Pam Schenck lifts Center Moriches in double overtime to win Class B LI title
Pam Schenck is entering the zone.
On the bus ride to the game Saturday, there may as well have been a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on Schenck's seat.
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"I wanted to sit in silence," Schenck said. "I just went into a zone because I knew I was going to have to work as hard as I could. Whether it was my last game or not, I wanted it to be one of my best."
Turns out the player who wanted some quiet time before the game was the one who produced the loudest moment during it.
Schenck scored with 22 seconds left in the second overtime to lift Center Moriches to a 2-1 win over Wheatley in the Long Island Class B girls soccer championship at Tully Park.
"She's been trying so hard to score," Alexandria Krauss said of Schenck. "So it was great to see her be the one that got it."
Claire Brady sent a cross from the right wing to Schenck, who charged through the box and got a touch on the ball to deflect it into the net.
Paige Volkmann opened the scoring with a beautiful goal of her own late in regulation.
With the net empty after the keeper came out to challenge, Volkmann got a foot on the ball as she was on the ground and managed to place it in the net for a 1-0 lead with 4:24 left.
"I was so determined," she said. "I just swung my leg and kicked it in."
Wheatley was awarded a penalty kick after a push in the box with about one minute remaining. Adena Bernot fired into the left corner to tie the score at 1 and force overtime.
Alana Leahy nearly gave Wheatley the lead on a shot from the right wing late in the first overtime, but Megan Ricci punched the ball over the crossbar for one of her eight saves.
"We just stayed composed," defender Catherine Ringhoff said. "We have wanted this for a very long time."
Center Moriches advances to the state semifinals at 5 p.m. Saturday at Cortland University. On the bus ride upstate, Schenck will get about four hours to enter her zone.
"My mind was everywhere in the last few seconds of the game," she said. "I just knew I had to get the ball in the net to finish it off."
And break the silence.