Chelsea Nachamie's goal puts Port Washington in Nassau Class A field hockey final
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Chelsea Nachamie knew before Port Washington's Nassau Class A semifinal field hockey game against East Meadow that it wasn't just the senior's last home game for the Vikings.
It also marked the final home game for 12th-year coach Joe Lederer.
"I started crying when I found out, even though I won't be here next year," Nachamie, a senior forward, said. "He's one of my favorite coaches."
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Nachamie's unassisted goal in the 43rd minute enabled Lederer to enjoy a successful send-off in the Vikings' 2-1 win over No. 3 East Meadow (3-9-1) Wednesday.
"For me, it's the last time on this field. The big memory I have is the girls who have played this game that gave their all when it came to their dedication and their work ethic," said Lederer, who will guide No. 2 Port Washington (5-7) into the title game against top-seed Massapequa (10-3) for the third straight time at 4 p.m. Sunday at Adelphi. "For these girls to play as well as they did, I am proud of them."
Jina Lay put Lederer in a good mood early on when the junior forward took a feed from Nachamie and sent in a reverse sweep in the 24th minute to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead at halftime.
"Chelsea took it down the field and I knew I had to get open for her," Lay said. "No one was on me and she gave me the perfect pass. The only way I was going to score was on a reverse sweep."
Nachamie then made it 2-0 on an unassisted goal in the 43rd minute, which turned out to be the difference once East Meadow's Lexus Turrisi scored off an assist from Amanda Romeo in the 48th minute.
"We had a bunch of corner shots that we needed to finish," Jets coach Courtney Castle said. "The girls have been working hard on corners and I think we did better today than during the season. It was a well-fought game. They left it all on the field."
"I really wanted this game," Turrisi said. "We all did. We thought about scoring too much instead of just slamming our sticks."
Vikings senior midfielder Carolyn Rybecky wanted this game for someone really special.
"This game meant so much to us," Rybecky said. "I've been with coach for three years now and it's really special to help him. It will mean the world to him to win the next one."