Doherty's 2 goals spur Sachem East to title
It was mere coincidence -- the song had been cued as warmup music for the game that followed. But, boy, how fitting it seemed that Fabolous' "It's my Time" blared from the Newfield speakers as Sachem East skipped off the field Thursday.
A year after losing an overtime heartbreaker in the same round to the same opponent on the same field, Sachem East defeated Ward Melville, 5-0, to capture its first Suffolk Class A field hockey championship.
Quite simply, it was their time.
"Losing last year helped us this year," said Katie Doherty, who scored twice. "It's something that drove us. This season just felt special; it definitely felt like it was our turn."
Kristen Bagley had a goal, and Jordan Miller (two saves) and Samantha Alvino (one) combined for the shutout as top-seeded Sachem East avenged last year's 1-0 loss and dethroned the five-time defending champions.
"We came so close last year and we almost had it," Flaming Arrows coach Tina Moon said. "We were determined to win . . . We're determined to go all the way."
Eighth-grader Cara Trombetta put Sachem East (18-1) on the board, scoring off a drive-and-dish pass from her sophomore sister, Katie, at 18:29 of the first half. Andre' Bongiorno had two saves for No. 3 WM (14-5). Sachem East faces Massapequa in the LI final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stony Brook. "Getting to see Ward Melville again in this game and then playing so well to take home the championship," Katie said, "the timing couldn't have been better." Well, after all, it was their time.
Sayville 5, Babylon 0: Olivia Cabral had a goal to lead Suffolk Class B champion Sayville (19-0) over Suffolk C champ Babylon. Both teams will compete in their Long Island finals Saturday at Stony Brook.