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Girls Soccer: Wildcats pass their first playoff test

It took a while for the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls soccer team to get rolling on Tuesday, but once the Wildcats did, they were difficult to stop.

Second-half goals by Alex Kuhnle, Nicky Constant and Rachel Suarez lifted the Wildcats to a 3-0 home victory over Harborfields in their first game in the Suffolk County Class A Tournament.

Shoreham (13-2-1), the defending county champion and No. 2 seeded in the competition, will host No. 3 Elwood/John Glenn on Friday afternoon in a county semifinal. Glenn (11-1-2) recorded a 1-0 overtime win over No. 6 Mount Sinai on Tuesday.

Seventh-seeded Harborfields finished its season at 8-7.

After a sluggish opening half, the Wildcats rediscovered their rhythm and game over the final 40 minutes, striking for all three of their goals within a span of 23 minutes 47 seconds.

Kuhnle, a junior who missed the last three weeks with a concussion, gave Shoreham all the scoring it needed when she launched a 19-yard free kick from the left side to the upper right corner and a 1-0 advantage with 35:22 remaining in the game.

Constant doubled the lead with 29:43 left, running onto a Sarah Stietzle feed and converting a breakaway into a goal.

Suarez closed out the game, slotting home a rebound of a Megan Kelly shot with 11:35 to go.

Sophomore goalkeeper Lydia Kessel recorded the shutout.

In Glenn’s victory, Stephanie Tsangaris scored three minutes into the first overtime. She took Alexis Stickelman’s through ball into the penalty area before beating a defender and the goalkeeper.