Wildcats Pounce On OT Chance To Advance

HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, October 30

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Overtime; where teams go to live or die. On Tuesday, No. 4 Walt Whitman (14-3-1) lived – and the Wildcats did it in grand fashion.

Capping off a hat trick, Whitman Hernandez scored his third goal in the first-round playoff matchup to lead the Wildcats over No. 13 Sachem North (8-8-1) in overtime, 4-3.

His second of three scores on the day, Whitman Hernandez, right, puts the ball into the back of the net against No. 13 Sachem North on Tuesday in the Wildcats first-round playoff win.
His second of three scores on the day, Whitman Hernandez, right, puts the ball into the back of the net against No. 13 Sachem North on Tuesday in the Wildcats first-round playoff win. (Photo by Steve Bartholomew)

The goal came off an assist from Albert Martinez – his second in the game – with 5:09 remaining in the first overtime period; Hernandez scored his two others in the second half. A junior, Hernandez now has 20 goals on the season – three short of a school season record held by who is now a Wildcats coach, Brian Karcz.

Martinez also assisted junior Michael Lorello, who scored the other Wildcats goal. Jonathan Consolo, also a junior, dished out the other assist in the win. Goalkeeper Austin Salas – you guess it, a junior – recorded 4 saves for Whitman.

After finishing the regular season with a League II championship under their belts, the Wildcats found themselves 12th in the state amongst Class AA schools, according to New York State Sportswriters Association rankings posted Oct. 28.

Next up for Whitman was another home game, the Suffolk County Class AA quarterfinals, on Friday at 2 p.m. against No. 5 Ward Melville (11-3-3) – the Wildcats won 2-0. Hernandez scored both goals.

Now looking at No. 1 Brentwood (16-1-1) for a county semifinal matchup, Whitman will travel to Brentwood for a 2 p.m. start on Nov. 3.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, October 30, 2014; A46)

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