Tornadoes’ Post-Season Runs Ended
In their first playoff appearance in the post-season in five years, the Harborfields Tornadoes had the misfortune of blowing right into a buzz saw.
Their cross-town rivals, the John Glenn Knights, knocked out the Tornadoes in a 5-0 shutout Oct. 31 in the Class A quarterfinals. Glenn will face top seed Sayville in the Class A county finals Thursday.
The Knights’ precision and persistence finding the back of the net was on full display in the quarterfinal. The victory was powered by the Knights peppering the Tornadoes’ goal early and often; by the 30th minute, Glenn was already ahead 4-0. Harborfields keeper Lucas Mallia made 11 saves in the Tornadoes’ loss.
The Tornadoes were steady all season long, alternating wins and losses to end up at a .500 record in the regular season, which earned them a no. 6 seed in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Lady Tornadoes defeated Miller Place Oct. 29 to earn their way to the semifinals, but they were thwarted by no. 2 Islip Nov. 1 in a 2-0 shutout.
Against Miller Place, the Tornadoes scored twice early on the power of Caroline Wallace and Olivia DeLuca goals. However, with 25 minutes to go, Miller Place tied the score at 2 and sent the game into extended play, where Emily Hahm scored the game-winner in double-overtime. Evy Constant and Melissa Greaves each contributed assists in the victory, while keepers Gabbi Espinoza and Noelle Ferrara each made three saves.
The ladies were strong throughout the 2013 season, earning a no. 3 berth in the playoffs on the strength of an 8-4 record in League V.