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Leftovers: Nassau Class C Final
Here are some leftover notes and quotes from North Shore’s 14-13 win over Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau Class C final on Wednesday at Adelphi. You can check out the game story here – if you haven’t already – and then scroll down for the good stuff we couldn’t squeeze into the paper.
Amanda Johansen had seven goals and two assists to lead North Shore.
Coming from behind to beat Cold Spring Harbor: “The way we started the game was disappointing. We had worked so hard and it felt like it was all slipping away. But I have so much confidence in my team and I know what kind of potential we have. We put our all on the field and it ended up going our way.
When Meghan Brennan scored with 1:24 left in the second overtime: “We’ve gotta keep that lead. We worked so hard to get it, and we were going to do anything to keep them from scoring.
Johansen had the assist on Micaela Dussel’s tying goal with 40.4 seconds left in regulation. On a free position, Dussel set up about 10 yards left of the goal and Johansen tossed her a lob pass at the whistle. Dussel drove inside, pump-faked, and then shot one into the right corner from close range. “I have so much confidence in her,” Johansen said. “I’ve been playing with her for four years and I believed that she would make that shot.”
Vikings senior defender Cara Dellavecchia
Being county champs again: “It feels amazing. We’ve been working hard since I don’t know. And the fact that we had to come from behind against two opponents makes it even better. Nothing compares.”
North Shore had also rallied from down 12-10 in the final minutes to beat Seaford, 13-12, in the semifinals.
The feeling after scoring that goal? “It was incredible. I tried to keep my mind clear the whole game, but thinking back now, it was a great experience and I wouldn’t trade it.”
Winning back-to-back county titles and avenging the Cold Spring Harbor loss in the process: “It’s the best feeling in the world. We knew we had to perform. It’s hard to beat a team twice, and we had some confidence knowing that. We knew what we had to do and we came back and beat them.”
Micaela Dussel tied the score at 13 with 40.4 seconds left in regulation.
“It was nerve-racking, but it was comforting knowing my teammates support me,” Dussel said of that goal. “We only had a little bit of time left, so we wanted to score right there… Amanda had the free position and I was near the goal. She’s a great player and she makes things happen. She found me open and I was able to score.”
Cold Spring Harbor coach Danielle Skakandi
Dominating early and eventually losing in heartbreaking fashion. What’s the mood of the team now? “We’re devastated. You come out on fire, go up 7-1, and you take it to a good team like North Shore and you get excited. But that’s the thing, you have to remain composed. We knew we weren’t going to win this game by five or six goals. That’s what we talked about at halftime, that they were going to come back. It was going to be a battle, and probably a one-goal game again. And when it’s a battle, you have to possess the ball and take care of it. We didn’t do that. We had five or six freshmen on the field and I think next year, with the experience, they’ll be better for it.”
After Johansen’s seventh goal pulled North Shore to within 13-11 with 3:18 remaining, Cold Spring Harbor won the draw and went into their stall offense. The Seahawks drained about two minutes off the clock, but then took a chance. They threw a long pass back to their own territory (presumably, with the goal of making North Shore, already tied, have to recover and chase toward the other end, thus killing some extra seconds. A second pass, however, went out of bounds along the far sideline and North Shore regained possession with 1:02 left. Tess Korten scored seven seconds later to pull the Vikings within 1.
“It was a designed play,” Skakandi said. “It happened prematurely, though. We went to it too early, it got sloppy and we turned it over. We didn’t take care of the ball there, but it wasn’t one person’s fault. You try something a little risky and sometimes it works in your favor and sometimes it doesn’t. That time it backfired.”
** My apologies to Cold Spring Harbor’s Jean Atkinson. In the newspaper article it credits one of her goals to teammate Courtney Burke. The Seahawks roster in the programs didn’t have the jersey numbers aligned with the names (each name was one line above its corresponding number), but knowing that beforehand, I should’ve been more careful. That was my error and I sincerely apologize. It’s been corrected in the web version.