Task one is getting through a Cold Spring Harbor squad that has won six straight Nassau County titles and 12 Class C state crowns. The Seahawks (15-3), champions of Section Eight, advanced Tuesday with a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Section 11’s Babylon.
Sophomore Alicia Roy scored the winner in that game, on a 25-yard free kick.
Though Mackey hasn’t seen the Seahawks in person, a few clicks of the mouse allowed him to see video footage of the squad that has 12 shutouts this season.
“It looks like they try to play possession soccer and build up,” said Mackey, who was a first-year varsity coach when the Yellowjackets made their last appearance in the state
final four — that coming in 2004, when OHS lost, 2-0, to Section Eight’s Rockville Centre South Side in the Class A final. “We feel it should be a good matchup. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Along with Roy, Teressa Fazio, Brooke Jenson, Katie Hudson and Julia Schubauer are offensive threats for the Seahawks.
Fazio leads the team with 15 goals. Hudson, a freshman, has 10.
“A few of the girls have good technical skills and good vision,” Mackey said. “Three girls have sort of taken balls up the field. It’s kind of a triangulation build up. They have talented kids who possess the ball on the outside and they’re sound defensively. They’re a program, not a one-year wonder.”
Defensively, CSH will have to deal with a balanced Yellowjackets attack that has seen eight players score at least six goals. Seniors Cami Cleaveland and sophomore Taryn More lead the way with 19 and 17 goals, respectively.
“I’m confident in our team,” More said after scoring in regulation and converting a penalty kick against Bronxville, which beat OHS, 1-0, in last year’s state quarterfinal before falling, 4-0, to Schalmont in a state semifinal. “It’ll be interesting to see what other teams are out there because we only got as far as Bronxville last year. We only know up to their level, but I think we can do it.”