Pierson’s field hockey team struggled to get the ball near the cage in the Whalers’ 1-0 loss to Carle Place in the Long Island championship game at Centereach High School November 9.
A quick start for the Frogs (8-7) Saturday, on the other hand, led to an early goal.
Carle Place, which topped Pierson 7-0 last season, had six corners in the first half, although capitalizing on just one. Freshman Emma Zylberberg scored the lone goal of the game with 10:32 left in the first half off a rebound in front of the box. The ball had bounced off Pierson goalie Maeve O’Donoghue’s pads (nine saves) before Zylberberg knocked it in. The Frogs finished with five shots on goal in the final 30 minutes. The Whalers had chances late, too, including a late push downfield, but the ball was cleared by a defender with just over four minutes left.
Pierson (7-8) loses just two seniors in forward Mahlia Hemby and midfielder Joyce Arbia. The pair helped lead the Whalers to a program fifth-straight Suffolk County championship.