10/28 Pierson/Bridgehampton 2 – 0 East Hampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers field hockey team (9-6, 9-5) sealed its season with a defensive 2-0 victory over East Hampton (5-9, 5-9), and simultaneously tied up third place in division three and the number one seed in the Suffolk County Class C tournament. For Pierson/Bridgehampton, it is the second win over East Hampton this season, after a 2-1 overtime victory at home on September 25.
Pierson/Brdigehampton’s scoring was evenly distributed over the game’s two halves, with Lilah Yardley scoring late in the first half to give the Lady Whalers a 1-0 lead going into the break. East Hampton could do little to reignite their offense and it wasn’t long before Sariah Cafiero grabbed the second goal of the game and put victory out of reach for East Hampton. Lindsay Warne and Alexa Lantiere, who both had an assist, set up the goals. The Pierson/Bridgehampton defense kept their goalkeeper, Catherin Musnicki, well shielded from the East Hampton attack, and the net minder only had to record two saves. For the Lady Whaler back line, it was the seventh shutout of the season, and their third in a row.
After knocking out three straight wins, the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers head to the Suffolk County Class C Tournament as the number one seed, where they will face second seeded Southampton (10-6, 8-6) for the County Championship on Tuesday. Pierson/Bridgehampton had a winning record against Southampton this season, taking their first meeting on September 27, 4-0 and the return trip on October 19, 4-1.
10/27 Smithtown Christian 0 – 1 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton boys soccer team (8-6-2, 8-2-2) wrapped up its regular season with a 1-0 home victory against Smithtown Christian (5-8-1, 4-8-0) and clinched third place in League VIII. It was a tight affair between the Whalers, a side that wanted to break a streak of two straight draws, and Smithtown Christian, who had already been eliminated from the playoffs and were playing for the pride of their graduating seniors. In their previous encounter, Pierson/Bridgehampton had emerged 1-0 winners when they traveled to Smithtown Christian on October 6.
The first half pulsed from end to end, with Pierson/Bridgehampton enjoying the better part of possession, but not able to find that final, cutting ball. On the Pierson/Brdigehampton right, the dynamic duo of Oscar Reinoso and Christian Bautista had a number of charging runs cut out at the very last moment. Brook Hartnett was creating problems on the left side of the pitch while Oscar Reyes always looked a threat to score.
The true man of the match, however, was senior captain Gavin Kudlak, who ensured time and time again that Smithtown Christian didn’t see even a whiff of a goal. Kudlak was instrumental in closing down multiple Smithtown Christian attacks, and never put a foot wrong for the entire game. It was a phenomenal performance for a young man taking his bow in his final home game.
Pierson/Bridgehampton finally found the breakthrough on the 44th minute; just minutes after the second half whistle had blown. Reyes took a wonderfully chipped ball down to his feet, reversed course to put the ball on his left foot, and fired a howitzer into the top left corner of the goal. The Smithtown Christian keeper had no shot at getting to the ball that was rifled from within the 18 yard box. Pierson/Brigehampton could defend for the rest of the match, and drew a curtain on the 2010 regular season with their eighth league win of the year. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Gilbride recorded his fifth shutout of the season with six saves.
Pierson/Bridgehampton earned the third seed in the Suffolk County Class C Tournament and beat Stony Brook (10-3-1, 9-2-1)Wednesday. They now face Port Jeff for the County Class C Championship this Saturday.