07/13/12 8:54pm
07/13/2012 8:54 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop will be starting her third season as the varsity starter this fall.

Kelly Wynkoop was admittedly rusty in goal at the start of the summer league season a few weeks ago. After all, it had been a long time since she last played an organized soccer game.

“My first game I just dropped every single ball,” said Wynkoop, a Shoreham-Wading River junior.

Seven games into the Town of Brookhaven Summer League, Wynkoop has quickly gotten back into groove. She made nine saves Friday afternoon — including a game-saving play in the final seconds — in a 2-1 win against Bayport-Blue Point at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Fields.

To see Wynkoop perform well in goal is nothing new for the Wildcats. She’ll be entering her third year as the starting goalkeeper this fall on the varsity team.

What is surprising is how she does it.

In a sport consumed by club and travel teams, clinics and camps — to the point where high school teams are almost afterthoughts for elite players — Wynkoop hardly plays the game outside school.

She hasn’t played on a club team since seventh grade. She doesn’t spend her summers away at soccer camps. She’s a three-month soccer player disguised as a year-round goalie.

“I never really had any professional training, never really go to camps,” Wynkoop said. “I’m kind of a bum.”

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River midfielder Courtney Clasen assisted on the Wildcats’ game-winning goal.

Her play suggests otherwise.

Bayport kept her busy with an array of high shots that she had to snatch out of the air. And when Bayport’s Nicole Geoghan found herself with an open lane to the goal with under 10 seconds left in the game, Wynkoop darted toward her as the last line of defense. She reached the ball just in time and got a piece of it to prevent Geoghan from scoring the game-tying goal.

“That was terrifying,” she said. “I kind of threw my body in front it hoping not to get kicked in the face. I’m glad I got a piece of it and then they were there to back me up. But that was really scary.”

For most players with several years of varsity experience, they often attend summer league games at their convenience. Club and travel teams tend to take precedent.

But without all those other commitments, the summer league turns into a critical warm-up period for the fall season for Wynkoop. It’s a chance to shake off some of the rust and get back on the field.

“It’s mostly getting my hands ready again,” she said. “I need it because otherwise I wouldn’t be good. It’s my only real warm-up for the real season.”

Wynkoop missed last week because of a vacation, but has otherwise been in goal each game, which is good news for the Wildcats because there isn’t much depth at the position behind her.

“There are no other goalies,” she said.

When Wynkoop came up to the varsity as a freshman, she never expected to start. There was as an older player in front of her. But she quickly won the job and never relinquished it.

The Wildcats made the playoffs in both her seasons. And now as a junior, she’ll be one of the veteran players on the team in the fall.

The Wildcats lost their top offensive players to graduation, including All-State players Kari Quinn and Shannon McDonnell.

The summer league has been an opportunity for some of the newer players to gain some experience and show what they can do. The results have been positive. With Friday’s win the Wildcats improved to 5-1-1.

“I was surprised we’re actually winning,” Wynkoop said. “We lost our whole offense, but we’re holding up pretty well.”

Wynkoop said incoming-freshman Megan Kelly has been an offensive spark for the Wildcats. She scored both of Shoreham’s goals Friday. The second came with five minutes left in the second half. Courtney Clasen lofted a high-arching shot from the left side that sent Bayport’s goalkeeper backpedaling toward the goal. Kelly was in position at the far post when the ball came down to get a piece of it and put it in.

Kelly tied the game at 1 immediately after Bayport had struck for the first goal early in the first half. King sent a hard shot from the right side off the crossbar and into the cage. Makayla Meeker set her up with the assist.

A game earlier Kelly scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Wynkoop actually had the assist.

“I just punted it and it went through people for some reason,” she said. “And [Kelly] scored.”

The Phantoms tested Wynkoop more than any team so far in the summer, which is how she likes it.

“Today was the first game I was really, really busy,” she said. “I work better under pressure. When I don’t get a lot of action is when I’m more likely to fumble or slip. When I get in the zone, I work a lot better.”

joew@timesreview.com

11/04/11 5:30pm
11/04/2011 5:30 PM

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Bayport-Blue Point senior Abigail Grappusso (No. 20) heads the ball in off a corner kick for the Phantoms' first goal Friday afternoon.

CLASS A SEMIFINALS  |  PHANTOMS 2, WILDCATS 1

Bayport-Blue Point senior Danielle Heyder converted a free kick 2 1/2 minutes into the second half for the deciding goal in a 2-1 Phantoms victory over Shoreham-Wading River Friday afternoon in the Class A semifinals.

Heyder, who assisted Bayport’s first goal, lofted the ball into the box amid a crowd of players where it deflected off a Shoreham player. Shoreham goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop took a few steps forward and reached up to try to catch it, but she couldn’t get her hands fully on the ball to stop it and it deflected back into the goal.

The Wildcats lost for the second time in three tries against Bayport this season. All three games were decided by one goal.

Bayport advances to play Islip Wednesday in the county finals. No. 5 Islip upset top-seeded Sayville Friday afternoon.

Had the Wildcats won, it would have been a rematch of the 2006 county finals, which was the last time Shoreham advanced beyond the semifinals. The Wildcats’ last county title came in 1987.

Shoreham senior Kari Quinn tied the game at 1 in the 39th minute, giving the Wildcats an emotional lift before halftime. She lined up for a free kick from about 40 yards away on the left side and booted a high arching shot that deflected off the right post and in the goal. Quinn, who normally kicks lefty, kicked it with her right foot.

Bayport (13-4) scored the game’s first goal off the first corner kick of the game. Senior Abigail Grappusso headed the ball into the goal off the pass from Heyder.

The Wildcats (10-5-1) reached the semifinals after a 3-0 win in the first round over Harborfields.

Shoreham’s loss to Bayport marked the final high school game for seven seniors. Quinn, who burst onto the scene as an eighth-grader with 16 goals, ended her five-year career as one of the top soccer players to come through the school.

11/01/11 5:33pm
11/01/2011 5:33 PM

WILDCATS 3, TORNADOES 0

Before the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team took the field for its postseason opener against Harborfields Tuesday afternoon, senior Kari Quinn had a message for her teammates.

Meghan Seabrook

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Meghan Seabrook scored twice in the Wildcats' 3-0 win Tuesday against Harborfields.

The fifth-year varsity player was proud of her squad for earning the No. 3 seed in the Class A playoffs and she didn’t want them to squander the homefield advantage that distinction awarded them.

So she gathered her team in a circle and delivered what her coach called an “inspirational speech” prior to the opening whistle.

“We talked about why we loved this season so much,” Quinn said. “We talked about why we love each other.”

Sometimes a little love is all you need.

The Widcats worked together to control the tempo all afternoon, eventually breaking through with three second half goals for a 3-0 win over the No. 6 Tornadoes. The victory sends SWR (10-4-1) to the semifinals, where they’ll either visit No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point Friday or host No. 7 Mount Sinai.

Meghan Seabrook got the Wildcats on the board with 37:30 remaining in the second half after she beat Harborfields goalkeeper Morgan Krush to the ball and sneaked one by her. She’d later add a second goal on a penalty kick with four seconds remaining in the game.

Seabrook’s presence was a nice spark for Shoreham-Wading River, considering the senior hasn’t been able to contribute as many minutes as she’d like due to illness. She missed her junior season after being diagnosed with mono, according to Wildcats coach Adrian Gilmore, and she has slowly worked her way back into game shape this year.

When her team needed her most, she was there for two big goals.

“It’s so awesome to see a senior come back like that and step up in the playoffs,” Gilmore said. “For her to get two goals in this game shows what a great kid she is.”

But for Seabrook after the game, the focus was entirely on her team winning.

“We really wanted it,” she said with a smile. “We want to go far in the playoffs and we believe we’re a really good team.”

The Wildcats’ all-important second goal came from none other than Quinn — an all-state midfielder headed to Syracuse University with a soccer scholarship next year — who dribbled the ball past a diving Krush for an easy roller with 27:57 left in the contest.

Senior Victoria Creta recorded an assist on each of the first two Shoreham-Wading River goals.

Keeper Kelly Wynkoop was stellar in net for the Wildcats, recording 12 saves and the shutout.

Quinn admitted after the game to being a little nervous with the score tied at halftime, but she felt ultimately her team knew what it needed to do.

“We needed to come out harder than before and we did,” she said. “This team always plays with a lot of heart.”

The Wildcats had several chances in the first half, but failed to convert on a few close shots off the feet of Quinn and fellow midfielder Shannon McDonnell.

Harborfields actually had the first real shot to score, but one of its players missed off the crossbar and  couldn’t put the rebound past Wynkoop.

Krush faced a barrage from the Shoreham-Wading River attack all game long and recorded 10 saves for Harborfields, which finishes the season with a 4-10-1 record.

gparpan@timesreview.com

11/01/11 10:00am

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Kari Quinn leads the Wildcats into the postseason this afternoon against Harborfields.

Shoreham-Wading River will be the site for two playoff games this afternoon, both of which begin at 2:30 p.m.

The field hockey team, looking to defend its four straight Class B county championships, begins its playoff journey against a familiar rival in Miller Place. The No. 4 Wildcats went 13-3 in the regular season and one of those losses came against No. 5 Miller Place (10-6).

The Wildcats finished in second place in the standings behind Rocky Point despite having a better record. The Eagles finished 11-3, having lost twice to Shoreham. But, the power points worked out in their favor anyway.

It’s a situation the Wildcats have been in before. In 2008 they finished one game ahead of Miller Place, which included two victories against the Panthers. But Miller Place still had more power points and earned the higher seed. Shoreham didn’t flinch and beat Miller Place in the playoffs en route to a county championship.

If the Wildcats win today, they’ll travel to top-seeded Sayville, which earned a bye. The Golden Flashes went undefeated in Division II with a 16-0 overall record.

The girls soccer team will be hosting a playoff game as well today.

The No. 3 Wildcats had a superb regular season run under first-year coach Adrian Gilmore, finishing with a 9-3-1 record for third place in League VII. Shoreham lost its regular season finale 2-1 at Bayport-Blue Point, which ultimately gave the Phantoms a higher seed. The Phantoms were the No. 2 seed after finishing 12-2 in League VII. The Wildcats won the first matchup against Bayport earlier in the season.

Harborfields is a League V team and does not boast a record expected of a playoff team. The Tornadoes finished in last place in League V with a 2-9-1 record. Harborfields and Islip were the only Class A teams in the league that featured all Class AA teams. Islip also finished with a losing record and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

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ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Kevin Turano leads the Wildcats into the playoffs against Westhampton.

Section XI released the playoff brackets for boys and girls soccer as well as field hockey Friday afternoon.

Here are the matchups for local teams. Complete brackets can be found at the Section XI website.

GIRLS SOCCER, CLASS A

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

No. 3 Shoreham-Wading River

vs.

No. 6 Harborfields

The Wildcats had a superb regular season run under first-year coach Adrian Gilmore, finishing with a 9-3-1 record for third place in League VII. Shoreham lost its regular season finale 2-1 at Bayport-Blue Point, which ultimately gave the Phantoms a higher seed. The Phantoms were the No. 2 seed after finishing 12-2 in League VII. The Wildcats won the first matchup against Bayport earlier in the season.

Harborfields is a League V team and does not boast a record expected of a playoff team. The Tornadoes finished in last place in League V with a 2-9-1 record. Harborfields and Islip were the only Class A teams in the league that featured all Class AA teams. Islip also finished with a losing record and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

BOYS SOCCER, CLASS A

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River

vs.

No. 5 Westhampton

The Wildcats finished with an 8-3-1 record in League VI and 10-4-2 overall. After stumbling a bit in mid-October, losing back-to-back games to John Glenn 5-0 and East Hampton 4-0, the Wildcats bounced back to close out the regular season with four straight victories. One of those wins came against Westhampton, 3-2, a victory that now helps give the Wildcats the home field advantage in the playoffs. Shoreham’s last game was Tuesday, a 2-1 win over Mount Sinai.

Westhampton finished 7-4-1 in league and 10-5-1 overall. Westhampton won the first matchup between the teams.

FIELD HOCKEY, CLASS B

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River

vs.

No. 5 Miller Place

The four-time defending county champion Wildcats find themselves with a lower seed than they’ve been accustomed to during their run of titles. Nevertheless, they’ll be facing the same teams as usual, starting with a first-round matchup against Miller Place.

The Panthers were responsible for the Wildcats’ last loss, which dropped them out of first place in Division III. Miller Place won 1-0. Shoreham finished 12-2 in D-III and 13-3 overall. Miller Place was 10-4 and 10-6.

The Wildcats finished in second place in the standings behind Rocky Point despite having a better record. The Eagles finished 11-3, having lost twice to Shoreham. But, the power points worked out in their favor anyway.

It’s a situation the Wildcats have been in before. In 2008 they finished one game ahead of Miller Place, which included two victories against the Panthers. But Miller Place still had more power points and earned the higher seed. Shoreham didn’t flinch and beat Miller Place in the playoffs en route to a county championship.

If the Wildcats win Tuesday, they’ll travel to top-seeded Sayville. The Golden Flashes went undefeated in Division II with a 16-0 overall record.

joew@timesreview.com

10/26/11 9:00am
10/26/2011 9:00 AM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Maddie Massa leads the Wildcats against Miller Place tonight.

Most years, a Shoreham-Wading River-Miller Place girls volleyball match would be a critical league game. While the Wildcats moved down this season to League VII, they’ll still get a chance to take on their local rivals to the west when they travel to Miller Place for a 5 p.m. match today.

The Wildcats came into yesterday riding a three-game win streak. They posted shutout wins over Southampton and Babylon and defeated Mattituck 3-1 Oct. 11.

But the win streak came to an end last night when Hampton Bays blanked the Wildcats in three games. The Wildcats fell to 6-4 in League VII and 7-5 overall.

Miller Place has had its struggles in a very competitive League VI. The Panthers are 4-8 in a league that features some heavy hitters like John Glenn, Sayville, East Hampton and Westhampton.

With six wins already, the Wildcats have assured themselves a spot in the Class B playoffs.

The rest of today’s schedule is as follows:

FIELD HOCKEY

SWR at Miller Place, 4 p.m.

Riverhead at Pierson, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS GOLF

SWR at Longwood, 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

McGann-Mercy at Babylon, 4:30 p.m.

SWR at Mt. Sinai, 6 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

SWR at East Hampton, 5 p.m.

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Brieanne Bieber

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Mercy senior Brieanne Bieber heads the ball as Imani Johnson looks on for Amityville.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTOS

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