Some of the things said following Friends Academy's 6-0 win over Great Neck South on Tuesday.
Quakers defender Jalisa Clark
Shutout: “It felt really good to have solid defense. Between Steph, Katie and myself, it worked out well.
Finally getting a win: “It feels good, but we still need to remember that there are other good teams out there and we have to play hard.”
Chloe Friedman scored three girls for her first career hat trick.
Dominant performance: “We played well, and we did it as a team, so it was really exciting.”
Rebounding from the 0-5 start: “We’re playing a lot better now. We communicated better and [we were] running a lot more, getting to the ball. Just knowing where everyone else is on the field.”
First hat trick: “I’m really happy. In the beginning of the season I couldn’t get my goals in, but we worked hard and today I came through. I’m excited.”
Erica Sklar had three goals and an assist to lead the Quakers
Three-goal game: “I missed a few in the beginning and I was getting frustrated, but I kept my head in the game and kept going.”
Scoring outburst: “It’s good, but it’s not all me. My team did a great job behind me. They brought the ball up fast and they were setting me up… I had two 1-v-1s. There was one with me and the goalie, and I deflected it because it was going right to her. And the other one, I dodged the goalie and put it in.”
Savannah Febesh had two assists.
Assessment of the team’s performance: “It was frustrating early on; I think we were a little frazzled. But we pulled it together, and in the second half we came out really strong.”
Febesh showcased a couple slick shots in the game, including a reverse chip and reverse sweep: “I’ve used it more this year just because I’ve been training a lot. I’m gonna play in college next year so I’ve been working more on different skills to make sure I’m ready.”
The absence of junior forward Bride Gahan: “It’s tough. She was a big help to the team; she’s got a knack for the goal. We miss her a lot… She just came out of surgery and we’re hoping she makes a speedy recovery. Last year during lacrosse season she didn’t play – and she’s an amazing lacrosse player as well. It just hurt her to walk, so she couldn’t make it out this season.”
Starting 0-5 after going 13-3-1 last year: “Last year we’d only lost three [seniors] so it was easier to transition. This year, it’s working with more new people and making sure everyone’s skills work together.”
Friends Academy coach Christine Botti
Sklar and Friedman’s big games: “It’s good, and that’s what we want from them. That’s why they’re on the forward line.”
The victory: “It’s been a while since we had a game (Friends’ previous game was Sept. 26), and we got off to a slow start, but we picked it up... Getting a win feels good. We wanted to play at our speed and our tempo. That was a measure we were looking for today, to see if we could play our game and do the things we needed to do.”
Rebounding from the slow start: “We didn’t win the games, but we played with them. And when you’re playing against the best teams in the county, to be within a goal is an accomplishment. Is it nice to get a win on the board? Yes. But we know what we’re capable of. We have a lot of young girls on the team. We have a mix of new and veteran players. The seniors are taking the lead and the new girls are easing into their positions and blending in.”