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Viking Sports: October 15, 2009

NS Vikings Shutout Westbury
By NS Student Jimmy Bacchioni
On an ideal day for sports on Long Island, Oct. 8 could not have gone much better for the playoff racing North Shore Vikings Varsity men’s soccer team. The team, (3-4-2) was up against a (1-7) Westbury High School club who are all but out of the playoff picture. The game started with Westbury getting the first touch. Right off the bat, Westbury seemed quick and hungry for a goal. That momentum was shortly halted by North Shore goalkeeper Gavin Esernio, who shut down opponents all game long. After the quick Westbury start, North Shore remembered that they were in a playoff race and had to get it going. 14 minutes into the game, North Shore defenseman John Scuderi soared a throw-in into Westbury’s goalie box only to be quickly headed into the net by Vikings forward Greg Puskuldjian. After this goal, the Vikings would never lose momentum. Minutes after, Scuderi had yet another throw-in in Westbury territory that was headed in by Puskuldjian. With a 2-0 lead and things going their way, Puskuldjian added one more goal to seal the hat trick and a commanding 3-0 Vikings lead at the half.
Westbury, much like the beginning of the game, came out firing in the second half, but their efforts were cut short yet again by Vikings net-minder Esernio. After the referees blew the final whistle, the Vikings found themselves with a 5-0 shutout victory. Two goals were added in the middle second half by midfielders Matt Frittola and freshman Danny Grabher. With the Vikings playing the same style of soccer they played against Westbury followed by strong leadership, North Shore could very much find themselves with a nice record and a promising future.

North Shore Fought to 1-1 Tie vs. Bethpage

By NS Student Rob DeLucia

Gavin Esernio was the key player to a hard fought 1-1 tie in the October 6 match up between North Shore and Bethpage. The North Shore goalie made a number of saves throughout the game, many from the hard shooting Bethpage forwards. On a few occasions the North Shore defense was able to clear out what seemed to be shots bound for the back of the net. It was easy to see that nothing easy would be let in by Gavin on this day. The scoring started with a goal by midfielder Daniel Grabher who sports the number 2. It came off of a throw in with 3:49 remaining in the first half. North Shore managed to maintain the lead until Bethpage was offered a penalty kick with 8:19 to go in the game. Gavin made every effort to stop the ball, but this was the only one that managed to find the back of the net.

Football
The North Shore Vikings Football team had an impressive victory last Saturday against South Side High School, besting the Cyclones by a score of 14-7. The Vikings opened the scoring when senior quarterback Lou Mastellone plunged into the end-zone on a 1-yard quarterback sneak capping of a 65- yard drive. Nick Capparelli had the Vikings second score with an impressive 22-yard run for the score. John Scuderi was a perfect 2 for 2 on extra points. The Vikings defense held South Side to only 4 first downs. Anthony Croce, Dan Broker, Evan Vandaros, Kevin Victoria and Dillon Seudat were like a brick wall on the defensive line. Lou Mastellone, Billy Johansen and Vinnie Denovellis each had an interception in the game. Johansen finished the game with 117 yards rushing.
The Vikings will be taken on the Bethpage Eagles for Homecoming, this Saturday, Oct. 17. Kick-off is 3:30, not 4:00 as previously published.

Field Hockey
The North Shore Field Hockey Team picked up three more wins this past week with victories against Great Neck North and local Class B rivals Locust Valley and Cold Spring Harbor. Lauren Gerard had 17 saves on the week with the help of Laura Wefer, Lauren Janelli and Danielle Valasiadis. Lauren Janelli also gave the Vikings two goals in the Great Neck game, along with Jenna Datlo. Junior Jennie Berglin also added a goal and scored the lone goals for the Vikings in both the Locust Valley and Cold Spring Harbor game. The midfield transition has been a key aspect of the Vikings game, both containing their opponent and breaking down their opponent’s defense. The team has moved the ball well and has capitalized on its strengths of speed and stick work. With a record of 7-2, the Vikings will take on Manhasset Friday, Oct. 16 under the lights.