YORKTOWN HEIGHTS – With around 12 minutes left in the second half, Yorktown found itself in a familiar position.
Having lost to John Jay back on May 6th and being down two players most of that game, the Huskers found themselves down a player after Emma Kaishen got sent off with a yellow card.
Instead of John Jay having the advantage, Yorktown managed to get an offensive possession, and Jenna Gammer finished off a feed from Caleigh Lampersberger to put the Huskers up 11-9. Yorktown would score four of the next five goals to secure a 15-10 win and advance to the final.
“We have such great chemistry, and we just want it for each other,” Kaishen, a senior captain, said. “We were really excited to play John Jay; we’ve been waiting for this day for a very long time, and I’m very happy with the outcome.”
Early in the second half, Yorktown was down 8-6. The Huskers began to calm down, and took the lead at the 12:28 mark of the second half on a free position goal from Michelle Seger.
Yorktown, playing without key player Katie Comerford, who was injured during the team’s quarterfinal game against Horace Greeley on Tuesday, got goals from Julia Cook and Rilea Fusco to extend the lead.
With time winding down, Yorktown coach Ellen Mager shouted out to the crowd “how about these Huskers!” and got an rousing roar from the crowd.
“These kids are tough, and they’ve faced a tremendous amount of adversity,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of every single kid on this team; when kids get hurt, it’s up to the other players to step up and we had a lot of players step up tonight.”
Seger led Yorktown with six goals, Casey Duff added in four goals and an assist and Gammer and Ashley Stilo scored twice.
For John Jay, Dakota Adamac had five goals and Jilli Schell scored four goals.
Yorktown, the top seed of the Class B tournament, will re-match second-seeded Somers in the final at Torne Valley on Thursday. The Huskers lost to Somers last year in a 15-12 overtime heartbreaker.
“Somers is also an amazing team,” Kaishen said. “It will be nice to have some revenge after last year.”
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(Photo by Adrian Szkolar/The Journal News)