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Sep 10, 2019 12:42 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Lady Canes Soccer Continues To Find Its Way In Division II

Westhampton Beach junior Ellen Floegel fends of Pierson senior Louise DiPaolo. DREW BUDD
Sep 10, 2019 12:58 PM

The Westhampton Beach girls soccer team continues to go through the ups and downs of Division II.

After suffering a 3-1 non-league loss at Rocky Point to open the season on September 3, the Lady Hurricanes stormed right back with a 9-0 victory in their home opener over Pierson/Bridgehampton on Thursday, September 5. But back at home on Saturday afternoon, the Lady Canes suffered a 2-0 loss to Bayport/Blue Point.

The switch from a league to a power-ranked division setup has been two-fold for Westhampton Beach since the county did it last season: It defeats the teams it should handily, but has a hard time against the higher-ranked teams. That leads to a situation it faced last season, when it had a winning record but not enough power points to reach the postseason.

Westhampton Beach head coach Erika Habersaat said that it can be tricky going through a schedule with such varying levels of competition, but she’s proud of the way her young team has played thus far, regardless.

“If we can keep practices before games intense, that should help,” she said. “I’m hoping that we remain in competitive games with some of the stronger teams on our schedule.”

The Lady Canes were only trailing Bayport by a goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the game but the Lady Phantoms, undefeated at 3-0 in the early going this season and leading Division II with 115.20 power points, tacked on another late goal to secure the victory. Jade Merrell did a good job of keeping Westhampton Beach in the game with seven saves.

Westhampton Beach had its way with Pierson last week with seven different scorers finding the back of the net. Olivia Rongo and Molly McCarthy each scored twice while Ella Dunathan, Trinity Valenzuela, Elizabeth Knieriemen, Isabella Giacchetto and Caroline Henke each scored as well. Henke also scored the lone goal in the loss at Rocky Point.

The Lady Canes played at Southampton on Tuesday and will have six days off in between their next game on Monday, September 16, when they host Shoreham/Wading River at 4 p.m.

Boys

The Westhampton Beach boys soccer team lost its first two games of the season, a 4-0 loss at Elwood/John Glenn on Thursday, September 5, and a 3-1 loss at home to Bayport/Blue Point on Saturday morning.

Andre Insalaco scored the Hurricanes first goal of the season early in the first half on Saturday, but the Phantoms scored three unanswered goals in the second half, two from Chris Costa, to go on to the victory.

The Canes played at Shoreham on Tuesday and will host Amityville this Thursday, September 12, at 4 p.m. before playing at Sayville on Monday, September 16, at 4 p.m.

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