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NSHS Viking Sports: September 25, 2009

Field Hockey

After being county contenders the past four years under coach Kellie Moritz, the Vikings are at it again. “We are a young team with a lot of talent and a tremendous amount of potential,” said coach Moritz. The team earned a win against Baldwin last week bringing their record to 1-1. Junior Lauren Gerard has stepped up in goal in the past two games totaling 13 saves. The defense has proven to be a dominating force with juniors Lauren Janelli and Danielle Valasiadis in the back field, along with sophomore Laura Wefer as sweeper. Sophomore Jenna Datlo leads the team in goals with two in the non-league game against Friends Academy. Sophomore Micaela Dussel, junior Arianna Pappas and senior Melissa Meehan each have one goal apiece. The Vikings focus for the upcoming games is finishing with the ball in the cage early and using the space of the field. With an experienced midfield, including senior Elle Hoffman and Kathleen Lennon, and junior Amanda Juhasz midfield transition should be a detailed execution. As for the attack, the Vikings have flexibility with Melissa Meehan, Jenna Datlo, Jennie Berglin, Arianna Pappas, Isabella Ahrens and Micaela Dussel and are looking to them to put the ball in the cage. Come check out the Vikings in action at the Glenwood Landing School on the lower field. Also, for up to date scores, photos and team events check out the North Shore Field Hockey website on the Athletics webpage under websites. http://

Women’s Varsity Tennis

The Vikings team opened the season last Monday with a 5-2 upset over Great Neck South. Great Neck South was listed in Newsday as the favorite in Conference IIA preseason ranking. In singles action all three Vikings won their matches. In third singles, Aria Shavelson came back after losing the first set to defeat her opponent 6-4 in the third set. On the doubles side, Caroline Maramara and Alexis McCabe highlighted a 2-2 effort for North Shore. At first doubles, Maramara/McCabe won a three set thriller 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

Thursday saw Manhasset come to North Shore and defeat the Vikings 3-4. It was a great high school tennis match coming down to the last individual match of the day. Unfortunately, the team was on the wrong side of the score. The Vikings played hard throughout. Highlights for the Vikings were the play of Claudia Ruiz and Sunaina Vohra. The top players for the Vikings remained undefeated earning straight set victories over their opponents from Manhasset. In doubles action, the bright spot was the team of Anna Berger and Abby Schubach as they earned a hard-fought victory at second doubles in three sets.

Men’s Varsity Soccer

On Tuesday, Sept.15 at the brand new Bethpage High School turf grass field and under the lights, North Shore looked liked they might be blown out in the first five minutes as Bethpage scored at the 6:27 mark to take an early lead. The goal however seemed to calm the nerves of the team and they quickly responded with a goal of their own as Greg Puskuldjian converted on a pass from John Scuderi beating the Bethpage goalie one-on-one to tie the game. Just before halftime Bethpage regained the lead on rebound off the crossbar with less than two minutes to play. The second half began with North Shore goalie Gavin Esernio asserting himself and robbing Bethpage of the opportunity to gain a two-goal advantage. Time and again Esernio kept the Vikings in the game until with just under 10 minutes remaining rookie center-mid, Geoffrey Shibahara, found himself with the ball on the goal line and he headed it in for the equalizer. It was again John Scuderi with the assist. The defense led by Jake Venditto then became solidified and shut out Bethpage the rest of the way to gain a tie.

Two days later on Thursday, North Shore visited Westbury. This time it was North Shore that jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Evan Fierstein at the 4:10 mark as he one-timed a volley out of the air on a cross from Greg Puskuldjian. Five minutes later, Stephen Grella beat the keeper on a pass from John Scuderi to make it 2-0. The first-half scoring was completed by Greg Puskuldjian at the 14:20 mark giving the Vikings a first half lead of 3-0.out As the second half got under way, Paul Gabriel scored on a through ball breakaway from Alex Portela and it seemed as if the game would be a rout. Westbury however showed their pride and scored two goals and almost a third if not for an empty net save by back Giovani Grella in the closing minutes of the game. Gavin Esernio played solidly in net and Ryan Kianofsky helped out late in the game to ensure the North Shore victory. Joe Galluzzo, Bryan Valzavano, Matt Frittola, and Dan Grabher also contributed to the success of the team in this first week of the season.