Pequa’s on fire with a two-peat win

Sabrina Alberti, Sports Editor

The field hockey team brought home a county championship yet again for Massapequa. The team left their home turf defeating Port Washington in a 2-1 victory in overtime.

The game was held on October 28 at 3 p.m. at Berner Middle School. The team was ecstatic to host the important game in their hometown for the first time because the county championship games have been held at Adelphi University the past years.

Both teams played with determination and it was obvious they both wanted to be victorious, as Port Washington was very aggressive towards Pequa’s midfield.

From the start, the Massapequa offense dribbled the ball down the field in the goal in a short amount of time. Senior Claire DeSilva set the bar high as she scored the first goal making the score a 1-0 lead.

After a short period of time, Port Washington let the Chiefs know they were focused to win by scoring a goal and tying the game right before halftime. Both teams played hard but it wasn’t enough to score before overtime.

Starting Junior forward Molly Gerasci took Port Washington’s fury to her advantage as she scored the winning goal in overtime. Her field hockey career has become one to remember as she has scored the most goals in the team’s last season. Despite all of her accomplishments, Molly could not have done it without the support from her team.

“You never want to find yourself in an overtime situation,” Molly said. “But knowing the team we are, we went in confident and put everything we had onto the field.” She was awarded the game ball by her coach, Melodee Ahrens, for her achievement at the end of the game.

The defensive line did not back down from Port Washington’s intimidating forwards. Senior defender Paige Landy did just that. The Viking’s skills were no match for Paige’s when she had breakaways that led the Chiefs to victory.

“The feeling of winning counties is indescribable,” Paige said. “It’s sad to think this is my last time playing with this family to win a county championship but it is so exciting to be a champion again.” This was the team’s second time in a row winning the Class AA county championship.

The girls were looking forward to this meaningful game at the start of the season and finally came out on top.

As Molly scored the winning goal, the buzzer beater sounded and the girls knew they accomplished a goal they had been working towards all season. The crowd roared from the stands as the team rushed over to congratulate their senior goalie, Hannah Coleman.

It is recognizable that the team is united and will never back down from a challenge.

“Massapequa Field Hockey is a family and I couldn’t thank this program for all they have taught me,” Hannah Coleman said.

Hannah was overjoyed about the experience. “Winning counties as a senior is something that i’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” she said. “This season was a fresh start for us and I couldn’t be prouder of my team than I am right now.”

The team will continue their journey to states as they play in the Long Island Championship at Berner Middle School on Saturday, November 3.

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