A lot can change in a field hockey game in a matter of seconds.
Clarkstown South head coach Jordan Turner especially knows this.
Before Friday’s Class A quartefinal game against sixth-seeded Suffern, Turner showed his team footage from a men’s field hockey match between Germany and New Zealand in an Olympic semifinal match at Rio, a game in which the Kiwis scored twice in the last 40 seconds to pull a sudden win.
Turner’s team would pull a shock of their own against Suffern, getting a goal from sophomore Annie O’Neill with 17 seconds left in regulation to break a scoreless deadlock and advance the semifinals in thrilling fashion on a 1-0 win.
“This year’s team is one of the finest groups I have had the opportunity to coach, as both athletes and people, and they have won more games than any other South team,” Turner said. “Its been at least since the early 90’s, and maybe before, that a South team has gone this far.”
With 45 seconds left, Clarkstown South quickly brought the ball up out of a timeout. Center midfielder Colleen Geyer brought the ball into the circle and sent a pass to Dara Studnitzer on the left, who then sent the ball around the stroke mark to O’Neill for the winning goal.
“It was combination of connecting on a whole bunch of passes and pushing it in,” Turner said. “It was hard; we made some great shots, but their goalie was a wall.”
Jackie McDonnell made eight saves for Clarkstown South for the shutout, while Suffern’s Alyssa Sanchez made 10 saves in the losing effort.
Clarkstown South, the third-seed in the tournament, will play at second-seeded Scarsdale in the semifinals on Saturday.
Croton 2, Valhalla 0: In a Class C semifinal game at No. 2 Croton, Teagan Burke and Maggie Dymes both scored first-half goals in a win over the No. 3 Vikings. Croton will play No. 1 Bronxville in the Class C final on Tuesday.
Bronxville 4, North Salem 0: In a Class C semifinal game at No. 1 Bronxville, Ellie Walsh had two goals for the hosts, with Kat Ungvary and Hadley Barr rounding out the scoring. For No. 4 North Salem, Olivia DeSanto had three saves. Bronxville will play No. 2 Croton in the final on Tuesday.
Scarsdale 5, Mahopac 2: In a Class A quarterfinal game at No. 2 Scarsdale, Erin Nicholas had two goals and an assist and Jilly Mehlman scored twice for the hosts, while Brianna Corace, and Kim Brower scored for No. 10 Mahopac. Scarsdale will host No. 3 Clarkstown South in the semifinals on Saturday.
Mamaroneck 7, Clarkstown North 2: In a Class A quarterfinal game at No. 1 Mamaroneck, JV sophomore call-up Giselle Ciulla had two goals and an assist in her varsity debut for the Tigers. Elizabeth Brisette added two goals and an assist, while Paige Danehy had four assists. For ninth-seeded Clarkstown North, Jocelyn Kaminsky and Maureen Donegan scored. Mamaroneck will host No. 5 Horace Greeley in the semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Horace Greeley 3, Fox Lane 2: In a Class A quarterfinal game at No. 4 Fox Lane, Lauren Neff scored twice for No. 5 Horace Greeley, with Fiona Grant adding a goal and an assist. Caitlin Brown and Kayla Gallagher scored for the hosts. Horace Greeley will play at No. 1 Mamaroneck in the semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m.