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It had been a long season for the Pelham field hockey squad, which entered Tuesday's game at Clarkstown South with a record of 1-8.
Needless to say, the ride back over the Tappan Zee bridge had to feel quite a bit shorter.
The Pelicans (2-8) harnessed that unmistakable winning feeling with a 2-1 upset victory over the Vikings. Pelham packed it in defensively and finished its limited offensive opportunities.
"This so so great," said Melissa Capurro, a senior leader. "We've been having a lot of trouble playing together as a team, but today we finally put it together. We are going to continue from here."
Freshman Chandler Solimine smacked in the game-winning goal midway through the second half, pouncing on a rebound off a shot from Capurro.
Capurro also got the Pelicans off on the right foot, deflecting in a pass from Addie Martin for the game's first goal midway through the opening half.
"We've been down in the season a lot and recently I've been put up to the cherry-picking position, which is where I stand by the goal," Capurro said, detailing her tally. "Once I got (the ball), I just flicked it right in and it was such a huge relief."
Clarkstown South's Michelle Jordan evened the game at 1-1 early in the second half, beating Pelham keeper Caroline Fink from close range.
But it would be the last time the Vikings would sneak a ball past Fink, who stood on her head with 12 huge saves.
Clarkstown South — which dropped to 3-7-2 with the loss — will look to get back on a winning track as it squares off against rival Clarkstown North at home on October 13.
Pelham, meanwhile, will look to make it two in a row as it travels to Hastings on October 13.