grabbing the Island is beautiful, but we're trying our hardest to get that city title."

Wagner has stifled opponents with its defense all season, pitching 11 shutouts and allowing just five goals all season.

Senior Therese Persichetty, along with junior Alesiana Braca and freshman Mia Tricarico, have wrought havoc on opposing offenses.

"People aren't even getting shots off," said Rago. "The defensive line is creating some of the best soccer I've ever seen. They make plays and even score some goals, I'm so proud."

On the offensive end, SW boasts a potent trio of scorers in sophomore Lauren Persichetty (13 goals/seven assists), junior Hanna Majkut (12G/7A), and senior Julia Gregorio (10G/4A).

"The offense finishes everything that gets started on the back end," noted Rago.

The Falcons have accomplished just about everything shy of capturing that elusive city crown, but Coach Rago believes her club has the wherewithal to get over the hump.

"They've grown together and gained knowledge of the passing game," explained Rago. "They have this drive that's unstoppable...I hope we can get to the 'ship this year.

"I'm just so proud of them," she added. "Keep playing and try to get to St. John's [for the championship game]."

The Falcons will get their first crack on Saturday.