The Pierson varsity girl’s soccer team is not taking no for an answer when it comes to competing in the playoffs this season. As of right now, the girls were not set to be in the playoffs because they are finishing their season below .500; but were already planning on a challenge
“We are slightly below .500,” Coach Haley Luzim said on Wednesday, who said their league record stands at 6-4-1. “If we were over .500 we would definitely make it in,” she said. The girls face Southold/Greenport today; but even if they win they will still not have the record to advance — because of the tie.
“We will have to create a letter with the athletic director on Friday morning,” Luzim, who noted a win would put them a mere half game out, said. The letter of appeal will be sent to section eleven — the regulating body. The section eleven handbook says that the appeal must be made within five school days of the decision and the high school principal along with the athletic director will be required to submit a written request to the Executive Director.
Luzim believes the team has a good chance of being permitted into the playoffs.
“We feel we have a good case having four wins, one loss, and a tie against class C teams.” She said that today’s game will definitely help their chances. “We have a good shot, last time we played them we only lost by one goal,” Luzim said, “We definitely have the ability to win.”
The girls had one win and one loss this week as they played Port Jefferson last Wednesday and Smithtown Christian on Friday. Luzim said they played better against Smithtown Christian than Port Jefferson, although they beat Port Jefferson 5 to 1. “The difference was team caliber. Smithtown Christian is an excellent team – the first time we played them we lost 7-0 and this was time we lost 3-0.”
Luzim said on Wednesday that although they are losing three starting seniors, which she said will be difficult to replace, “our remaining team will be strong.”