By MIKE SMITH
On Saturday, Oct. 25, an Emme DiPasquale goal lifted the No. 7 Eagles to a 1-0 win over Hendrick Hudson in the first round of the Class A girls soccer playoffs. With the win, the Eagles earn the right to advance to a second round matchup with an undefeated Somers team on Oct. 29.
Eastchester’s lone goal came early in the second half, when DiPasquale, a sophomore, collected a pass from classmate Lauren Gresia and beat the Sailors’ netminder with a low, hard shot. It would be all the scoring the Eagles would need on the day. “Me and Lauren work really well together, we’ve been playing since we were little,” said DiPasquale. “She just kicked it in and I just knew to go and hit it with power.”
Despite the low-scoring outcome, the Eagles dominated the time of possession from the opening whistle, and utilizing their team speed on the newly-finished reconstruction of the Eagles’ home field.
“I thought coming in that the new field and using the width of the field would play to our advantage,” said head coach Frank Fiore. “That was our game plan; to go out, control the midfield and feed it up front to see what we could do scoring-wise.”
The Eagles’ knew that the No. 10 seeded Sailors would present a stiff test, having played—and beaten—Hen Hud 2-1 on Oct. 10.
“That first game was a battle, just like it was today,” said Fiore. “They have a feisty team, they stick to it and they play team soccer, so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
With the first round behind them, the Eagles will tangle with top-seeded Somers on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The undefeated Tuskers, 16-0, are coming off an impressive 7-0 victory against Lordes, but Fiore is confident that his squad is up to the challenge.
“They’re undefeated, they’re a strong team, but we’re a strong team too,” said the head coach. “There’s no quit on this team and we’ve battled a lot this year, so seeds and records really don’t matter anymore.”
“We’re going really strong and we’re not taking anything for granted,” added DiPasquale. “We’re going to use all of our strength, everything we know and we’re going to power through and do our best.”