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Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015: Garden City survives Burnt Hills field hockey rally

   Leading off today: Devon Heaney scored the lone goal in penalty strokes to give Garden City a 4-3 win in the NYSPHSAA Class B field hockey semifinals after Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had rallied from a three-goal deficit Saturday.

   The Trojans are booked for a Sunday title-game rematch with six-time defending champion Lakeland.

   Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake tied the score when junior Danielle Kempf scored on a penalty corner with four minutes left in regulation. Michaela Bruno took a penalty stroke minutes later, but shot wide and Garden City failed to score on a penalty corner in the final seconds of regulation.

   Garden City had two chances in the final two minutes of overtime and missed a corner at the end of the second OT.

   "It was very exciting," Heaney told Newsday. "Everyone was very nervous going into it, but we knew one team would come out as the winner and we wanted to be that one team. We all put the tears and a negative attitude aside and had a positive attitude going into the shootout."

   Garden City owned a 3-0 lead with 13 minutes left in the opening half of regulation. Elise Zwicklbauer put home a goal late in the first half off an assist from Kempf. Five corners in the first five minutes of the second half started shifting momentum to the Spartans, and Courtney Kruzikas' deflection on a corner made it 3-2.

   The frantic comeback may have left Garden City reeling, but it also drained Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

   "Really," Spartans coach Kelly Vrooman told The Daily Gazette, "we were spent."

   NYSPHSAA soccer story lines: Section 11 has advanced a total of four teams into Sunday's soccer championships in Middletown (boys) and Cortland (girls).

   Among those advancing was Port Jefferson, a veteran squad that scored a 4-1 win against Caledonia-Mumford in the girls Class C semifinals. Junior Brittany Fazin, a transfer this fall from Sachem North, scored a pair of goals to help set up a final vs. Elmira Notre Dame.    Port Jefferson returned its roster intact after losing to Bronxville 3-0 in the 2014 Class B championship game.

   "Last year, we went farther than we thought we could," junior Jillian Colucci told Newsday. "It brought us even closer. This year, we already have the chemistry, and we want to go home as champions."

   Suffolk County's other girls finalist is Class A Islip, a 1-0 winner over Williamsville East thanks to a goal with 1:23 to play.

   Lyndsey Sparks settled the ball inside the top of the box and fired a shot that hit the far post. The ball deflected off goalkeeper Sarah Panepento and rolled toward the goal line, where Dominique Bono followed up the shot and popped in the rebound. Afterwards, the on-field officials confirmed Sparks' shot did cross the goal line and would have stood up as a goal even if Bono hadn't made the split-second follow-up.

   "It doesn't matter who scored," Bono said. "This means a lot because Islip has never come this far."


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  •    The Section 11 boys teams advancing to the finals were Walt Whitman in Class AA and Amityville in Class A.

       Walt Whitman's semifinal vs. Hilton qualified as the wild Section 11 win of the day. Witman Hernandez had three goals, Michael Lorello scored two and Anthony Palazzolo added a goal and an assist during a 7-3 triumph.

       Hernandez broke a 1-1 tie after taking a feed from Jonathan Consolo down the left side and beating Hilton goalkeeper Brian Wilkins 1-on-1. Hernandez landed awkwardly after unleashing his shot and had to leave for a few minutes to be checked out.

       By the time he returned, Whitman had taken a 3-1 lead on Blake Aronson's goal with 15:36 left in the half. Jeffrey Hibbard cut it to 3-2 for Hilton, but Hernandez scored his second goal three minutes later.

       CHSAA action: The St. Anthony's girls soccer team will play on home turf Sunday for the CHSAA state title against Christ the King. The Friars defeated Buffalo Sacred Heart 2-0 in a semifinal Saturday to move within a victory of defending their title.

       Sabrina Cristodero opened the scoring from 15 yards out with 14:33 remaining in the first half. Less than six minutes later, Kayla Arestivo led Miranda Ozimek, who beat a defender and connected from close range.

       In Sunday's boys final, Canisius squares off with Chaminade. Canisius beat Fordham Prep 1-0 in the semifinals Friday as Maxwell Montante scored early in the first half. Chaminade eliminated Archbishop Molloy, 3-0 as Matt Vowinkel scored twice.

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