With Wantagh looking for a win to get its season back on track, Jordyn Klapper and her teammates delivered in a big way Wednesday.
Klapper had a goal and an assist to lead the Warriors in a 3-1 win over visiting Island Trees in a Nassau Conference AB-I girls soccer match on a rainy afternoon.
Nikki Sliwak and Amanda Profera also scored for Wantagh (5-2-1) before Katie Paz scored for Island Trees (3-4-1) off a free kick four minutes later.
"We hit a rough patch last week, so I think that this win was very important," Klapper said. After an unbeaten start to conference play, Wantagh went 0-2-1 in its previous three matches.
Wantagh opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Profera won a ball in the air inside the penalty area and headed it down for Klapper, who fired a shot over the goalkeeper's head and into the net.
"She's a difference-maker," Wantagh coach James Polo said. "She's a talent, and the University of Vermont is going to get a very good player."
Wantagh made it 2-0 28 seconds before halftime. Right back Tori Flaherty, who played a strong game on both ends, ran up the right flank and crossed for Sliwak, who got a touch on the ball and put it past the goalkeeper.
For Sliwak, it was a familiar play.
"Yesterday in practice, we practiced that and I had a header off of it," the midfielder said. "I was looking for that today, but whatever I did today worked, too."
"I had a ton of space on the right side," Flaherty said. "I took the space and I saw the back post was open, and I sent it over."
"Flaherty did a very nice job of playing team defense and making some nice runs," Polo said.
Ten minutes into the second half, Klapper and Profera struck again, this time with Klapper playing the role of provider. Klapper darted through the middle of the field and played a pass into space for Profera, whose strike toward the far post made it 3-0.
"We play really well together," Profera said of Klapper. "We've been playing since we were younger, so we trust each other."
"We've been playing since PAL and we really just get each other," Klapper said. "When she goes, I know she's going, and vice versa."