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On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Schreiber girls varsity field hockey team faced off against Oyster Bay in the Vikings fourth game of the season. The Vikings, under the experienced leadership of coach Bob Busby, came into this game with confidence after having been undefeated in their previous three games. Added energy and fun was brought to this game by the addition of a pep band comprised of seven boys, all of whom came dressed in field skirts to show their support for the team.

Port came out strong in the first half, keeping the ball on Oyster Bay's side of the field. About midway through the half, Viking Lindsay Levin scored the first goal of the game off a hard shot which blew past the Oyster Bay goalie. Port kept the pressure on and a few minutes prior to the end of the half, sophomore, Valerie Herz scored a goal for the Vikings, making the score 2-0 at halftime. Halftime was highlighted by a performance by the pep band in which they marched out onto the field, played a song and for the finale they lifted up their skirts to reveal their shorts with letters taped on them spelling out, "We've got brass." The crowd loved it!

The second half got under way in a similar manner as the first half, except this time Oyster Bay was the one scoring the goals. Oyster Bay scored their first goal about half way into the half, and then another goal, this time with only eight minutes left in regulation play. Despite the best efforts by Port's powerful offense, the second half ended with the score tied at two. The league allows for one 10 minute sudden death overtime in regular season play, and after only a brief pause, overtime began. The Viking's goalie, senior Katharine Garofalo, made several big saves keeping Port in the game, while the offense kept pounding away at Oyster Bay's defense. In the end, however, neither team scored, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The Vikings play their next home game on Thursday, Oct. 5 against East Meadow.


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