NORTH SALEM – Jen Frohman said her team lucked out.
The North Salem coach wasn’t wrong.
But sometimes luck rules the day and that was the case Saturday as fourth-seed North Salem edged fifth-seed Valhalla 2-1 in the second round of the Class C field hockey sectionals in a shootout that followed two scoreless overtimes.
Valhalla, which tied the score at 1-1 in the second half, dominated much of the game. But the Vikings were stymied by North Salem goalie Stasia Pennacchio, who described her head as “always being on a swivel,” especially during the two 10-minute overtimes that Valhalla dominated.
Pennacchio was credited with seven saves before stopping another five in the shootout, which North Salem won 3-1 to officially win the game 2-1.
“She doesn’t go half-hard. She does whatever she needs to do to stop the ball,” teammate Taylor Duffy, who scored on a beautiful deke in the shootout, said of Pennacchio.
The win means North Salem will travel to top-seed Pawling Wednesday, where they’ll need another big game from Pennacchio.
Player of the game: While Pennacchio’s counterpart, Breanna Ciardullo, made the save of the game with a leaping blocker stop early on, Pennacchio came up huge throughout the game, particularly in the shootout, which she began by stopping Jessica Tesoro, who got off two shots on her in the 10-second time limit.
Turning point: With the shootout tied at one after goals by Duffy and Valhalla’s Isabella Riguzzi, North Salem’s Raquel Coppola, who scored in regulation, scored after Ciardullo initially stopped her.
Stat line: Dominique DeAngelis iced the game, deking, then shooting past a diving Ciardullo for North Salem’s third shootout goal. In regulation, Alyssa Dolan, whom Pennacchio stopped in the shootout, scored off a Nicole Loresto assist to knot the game with 14:30 left in the second half.
Quoteables: Valhalla coach Jenna Wenk, who singled out Loresto, Dolan, Tesoro and Stephanie Halbauer for praise, said of the shootout, “It’s all a flip of the coin.”
Of facing Pawling, Pennacchio said, “We just have to play with heart from the start. We have to come out with a certain fire that was not as evident this game.”
Pawling 3, Edgemont 1: In a Class C second-round game, Ashley Cody scored two goals and Sarah Campbell as No. 1 Pawling defeated No. 8 Edgemont.
Bronxville 5, Irvington 0: In a Class C second-round game, Brennan O’Toole and Caroline DePaul each had two goals as the No. 2 Broncos defeated No. 7 Irvington. Irvington goalie Maya Picker had 22 saves. Bronxville will host Croton in the semifinals Wednesday.
Croton 3 Pleasantville 2: In a Class C second-round game, Loretta Violante, Emily Kehoe and Anya Jillson-Neuwirth scored to lead the No. 3 Tigers to over No. 6 Pleasantville.