Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00
As the racing season is just beginning many people have noticed that the North Shore Women’s Cross-Country Team is not just a one-hit wonder, but a program that will be on top for a while. This past week’s performance displayed this as the team began their quest for a fifth consecutive County Championship. The team defeated Malverne, Locust Valley and Friends Academy to earn a 3-0 record. This mark continues an undefeated streak that began over 3 years ago. Top performers included the debut of the new freshman stars: Alexandra Osman and Molly Reilly as they were the team’s top performers. Other top finishers were seniors Danielle Muoio and Marielle Genovesi. There were also several personal bests attained by junior Nicole Milani, and sophomore Gillian McGovern. Other nice performances were run by freshman Olivia Statile and Dana Digiovanni. This is a big week for North Shore as they will be traveling to Cary, North Carolina to compete in the Great American Cross-Country Festival featuring some of the best teams in the Southeast of the United States.
The Vikings began their season with a non-league game against local rivals Glen Cove. After just four minutes, Danny Grabher and Paul Gabriel had both scored to open a 2-0 lead. It looked as though the game might be a blow out. Glen Cove responded quickly, however, and after 20 minutes the score was tied. It took a game winning penalty kick by Paul Gabriel at the 34-minute mark to clinch North Shore’s first win of the season. Ryan Kianofsky and Austin Musselwhite split halves at goal for the win. The following day the Vikings met defending Class A County Champs in another non-league game. This game turned out to be a defensive battle that ended in a 0-0 tie. Austin Musselwhite posted his first varsity shut-out for the Vikings and the tie was a great effort against a superior team. The league season opened with a night game against Seaford. In a well-played game by both teams, Seaford prevailed with a 2-1 win. The game was a series of missed opportunities for North Shore who dominated offensively but couldn’t find the net. The lone score for the Vikings came on a beautiful header from Paul Gabriel on a cross from Alex Portela at the 60-minute mark bringing the game to within a goal but with time running out, the Vikings came up short. The second week ended with a visit from Island Trees. The game started badly for the Vikings as Island Trees scored a quick goal one minute into the game and North Shore never found its stride. The highlight of the game for the Vikings came when Paul Gabriel scored his fourth goal of the season on a beautiful pass from Brian Valzovano, bringing the score to 3-1. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.