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On Thursday, Nov. 2, the Schreiber Vikings met Clarke in the Nassau County Class B field hockey semifinal game. The game got underway at 2:30 on this sunny fall afternoon. The crowd at the start of the game was comprised mostly of parents who were enthusiastically cheering the team on and, of course, the seven piece pep-band who came wearing their usual attire, field hockey skirts and bowling jerseys. However, come the end of the school day (at 3:05) the bleachers were overflowing with energized students who came to cheer on their team. The Vikings did not let their fans down, winning this game 1-0.

Karen Cullinane (left) passes the ball across the field to Nathalie Faure. Photo by Doug Spielman

The Vikings' goal came when with only four minutes left in the first half, Port senior Nathalie Faure received a pass from senior, Karen Cullinane, which she shot past Clarke's goaltender. This goal was contested by Clarke who claimed that the shot was too high (a shot in field hockey must be below a certain height to be counted as a goal. The official, however, ruled that the goal was legal since there were no other players in the shooting space (the area around the goal).

At halftime the pep-band played a cover of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" which was an instant crowd pleaser. The second half got under way with both teams playing hard, both aware that a one goal lead ensures nothing in a sport like field hockey. The Vikings did an excellent job of both keeping the pressure on Clarke, as well as being sure to defend their lead. Port's goalie, Katharine Garofalo, helped to ensure the victory making six saves in the game. As soon as the final buzzer sounded the Vikings began to celebrate their victory and their up coming trip to the county finals. Nathalie Faure said, "I think we all played really well this game. We've really learned to communicate with each other on the field and that's really brought our play to a higher level."

The Vikings will face number one seed, Garden City in the Nassau County Class B finals at CW Post on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Garden City is undefeated thus far this season and is the six-time defending county champion. Despite the numbers being against them, Port Washington knows that they must remain confident if they hope to defeat Garden City on Wednesday.


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