The Syosset Thunder brought home a respectable 2-2-1 record from the 2001 Columbus Day Soccer Tournament, delivering them fourth place among U-10 girls. The newly formed travel team showed a new aggressive spirit as they went toe to toe with top competition in the three day tournament, held Oct. 6-7-8, at T.J. Leahy Elementary in Greenlawn.
On Saturday, the Thunder drew first blood against West Babylon, as Shelby Rosen slammed home a goal in the first half. West Babylon squeaked out a 1-1 tie with a goal in the final seconds of the second half. The Thunder regained their momentum in a later game against highly rated Northport, with Molly Goldfarb driving in a goal in the first half. The team played tough defense and held off the Northport team in the second half for a 1-0 victory.
On Sunday, the Thunder was overrun 5-0 by the Sachem Tsunami, but the team bounced back for a decisive 2-0 victory over the Commack Crushers in the late afternoon. Shanna Feld and Devon Gordan put the team up 2-0 with hard shots into the net in the first half, and the Thunder held on for the win. Great defensive play made the difference with Dana Fried in goal and Kathy Tang and Ryann Haltman taking charge of the backfield.
On Monday, the Thunder was blanked in the first half while Stony Brook scored twice. The Thunder fought back in the second half, as Devon Gordan pummeled a shot into the net on an assist from Lily Mummert. The late-game momentum fell short, and the Thunder lost 2-1.