Gomez’s Kick Wins Final

Jessica Gomez, an East Hampton High School senior, was one of the girls soccer team’s captains last fall. Jack Graves

    A shoot-out penalty kick by Jessica Gomez, who was a captain of East Hampton High School’s girls soccer team last fall, won an indoor futsal championship for East Hampton Club at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett Sunday night.
    The final, which matched East Hampton Club against Los Andes, ended with the score tied at 2-2 by the end of regulation — Lorena Quiroga and Nancy Cisalima having scored for Los Andes, and Zully Escalante and Gomez having scored for East Hampton Club.
    Escalante’s goal, which came just before halftime, treated East Hampton Club to a 1-0 lead at the break, but Quiroga got Los Andes on the scoreboard a minute and a half into the second half.
    With four minutes left to play, East Hampton Club again took the lead, at 2-1, on a goal by Gomez that was deflected into Los Andes’s cage by a defender. But a minute later Cisalima easily converted a penalty kick, taking advantage of the fact that East Hampton Club’s goalie had left the goal momentarily untended.
    Gomez’s goal in the second round of the penalty shoot-out that followed regulation, a hard kick that went into the nets just under the crossbar, was to hold up as three successive Los Andes shooters, including Quiroga and Cisalima, came up empty. East Hampton Club’s goalie, Claudia Meza, withstood five Los Andes penalty kicks in all.
    Mike Vitulli, who coached girls soccer at East Hampton last fall, said recently that Gomez had “enjoyed her best season on the varsity. As a captain she communicated better than any other player on the field, and played with a lot of intensity in every game. No one on our team ever questioned her determination or her desire to improve on a daily basis. Her teammates respected her and enjoyed playing with such a passionate player.”
    Earlier Sunday evening, Orchidia shut out Sportime 2-0 in the consolation game.