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Sophia Urrutia's shootout goal gives Carle Place rare win over Garden City in field hockey

Carle Place goalie Lydia Rice makes a save

Carle Place goalie Lydia Rice makes a save during practice on Oct. 23, 2013. Credit: James Escher

Carle Place's 1-0 field hockey victory over Garden City on Saturday wasn't the ordinary non-league win.

"This is huge," coach Carol Nesdill said after the overtime shootout. "We've never beaten Garden City."

Not many teams have the last few years.

Garden City (7-1) hadn't lost to a Long Island team since Nov. 11, 2012, when Manhasset beat the Trojans, 1-0, in the Nassau Class B final. Sachem East was the last team to defeat Garden City in the regular season, back on Oct. 8, 2012.

Lydia Rice, who made five saves in regulation, stopped the last three Garden City attempts in the second set of the shootout to set up Sophia Urrutia's winner in the bottom of the fifth.

"It was unreal," Rice said. "The feeling that overcame all of us, we were so excited. It just pushed our season forward. Just knowing we can beat teams like Garden City, it boosted our confidence like crazy."

Garden City coach Diane Chapman praised Rice's play in goal, adding that her team learned from the loss.

"You schedule non-league games that you think are going to help you," she said. "Moving forward we just have to make sure we go in at the start with the intensity we need. Every game is a learning experience whether you win or lose."

And for Carle Place, this non-league win helped more than most others.

"It doesn't mean anything in terms of [standings]," Nesdill said, "but it means a lot in terms of respect."

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