Girls’ Soccer Corners Playoff Berth

Sam Fraembs, Reporter

The Wantagh Girls Varsity Soccer team kicked off a great season with new coach Mr. Polo and captains Tara Basile, Kim Quigley, Brenna Smith, and Kate Sneddon. Coach Polo and the close-knit team of 31 girls are determined to turn Wantagh into a girls soccer powerhouse and be #1 in their conference. With an impressive conference record of 5-2-3, plus a non-league win against Seaford, the Lady Warriors have a good chance of attaining this goal.

Despite an extremely young starting lineup, Wantagh has led an extremely successful season so far. The team’s hard work and cooperation has led to many exciting victories, including a shocking win over Conference IV (A1) Seaford, and a comeback victory against Manhasset (featured on MSG Varsity). The girls’ hard work was especially evident in their games against Floral Park, Bethpage and Seaford. Wantagh started off their season with a bang with a 4 goal victory over Floral Park.

Eight grader Francesca Venezia scored 3 goals in a phenomenal first varsity game. Goals from Jordan Klapper, Brenna Connolly, and Nikki Sliwak , and assists from Kaitlin Kingston and Kaitlyn Cerasi pushed the game to a final score of 6-2. Wantagh goalies Sara Von Dolln and Brenna Smith saved a total of 7 goals. Another impressive win against Bethpage left Wantagh with a record of 3-1-2 and contributed to their 4 game winning streak. Goals from Francesca Venezia and Kate Sneddon and an assist from Alex Diaks, as well as excellent defense from goalie Brenna Smith, ensured that Wantagh would end up on top. Wantagh truly proved their skills in their 2-0 victory against rival team Seaford. Although it didn’t count towards the team’s conference record, the team had a fantastic game with goals from Kaitlin Kingston and Kaitlyn Cerasi. Goalie Brenna Smith made an impressive 8 saves in the shut out. Each player, whether dribbling the ball down the field or cheering from the sidelines, is vital to Wantagh’s continuing success.

Wantagh is currently in 3rd place in Conference V (A2), behind Island Trees and Clarke. The Lady Warriors are excited and determined to dominate in playoffs.