Senior goalie Charlotte Johnson has stood on her head at times to keep the Pierson/Bridgehampton field hockey team alive in big games. On Saturday against Carle Place, her head was spinning instead.
Five players scored goals in the first half alone as the two-time defending Long Island champion Frogs went on to win the Long Island Class C Championship, 7-0, at Berner Middle School in Massapequa on Saturday, November 3.
Carle Place (10-3) advanced in the New York State tournament and will compete in the Class C Final Four at Williamsville North High School outside Buffalo next weekend.
It was clear from the opening whistle that the Lady Whalers, whose starting lineup is filled with underclassmen and even middle school players, were outmatched. The Frogs put a shot on goal less than 30 seconds into the game and freshman Giana McKeough scored the game’s first goal off a corner with just two-and-a-half minutes expired.
From there, the floodgates opened and the Frogs secured corner after corner and led by four goals at the midway point of the first half. After going into the break leading 6-0, Carle Place senior Skylar Reed scored her third goal of the game with 25:25 remaining to provide the final margin. The Frogs continued to attack and finished the game with 29 shots on goal and 18 corners, while the Lady Whalers managed just a single shot all game.
It was a difficult end to an otherwise remarkable career for Johnson in goal. She helped lead the Lady Whalers to the state semifinals as a freshman in 2015, but then lost to the Frogs in each of the next three seasons. Unlike Saturday’s lopsided loss, though, the previous games were close, largely thanks to Johnson, who made 39 combined saves in the previous two Long Island finals. She made 22 saves on Saturday, finished her career with more than 700 and will continue her field hockey career next year at Duke University, one of the top Division I programs in America.
Schaefer, an All-State midfielder who will play field hockey next year at Lehigh University, will also graduate along with defenders Sophia Bitis and Olivia Auperlee.