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Oct 9, 2018 7:02 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Upcoming Week Could Decide Postseason Fate For Westhampton Beach Soccer Teams

Westhampton Beach senior co-captain Madison Steedman and Southampton's Angely Ramirez go up for the ball. DREW BUDD
Oct 9, 2018 4:50 PM

This is a big week for the Westhampton Beach girls soccer team.If they can win the majority of their final four games of the season, the Lady Hurricanes (4-5 Division II, 5-5-1 overall, 104.74 power points) will be in a good position to secure one of the final playoff spots in the Suffolk County Class A playoffs. They hosted Elwood/John Glenn (3-6 Division II, 101.25) on Wednesday and Bayport/Blue Point (6-3-1 Division II, 7-3-1 overall, 118.08) on Friday. Westhampton Beach will play at Center Moriches (3-6 Division II, 88.19) on Monday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. before hosting Amityville (1-10 Division II, 45.17) in its regular season finale on October 17 at 6 p.m.

The Lady Canes put themselves in position to snag a playoff spot by winning their last three games, the latest being a 5-0 victory at Southampton on Friday. Senior Jemma Spitaleri put Westhampton Beach ahead when she lofted the ball high over the Southampton goalie’s head and through her outstretched arms to give her team a 1-0 lead 5:45 into the contest. The Lady Canes sat on that lead into halftime but then broke out for four goals in the second half. Seniors Dianna Glaser and Cassidy Canberg each scored a pair of goals in the half. Junior goalie Jade Merrell only faced four shots throughout the game for the shutout.

Westhampton Beach head coach Erika Habersaat said after the game that her team started to play a little more wide than down the middle in the second half and it led to the scoring outburst. “We do well when the ball is on the ground and we can pass and move it around. We need the space so we just opened up more space for ourselves.”

Before their win at Southampton, the Lady Canes won, 7-0, at Pierson/Bridgehampton on October 3 and defeated Mattituck/Southold/Greenport, 3-0, at home on October 1. Prior to those wins, Westhampton Beach lost, 6-0, at Half Hollow Hills West on September 26 and 2-1 at Eastport South Manor on September 24. Lopsided games have been typical for the Lady Canes this season, and Habersaat is hoping that her players can stabilize themselves going into the final stretch of the season. “You have to find a way to mentally prepare for each [game],” she said.

Boys

A 2-1 victory at Islip on October 2 and a 1-1 tie at home against Miller Place on Thursday, October 4, have kept the Westhampton Beach boys soccer team alive in their pursuit of a postseason berth into the Suffolk County Class A playoffs. The Hurricanes are 5-5-1 in League V (5-6-2 overall) and need to finish the season with a .500 record or better to qualify for the playoffs.

Matt Canavan and Andre Insalaco each scored in the first half to lead the Canes to victory over Islip. Faith Mete made six saves. Westhampton Beach found itself down, 1-0, late in the second half against Miller Place last week but Canavan scored the equalizer with 2:15 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Westhampton Beach played at East Hampton on Tuesday and will play at Rocky Point on Thursday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. It will host Wyandanch in its regular season finale on October 16 at 4:30 p.m.

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