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Nassau Class A girls soccer finals preview

Division's Alexa Schneider watches the action down field

Division's Alexa Schneider watches the action down field against South Side. (Oct. 3, 2011) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Division and South Side, the top two teams in Nassau Class A all season, will face off for the third time in the finals Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Denton Ave. Park. Division won the first meeting, 2-0, and the second game was a 1-1 tie.

Chrisitna Klaum has been on fire in the playoffs for South Side, with two hat tricks in the opening two rounds and the lone goal in the semifinals. Both teams have very strong defenses and very good keepers so scoring chances should be at a premium in this county final.

No. 1 Division (14-0-3, Conference A-I champions)
No. 2 South Side (10-2-4)

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Denton Ave. Park
Head-to-head Record: Division won 2-0 (10/3) and the teams tied 1-1 (10/24)
Division has never won a county title
South Side has won 22 county titles (last in 2009)
Winner advances to play winner of the Suffolk Class A championship between No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point and No. 5 Islip in the Long Island Class A championship on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Denton Ave. Park (Please note time change from 4:30 to 5)

defeated No. 16 Glen Cove, 8-0, in the first round
defeated No. 8 Island Trees, 3-0, in the quarterfinals
defeated No. 5 Plainedge, 3-1, in the semifinals
Coach: Steve Kissane
Top scorers: Maggie Carew (10 goals, 4 assists), Krista Fitzpatrick (8 goals, 20 assists)
Goalkeeper(s): Gina Fader (11 shutouts)
Record last five games: 4-0-1
Record vs. playoff teams: 14-0-3
Win(s) of note: vs. Island Trees (11/1), at South Side 2-0 (10/3)
Objectionable loss(es)/tie(s): at Plainedge 0-0 (10/11)

South Side:
defeated No. 15 Lynbrook, 6-0, in the first round
defeated No. 10 Wantagh, 3-0, in the quarterfinals
defeated No. 3 Garden City, 1-0, in the semifinals
Coach: Shannon McEntee
Top scorers: Christina Klaum (16 goals, 5 assists)
Goalkeeper(s): Kelsey Berki (6 shutouts)
Record last five games: 3-0-2
Record vs. playoff teams: 11-2-4
Win(s)/tie(s) of note: vs Sacred Heart 1-1 (9/9) at Massapequa 1-1 (10/1), at Division 1-1 (10/24)
Objectionable loss(es): at New Hyde Park 1-1 (10/25)

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