By Gavin Menu
The Pierson-Bridgehampton field hockey team was riding a huge wave of momentum last week on the back of a seemingly impossible overtime goal by junior phenom Kasey Gilbride, which led to an upset 1-0 win over rival Southampton.
The Lady Whalers jumped out to a perfect 6-0 record to start the season after beating William Floyd, 4-0, on September 21 but reality snuck in on Monday in the form of a 2-0 loss to perennial power Shoreham-Wading River, which managed to halt the Pierson offensive attack at every turn.
“We really didn’t play well,” head coach Shannon Judge said Tuesday morning. “They dominated and you could see that in the number of corners. They had eight and we had one.”
Despite the loss, the Lady Whalers have put themselves in good position, albeit early on in the season. The win over Southampton coupled with an earlier victory over Babylon gave the team two wins over fellow Class C schools, which will be important once the Suffolk County playoffs begin in early November.
Another Class C school, Port Jefferson, will travel to Mashashimuet Park for a homecoming game under the lights at 7 p.m. this Saturday. A game at Miller Place on Tuesday, October 2 will be another strong test, according to the Lady Whalers’ coach.
“This is going to be the most challenging part of our season,” Judge said. “If we’re able to play well against the ‘B’ schools, it will really speak to our abilities.”
Judge said along with Gilbride, whose goal against Southampton came from the far sideline and an impossible angle, junior Katherine Matthers and freshman Erica Selyukova have shone in recent games.
“Katherine has really played well and has held our team together defensively,” Judge said.
First-year starting goalie Emma Romeo made 15 saves in shutting out Southampton.