Opening your post-season without allowing a shot on the defensive end is a pretty good start.
Top-seeded Sachem East earned its 11th shutout this year behind a strong defensive stand against No. 9 Lindenhurst in a 2-0 win Wednesday afternoon in the Suffolk County Class A field hockey quarterfinals.
Sachem (16-1) advances to the semifinals, which takes place Monday, November 7 at home against No. 4 Bay Shore.
“We knew they were a team that was very aggressive, who likes to hit the ball, so we went through a lot of that in practice and worked on our footwork,” said Sachem coach Tina Moon.
Sachem netted its first goal of the game when Kayla McKeveny scored at the 24:08 mark of the first half. Kim Fazio added to Sachem’s lead in the second half with a goal at 22:12. Katie Trombetta assisted on both.
Sachem was dormant for a week, having played its final regular season game on October 26 against Northport, which Moon said accounted for somewhat of a “frazzled” first half.
“We were pumped up,” she said. “We haven’t played in a little bit, so we were anxious with our opportunities. This was a good opportunity for us to get that all out of the way. Next game we'll find openings to capitalize on with better shots.”
Sam Alvino and Jordan Miller combined for the shutout in net. Sachem out shot Lindenhurst, 11-0.