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Viking Sports: October 8, 2009

Varsity Football

The North Shore Vikings Football Team was defeated in tough losses their last two games to Plainedge and Sewhanaka High Schools. The Vikings did have some bright spots with quarterback Lou Mastellone connecting several times to his receiver core of Denis Hickey, Pierce Janssen, Stefan Schwartz and Frank Scaturro. The Vikings offensive line was led by Anthony Croce and Dan Broker. Against Plainedge, linebacker Kevin Victoria ripped the ball out of the Plainedge running back’s hand and sprinted to the end zone for a touchdown. John Scuderi had the extra point. Against Sewanahaka the defense was led by linebackers Nicholas Capparelli and William Johansen. Frank Scaturro had a key interception in the game as well. The Vikings hope to get back to their winning ways when they host South Side High school this Saturday. Kick-off is 3 p.m.

Women’s Varsity Tennis

North Shore finished the week with a 4-4 record. The Vikings lost two matches to Herricks and Great Neck South. The bright spot for the Vikings was the play of eighth-grader Sunaina Vohra. She improved her overall record to 8-0 this season at the second singles. On Friday, North Shore reverted back to their winning ways by defeating Locust Valley 5-2. Marissa Moshell and Liz Hamberger clinched the match with a three set victory at third doubles. Next up for the Vikings is Manhasset and Oyster Bay.

Women’s Varsity Soccer

The first game was against Valley Stream South HS. North Shore played very well, allowing only one goal, and scoring 7. Brianna Ruane continued where she left off last year, by scoring 3 goals. Christine Convey had two assists and one goal. Sam Grabher, Amanda Johansen and Christine Castiglione each scored goals. Wheatley HS was a tough game but we prevailed by winning 4 to 3. Strong defense was played by Cara Dellvecchia, Christine DiMaio, Denise Kilderry, Jenna Solomito, and Jackie Gioia. North Shore beat West Hempstead the same week with outstanding goal tending and defense. The team’s first loss came against Seaford HS, 4-3.

At Clarke HS, North Shore went on the attack scoring eight goals and not allowing anything past Erika Oertle and Erika Sylvester. Against Bellmore/JFK, North Shore won 6-4. Brianna had four goals, Christina Convey one goal and one assist, Amanda one goal, and Christine one assist. The conference IV record is 5 -1.

Varsity Men’s Soccer

After a very successful start to the first week of the season, the North Shore Vikings could find no offense in their second week and walked off the field with back to back losses. In a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream North, the only highlight was a goal by Joe Galluzzo in the 24th minute of the game, which momentarily sparked the Vikings momentum but fell short of the comeback they needed. Against Wheatley, a goal in the first two minutes for Wheatley left North Shore in a hole they could not dig out of and the game ended in an eventual 3-0 loss. In week three, the Vikings opened up the week by going down 1-0 to Seaford at home and it looked for a while like a repeat of the Wheatley game. However, Paul Gabriel punched home a header on a throw-in from John Scuderi to tie the game and that was all they needed. Tom Kraft blasted home his first goal of the season on a through ball from Stephen Grella and Alex Portela added another on a neat pass from Danny Grabher to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead at halftime. Greg Puskuldjian added the fourth at the start of the second half and Gavin Esernio kept the win in hand by making some skillful saves to close the game out with a 4-2 win for North Shore. Hoping to keep the winning going against Hewlett proved to be fruitless as the offense disappeared again and resulted in a 2-0 loss for the Vikings. However, on Saturday, North Shore met their cross-town rival Glen Cove, in a non-league contest. After a scoreless first half, Greg Puskuldjian knocked home the only goal of the game when the Glen Cove keeper lost a free ball challenge and Puskuldjian found the empty net an easy target. Gavin Esernio notched his first shut-out of the season with nine saves, many of which tested his ability. Jake Venditto continues to lead the North Shore defense with spectacular resistance to all comers.