CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.— North Salem is putting it all together at the right time, capping its regular season with a 13-5 win over host Horace Greeley on Thursday, May 12. The Tigers now head into sectionals with an 11-5 record and this latest victory as a momentum builder.
“It was a good win going into sectionals,” North Salem coach Christine Werlau said. “They all played their role and they individually had good games.”
North Salem trailed in the early going, but recovered to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
“A lot of it is also maturity on the field,” Werlau said. “We have some girls that this is their first time playing on a varsity team so it has taken some time to start clicking, especially offensively. I think they’re starting to read each other better and the defense is having confidence in each other.”
Two of those first six goals were scored by senior midfielder Paige Werlau, who had a game-high four goals. Her sister, junior midfielder Lydia Werlau also added three goals of her own and freshman Grace Curran poured in two goals coupled with two assists.
“I keep telling them to keep it simple,” coach Werlau said. “If they just keep it simple, do the things that we are working on, they are going to be successful. Our girls are ready and this is it.”
Coach Werlau was proud of the performance of her defense after allowing three goals in the first half and two goals in the second. Muiread Heffernan helped anchor that defense.
“Coming into the game we knew who all their strong players were,” Heffernan said, “and we knew we needed to keep the defense tight on them and really make sure we cut the passing lanes.”
Behind Heffernan, goalie Kiera McCarthy registered six saves.
The Tigers defeated visiting Our Lady of Lourdes 17-4 on May 11 behind five goals and an assist from Lydia Werlau. Amy Fetterolf also had four goals, while Paige Werlau (1A) and Curran netted two goals. Julia D’Innocenzo added a goal and two assists.
North Salem received the No. 4 seed in the Section 1 Class C playoffs. The Tigers will host No. 13 Pleasantville in the first round at 4:30 p.m. on May 18.
“There’s a lot of things that we’re working on,” coach Werlau said. “It’s all kind of coming together and hopefully they’ll be successful next week.”