NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Paige Werlau knew what she needed to do with the clock winding down in a tie game with Brewster last Friday.
With ice in her veins, Werlau buried a goal on an eight-meter attempt as time expired to propel North Salem to a thrilling 17-16 win over visiting Brewster on April 15.
The Tigers gained possession with just over three minutes left and Werlau said that they knew they needed to keep possession for as long as possible.
“The final goal was a huge team effort not only by the players on the field but the girls on the sidelines,” Werlau said. “We were waiting for the perfect opportunity to get a goal and hold off on losing the ball in the draw. The sideline was able to help me determine how much time was left in the game so we could execute the perfect time for a goal.”
Werlau, a senior, finished with seven goals and two assists, while her sister Lydia, a junior, tallied six goals.
“To have a sister is like having a best friend by your side 24/7,” Paige said. “We practice together all the time and we’re able to read each other pretty easily. We’ve learned to play together and know what the other is going to do at almost any minute of the game. This definitely helps when it comes to game time and knowing when the other is going to go to the hole or just dump the ball.”
Freshman Grace Curran added three goals in the victory.
“It’s a challenge for our team to compete with larger schools than us like Brewster,” Paige said. “They are a much bigger school than North Salem and this game was able to get the team hyped up and show us we have the ability to compete with larger and more competitive schools.”
North Salem edged host Hendrick Hudson 10-8 on April 13 behind five goals from Paige. Lydia Werlau netted two goals, while Curran, Hannah Pastore and Amira Flayhan notched a goal apiece.
Kiera McCarthy made five saves in between the pipes to preserve the win.
After starting the season 1-3, picking up wins over some tough competition in Brewster and Hen Hud is a step in the right direction for the now 3-3 Tigers.
“These wins were really huge to the team,” Paige Werlau said. “It built up confidence for many of our players and their ability to do different things. Our defense has been unstoppable which has played a huge role in our wins this season. Hen Hud was an important game because they are both in our league and class so there is a potential we could meet up with them again. We definitely learned from our mistakes at Hen Hud and corrected them in the Brewster game.”
North Salem travelled to Lakeland/Panas on April 20, will host Bronxville at 4:30 p.m. on April 22 and travels to Horace Greeley at the same time on April 25.