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Rye and Harrison players battle for the ball. The Garnets are currently 6-2 on the season.

Garnets blast Huskies

Bernardo Hammes boots the ball on Oct. 1 against Harrison. Hammes had two assists against the Huskies in Rye’s 4-1 win.

Bernardo Hammes boots the ball on Oct. 1 against Harrison. Hammes had two assists against the Huskies in Rye’s 4-1 win.

Leo Gomes makes a play on a ball against Harrison. Gomes scored a goal in the Rye win.

Leo Gomes makes a play on a ball against Harrison. Gomes scored a goal in the Rye win.

Rye and Harrison players battle for the ball. The Garnets are currently 6-2 on the season.

Rye and Harrison players battle for the ball. The Garnets are currently 6-2 on the season.

Griffin Cocari makes a play on a ball off the foot of a Harrison player. Photos/Bobby Begun

Griffin Cocari makes a play on a ball off the foot of a Harrison player. Photos/Bobby Begun

By MIKE SMITH
After locking down a signature win against Byram Hills on Sept. 29, the Rye Garnets kept the ball rolling against Harrison two days later, beating their league foes 4-1 in a rain-soaked Thursday night game. Although it would have been easy for some teams to have a letdown after knocking off the top-ranked team in New York state, the Garnets came into the rivalry game with enough focus and tenacity to improve to 6-2 on the year. 

Bernardo Hammes had two assists in the win, and Leo Gomes, Will Colwell, Tommy Gates and Andrew Graham all found the net for the Garnets. According to first-year Garnet coach Sal Curella, Rye’s balanced offense has been its calling card so far in 2015.

“I think it’s been the main reason for our success,” Curella said. “Every game we have different goal scorers, and the depth we have with our starters and our reserves has been a big part of creating such a successful team.”

With rain throughout, Curella said, Rye had to approach its game against the Huskies a bit differently than usual. The more conservative strategy, however, did little to curtail the surging Garnet offense.

“We generally like to build out of the backfield, but it was so rainy that we tried to limit our touches back there,” Curella said. “We tried to just get the ball out to our midfielders and we needed to play just a little bit simple on the back end.”

With two wins this week, Rye has vaulted itself into consideration as one of the top teams in Class A. Its 2-1 win on Tuesday over a previously-unbeaten Byram Hills, ranked No. 25 in the nation, was the victory that marked Rye’s arrival with an exclamation point.

“Anytime you come off a big win, you don’t want to act like you won the World Cup, so we just had to get our head back into our mode,” Curella said. “And to go in there against Harrison and put four goals on them was big for us.”

The Garnets will play a grueling schedule over the next week, with games against Spring Valley, Eastchester and Port Chester all looming. As his team gears up for its final push before playoffs start, Curella said he is hoping to see the Garnets raise their game.

“We need to capitalize on the chances we’re given because as the teams get tougher, the defense tightens up,” he said. “But right now, there’s not much that I would change. We just need to keep our mindset on the goal
at hand.”

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Mohamed Djaloc controls the ball on Oct. 10.

Huguenots fall to Scarsdale

David Lopez battles for position against Scarsdale. Lopez scored the Huguenots’ lone goal.

David Lopez battles for position against Scarsdale. Lopez scored the Huguenots’ lone goal.

By MIKE SMITH
On Oct. 5, the New Rochelle Huguenots fell to league rival Scarsdale 2-1, losing their second game of the 2015 season. Despite the setback, however, the team is in the midst of an otherwise stellar fall campaign, and head coach Jarohan Garcia is confident that his team is on the right path as the playoffs approach. 

Nacho Marini and Luca Novaes both scored for the Raiders, while David Lopez managed the only goal for the Huguenots. But even in a losing effort, the Huguenots showed why they are one of the top teams in Class AA, according to their head coach.

“After Scarsdale scored the second goal, I don’t think we allowed a shot for the rest of the game,” Garcia said. “[Scarsdale] is a tremendous team, they’re organized and they’re physical, but these kids don’t give up and they didn’t give up against Scarsdale.”

Mohamed Djaloc controls the ball on Oct. 10.

Mohamed Djaloc controls the ball on Oct. 10.

In fact, tenacity has been somewhat of a calling card for the Huguenots all year. New Rochelle is currently 6-2-2, and the second-year head coach has been impressed with the intensity his squad brings to the field each day.

“We have a motto and it is ‘No one works harder,’” he said. “In the end, we’re all working towards a common goal, and even in our losses, we’ve been in every game.”

Playing in a difficult league against teams like Scarsdale, Mamaroneck and White Plains, the Huguenots have acquitted themselves quite well, and should be in a prime position to make a deep run once the postseason begins.

“Every game, the ultimate goal is to learn something,” Garcia said. “Regardless of the outcome, the approach never changes.”

Misael Jimenez heads the ball against Scarsdale. Photos/Bobby Begun

Misael Jimenez heads the ball against Scarsdale. Photos/Bobby Begun

According to Garcia, the discipline that the Huguenots have shown this year is evident on and off the field. With 11 seniors on the roster, many of whom are taking Advanced Placement courses, the head coach believes there is a direct correlation between the players’ ability to succeed both in the classroom and on the field.

“This group is dedicated to their schoolwork and I think that carries over,” he said. “We run a complex system and they show up and perform on a daily basis.”

The Huguenots will take on some top competition over the next two weeks as they look to end the regular season on a high note. On Oct. 7, after press time, the team will host a tough Mamaroneck team and follow that game with a showdown against the reigning section champions from John Jay two days later.

“These are going to be good tests for us,” Garcia said. “But these kids believe in the system and we’ve got great chemistry.”

David Lopez battles for position against Scarsdale. Lopez scored the Huguenots’ lone goal.

David Lopez battles for position against Scarsdale. Lopez scored the Huguenots’ lone goal.

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A New Rochelle player scores on a header on Oct. 3. Photos/Mike Smith

New Rochelle Roundup

 

Sophie Wolf chases down a loose ball against Mount Vernon. New Rochelle topped the Knights 7-0.

Sophie Wolf chases down a loose ball against Mount Vernon. New Rochelle topped the Knights 7-0.

A New Rochelle player scores on a header on Oct. 3. Photos/Mike Smith

A New Rochelle player scores on a header on Oct. 3. Photos/Mike Smith

A Huguenot forward blasts a shot against Mount Vernon on Oct. 3

A Huguenot forward blasts a shot against Mount Vernon on Oct. 3

A Huguenot controls the ball in the offensive zone against Mount Vernon.

A Huguenot controls the ball in the offensive zone against Mount Vernon.

Girls Soccer
10/2 Scarsdale d. New Rochelle 2-1
A first-half goal for the Raiders proved the difference-maker on Friday, as Scarsdale topped the visiting Huguenots 2-1.

Sophie Wolf scored the lone goal for New Rochelle and Mary Fay made eight saves, but Scarsdale’s Olivia Higgins and Katie Donovan both found the net to ensure a win for the Raiders.

10/3 New Rochelle d. Mount Vernon 7-0
New Rochelle started quickly on Saturday and kept the pressure on, dominating the Knights and coming away with a 7-0 win.

Vanessa Restrepo led the way with two goals and one assist, and Isabella Gierlinger also scored twice for the Huguenots. Rebecca Meisler, Sydney Jasper and Anna Livaccari rounded out the scoring for New Rochelle with a goal each.

 

10/6 Mamaroneck d. New Rochelle 2-0
The Tigers proved too much for New Rochelle on Tuesday, coming away with a shutout win over the Huguenots. Shari Rauls and Lauren Shpiz both notched assists, and both goals were scored by Erin McClave.

The Huguenots will be back in action on Oct. 8 when they host league rival White Plains at 4:30 p.m.

Football
10/2 New Rochelle d.  Clarkstown North 12-6
Over the last several years, a stout defense has been the trademark of New Rochelle football and Friday’s game proved no exception. With a 12-6 win over the previously-unbeaten Clarkstown team, New Rochelle improved to 5-0 on the year.

Quarterback Greg Powell scored both Huguenot touchdowns, finishing the day with 12 rushes for 60 yards. But a late-game defensive stand by the Huguenots proved to be the game-changer. With just two minutes to play, the Rams had the ball on New Rochelle’s 15-yard line, but the Huguenots held firm as senior linebacker Kevin Singletary notched a huge sack to fire up the defense.

The Huguenots will finish up the regular season with an Oct. 9 game against Mahopac. The Indians are currently 3-2 and are coming off a 27-14 win over Arlington. Running back Joe Cavaciulti paced the Indians last week with a three-touchdown performance.

Paige Danehy makes a move towards the goal against Fox Lane. Danehy has stepped up her game for the Tigers in the offensive end this year, scoring twice against Fox Lane. Photos/Mike Smith

Tigers blank Foxes

Grace Fitzgerald takes the ball down the right side against Fox Lane on Oct. 2.

Grace Fitzgerald takes the ball down the right side against Fox Lane on Oct. 2.

By MIKE SMITH
If opposing defenses have had a hard time slowing down the Mamaroneck Tigers this year, a little inclement weather wasn’t going to fare any better. On Oct. 2, Mamaroneck drubbed visiting Fox Lane 6-0 despite the downpour, extending its record to 9-0 on the season. 

According to Mamaroneck coach John Savage, Friday’s weather gave the Tigers a chance to compete under less than ideal conditions, an important ability for the team to have as it continues its march toward the postseason.

“It was a little slippery, [which] took away some of our speed and agility, but nobody got hurt,” said Savage. “We’re going to have to play in weather like that in the playoffs, so getting the chance to do it now was a great experience for us.”

Mamaroneck controlled the time of possession from the outset and had three players, Lizzie Clarke, Megan Mullaney and Paige Danehy, each score twice as the team stayed perfect.

Lizzie Clarke battles with a Fox Lane defender on Oct. 2. Clarke had two goals in the Tigers’ 6-0 win.

Lizzie Clarke battles with a Fox Lane defender on Oct. 2. Clarke had two goals in the Tigers’ 6-0 win.

Mamaroneck’s attack has been balanced, said Savage, and one of the bright spots this year has been the emergence of some of the younger players like Danehy, a junior, who have stepped in to contribute.

“Paige has about 12 goals this season,” Savage said. “She’s been a pleasant surprise for us.”

Despite the Tigers’ perfect record, however, Savage still believes that his team has plenty of room for improvement as the season continues.

“Some days, I’m happy with the decisions we make on the field; other days I sometimes have to scratch my head,” he said. “But I think we have the potential to be a really good team, as long as we show some improvement.”

Savage pointed to a 2-0 win over Scarsdale as one game that was simply too close for comfort for the reigning Class A State Champions.

Paige Danehy makes a move towards the goal against Fox Lane. Danehy has stepped up her game for the Tigers in the offensive end this year, scoring twice against Fox Lane. Photos/Mike Smith

Paige Danehy makes a move towards the goal against Fox Lane. Danehy has stepped up her game for the Tigers in the offensive end this year, scoring twice against Fox Lane. Photos/Mike Smith

“Scarsdale is always a test, and even though they’re younger this year, we needed that late goal to ease some of the pressure,” he said. “If you come out that way against a more experienced team, you could be in trouble.”

The Tigers will certainly be tested this week, with matchups against league foe Ursuline, Class B favorite Lakeland and Connecticut powerhouse Wilton High School all on the schedule. Lakeland and Mamaroneck are currently the top-ranked teams in Section I, but Savage said he doesn’t want to put any extra importance on the game itself.

“The girls read the papers, they know about Lakeland, but if you’re a smart coach, you just say ‘lets go out and do what we do best,’” he said. “Everything should take care of itself.”

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Center midfielder Katie Cotter passes the ball on Oct. 2.

Center midfielder Katie Cotter passes the ball on Oct. 2.

 
Harrison and Rye players battle for the ball. The Garnets are currently 6-2 on the season.

Harrison Roundup

Griffin Cocari makes a play on the ball off the foot of a Harrison player. Photos/Bobby Begun

Griffin Cocari makes a play on the ball off the foot of a Harrison player. Photos/Bobby Begun

Boys Soccer

10/1 Rye d.

Harrison 4-1

After knocking off Byram Hills, the top-ranked team in New York state, the Garnets came into Thursday’s rivalry game with enough focus and tenacity to beat the Huskies 4-1 and earn their sixth win of the season.

Bernardo Hammes had two assists in the win, and Leo Gomes, Will Colwell, Tommy Gates and Andrew Graham all found the net for the Garnets. According to first-year Garnet coach Sal Curella, Rye’s balanced offense has been its calling card so far this year.

“I think it’s been the main reason for our success,” Curella said. “Every game, we have different goal scorers, and the depth we have with our starters and our reserves has been a big part of creating such a successful team.”

With rain throughout, Curella said, Rye had to approach its game against the Huskies a bit differently than usual. However, the more conservative strategy did little to curtail the surging Garnet offense.

Harrison and Rye players battle for the ball. The Garnets are currently 6-2 on the season.

Harrison and Rye players battle for the ball. The Garnets are currently 6-2 on the season.

“We generally like to build out of the backfield, but it was so rainy that we tried to limit our touches back there,” Curella said. “We tried to just get the ball out to our midfielders and we needed to play just a little bit simple on the back end.”

 

10/5 Pelham  d.

Harrison 6-2

Pelham’s offensive outburst
proved too much for the Huskies to overcome on Monday, as Harrison fell to the Pelicans 6-2. Sam Teller scored three goals for Pelham and teammate Davis Allen
had four assists in the Pelicans’ win.

The Huskies hope to get back on track on Oct. 7 when they take on league foe Eastchester. The Eagles are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Rye.

Football

10/2 Harrison d.

Pelham 47-7

Quarterback Mike Nannariello and running back Zach Evans both shined as the Huskies put together their most complete game of the season to beat the Pelicans by 40. Nannariello and Evans both ran for scores in the first half and Nannariello found the senior running back for a touchdown pass as well.

Leo Gomes goes after a loose ball against Harrison. Gomes scored a goal in the Rye win.

Leo Gomes goes after a loose ball against Harrison. Gomes scored a goal in the Rye win.

At 3-2 on the season, the Huskies are gearing up for their Oct. 10 rivalry game against undefeated Rye.

 

Girls Soccer

10/2 Harrison d.

Port Chester 3-0

Harrison got three goals from three different players and kept Port Chester off of the score sheet for a perfect 3-0 win.

Cara Traficante, Kayla Hymowitz and Julia DiRusso all netted goals for the Huskies and Traficante also assisted on one score. Cailyn Burgos made five saves to preserve the shutout.

Bernardo Hammes boots the ball on Oct. 1 against Harrison. Hammes had two assists against the Huskies in Rye’s 4-1 win.

Bernardo Hammes boots the ball on Oct. 1 against Harrison. Hammes had two assists against the Huskies in Rye’s 4-1 win.

Rye’s Jack Bryan celebrates with teammates after his first-half goal against Eastchester. Bryan also found the net in overtime to give Rye a 3-2 win.

Garnets edge Eagles

 

Rye’s Jack Bryan celebrates with teammates after his first-half goal against Eastchester. Bryan also found the net in overtime to give Rye a 3-2 win.

Rye’s Jack Bryan celebrates with teammates after his first-half goal against Eastchester. Bryan also found the net in overtime to give Rye a 3-2 win.

By MIKE SMITH
Just hours after earning a nod in the New York State Soccer rankings on Oct. 5, the Rye Garnets had to battle to maintain their spot, as they hosted a hungry Eastchester team. After over 80 minutes of action, however, Rye escaped with a 3-2 overtime win to preserve a spot among the top teams in the state.

Jack Bryan scored two goals, including the game-winner, against the Eagles as Rye improved to 8-2 on the year. Bryan’s team learned of its No. 16 state ranking just hours before the game, explained head coach Sal Curella, but knew it would be tested against an Eastchester team coming off a 3-1 win over Scarsdale B on Oct. 3.

“We told the kids that although rankings don’t mean much, a milestone like this means that their hard work has been validated,” said Curella. “It’s our first state ranking in a long time, so we wanted the kids to stay humble and remember where we started.”

The Garnets came out strong, with Bryan netting his first goal just 8 minutes into regulation. Eastchester standout Luca Fava knotted the score just before the half on a corner attempt that the Garnets couldn’t clear out of the zone. Rye again took the lead on a Leo Gomes strike shortly into the second half, but Fava would answer with 18 minutes left to play, sending the game into overtime.

An Eastchester defender marks a man against the Garnets.

An Eastchester defender marks a man against the Garnets.

According to Curella, the real Garnets showed up in extra time.

“It was like a different team in overtime,” said the head coach. “[Eastchester] had trouble passing midfield and we were able to control the action.”

The game-winner came off a Will Colwell shot that bounced off the keeper and found its way to Bryan’s foot.

“Any game that goes back and forth like that, when you have a lead and then lose it, it’s usually the team that comes back that is going to win,” said Curella. “But this team has a lot of resiliency, a lot of drive and they surprise me almost every game.”

The Eagles will also gear up for another league game on Oct. 7, after press time, when they travel to Harrison to take on the Huskies. The Garnets will also be in action on Oct. 7, when they look to continue their hot play against league foe Port Chester.

An Eagles player battles for the ball against a Rye player on Oct. 5. Photos/Mike Smith

An Eagles player battles for the ball against a Rye player on Oct. 5. Photos/Mike Smith

“We’re definitely changing the mentality,” Curella said. “We want to use this as motivation.”

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Eastchester’s Luca Fava controls the ball on the sidelines on Oct. 5.  Fava scored twice for the Eagles in their loss to Rye.

Eastchester’s Luca Fava controls the ball on the sidelines on Oct. 5.
Fava scored twice for the Eagles in their loss to Rye.

 
John Guido carries the ball against Pearl River. Photos/Mike Smith

Eastchester Roundup

John Blume goes for a tackle against a Pearl River ballcarrier.

John Blume goes for a tackle against a Pearl River ballcarrier.

Football

10/3 Eastchester d.

Pearl River 31-7

In a matchup of undefeated teams on Saturday, the Eagles pulled away early on their way to a rout over the Pirates to celebrate Eastchester’s Homecoming.

Eastchester quarterback John Arcidiacono continued his stellar play, rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for two more in the one-sided win. Arcidiacono carried the ball for 192 yards and added 148 passing yards to keep the Eagles perfect. Wideout Andrew Schultz found the end zone twice on passes of 29 and 45 yards.

At 5-0, Eastchester is hoping to close out the regular season with another win this week. The Eagles are set to take on a 2-3 Hendick Hudson team in the finale. The Sailors are coming off a 29-18 win over Tappan Zee, led by a breakout performance by running back Mike Smith, who rushed for 135 yards and two scores on the day.

 

10/3 Pleasantville d.

John Guido carries the ball against Pearl River. Photos/Mike Smith

John Guido carries the ball against Pearl River. Photos/Mike Smith

Bronxville 20-7

Anthony Napolitano scored the lone Broncos’ touchdown on Saturday, as Bronxville fell to 3-2 on the season with a loss to the Panthers. Pleasantville was led by a big day from running back Mike Hammond, who carried the ball 15 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

Bronxville will host Ardsley on Oct. 10 in the last game of the regular season. Ardsley is also 3-2, and coming off a 23-14 win over Albertus Magnus.

 

Girls Soccer

10/2 Byram Hills d.

Bronxville 3-2 (OT)

Byram Hills scored just one minute into overtime on Friday, when the eventual game-winner came off the foot of junior Illyse Lipman.

John Arcidiacono rushes around the end for a score on Oct. 3. Arcidiacono was involved in all five Eagles’ touchdowns on the day.

John Arcidiacono rushes around the end for a score on Oct. 3. Arcidiacono was involved in all five Eagles’ touchdowns on the day.

Bronxville battled to stay in the game after two first-half goals by the Bobcats, scoring on a Rachel Peacock goal and tying the game in the 71st minute on another by Taylor Sears.

The loss was the Broncos’ third of the season, but they will look to get back to their winning ways on Oct. 9 when they host Pelham.

10/3 Eastchester d.

Port Chester 3-1

The Eagles triumphed in their homecoming game against the Rams, getting goals from Emme DiPasquale, Claudia Legall and Alish Fay to beat Port Chester 3-1.

The Eagles have a rematch with the Rams on Oct. 7, after press time, and are getting set for a battle with highly-touted Rye the following day.

 

Boys Soccer

10/1 Alexander Hamilton d.

Tuckahoe 3-2

Two goals by Capy Charles proved the difference-maker on Thursday, as the Raiders edged Tuckahoe in a tight
3-2 game.

Andrew Schultz runs upfield after catching a screen pass against Pearl River. Schultz caught two touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 31-7 win.

Andrew Schultz runs upfield after catching a screen pass against Pearl River. Schultz caught two touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 31-7 win.

It has been a trying season for the Tigers, who find themselves at 1-10 on the year. They travel to Woodlands to take on the Falcons on Oct. 7, after press time.

Abby Abate carries the ball upfield against Harrison. Photo/Mike Smith

Rye Roundup

Abby Abate carries the ball upfield against Harrison. Photo/Mike Smith

Abby Abate carries the ball upfield against Harrison. Photo/Mike Smith

Boys Soccer

9/29 Rye d.

Byram Hills 1-0

On Tuesday, Rye continued their impressive play, downing a highly-touted Byram Hills team 1-0 on a goal from sophomore Bernardo Hammes. Hammes’ goal came off an assist from Jack Bryan.

The Bobcats entered the game against the Garnets as the top-ranked team in Section I and also boasting a top-25 national ranking. With the win, Rye improved to 5-2 on the season.

“This is a huge win for Rye not only because of how highly ranked Byram Hills is, but [we] haven’t beaten them in almost 10 years,” Garnet coach Sal Curella said. “And we did it in a year where Byram has been ranked higher than they’ve ever been.”

The Garnets will travel to Harrison on Oct. 1, after press time, to take on the rival
Huskies at 7 p.m.

Field Hockey

9/26 Rye d.

Byram Hills 5-2

Abby Abate scored twice and tallied an assist as the Garnets topped the visiting Bobcats 5-2 on Saturday.

 

9/28 Rye d.

Harrison 5-0

The Garnets continued their winning ways this week when they downed the Huskies 5-0. Rye dominated the game from the outset, led by Lanie Agosta’s two-goal effort to bury the Huskies.

 

9/29 Rye d.

Pelham 8-0

The Pelicans proved to be no match for Rye on Tuesday, as the Garnets’ potent attack exploded for eight goals. Lanie Agosta again paced Rye, scoring three times on the afternoon.

The Garnets will be back in action on Oct. 3 when they take on Class B power Bronxville on the road. The Broncos have seven wins this year, and hold a number of victories over larger schools.

 

Girls Soccer

9/28 Rye d.

Pelham 1-0

The Garnets needed just one goal to get past Pelham on Monday, beating the Pelicans 1-0 on an Anna O’Keefe goal. Pelham managed seven shots on the day, all of which were stopped by Garnet keeper Maddie Eck.

The Garnets will travel to Harrison to play rival Rye on Sept. 30, after press time.

 

Football

9/25 Rye d.

Panas 32-18

With another convincing win on Friday, Rye improved to 4-0 on the season. After giving up an early score, Rye bounced back in the second quarter to hang 20 points on the Panthers and never looked back, outscoring their opponents 32-12 from that point on.

Rye will play Lourdes this weekend, and eagerly eye their annual showdown with Harrison scheduled for Oct. 10.

Rye Neck goalie Julia Kelly stops a shot against Harrison. Kelly had 15 saves on the day.

Huskies top Panthers

Sofia Noejovich chases down a loose ball. Photos/Mike Smith

Sofia Noejovich chases down a loose ball. Photos/Mike Smith

By MIKE SMITH
Sometimes, playing with confidence can make all the difference in the world. On Sept. 28, a supremely-confident Harrison team traveled to Rye Neck and exploded offensively, topping the Panthers 5-0 to improve to 6-3 on the season. 

For the Panthers, the game was another learning experience against a highly-skilled opponent.

Karina Barchlow led the way for Harrison, scoring twice and dishing out three assists while Emma Hochman and Erin Nelson each added a goal and an assist during a game that saw Harrison manage 20 shots on goal. Gia Mancini also found the net for the Huskies.

According to Harrison coach Jon-Erik Zappala, Harrison’s outburst was an indication that the team is starting to gel around the midway point of the season.

“We’re nine games in and I think we’re starting to feel a little more comfortable,” the coach said. “[Against Rye Neck] you could see it in our passing…and in our communication.”

Harrison’s defense also came up big when the Panthers pushed the attack and keeper Kate Ryan had a tremendous save midway through the first half after redirecting a Panther shot over the crossbar.

On the Rye Neck side, there were some positives to take from the game.

Serina Guillanti battles a Rye Neck player for control of the ball during Harrison’s win. The Huskies are currently 6-3 on the year.

Serina Guillanti battles a Rye Neck player for control of the ball during Harrison’s win. The Huskies are currently 6-3 on the year.

“When we were able to keep possession, we were able to utilize the speed that Sophia Wice has on the outside,” said Rye Neck coach Susan Hannon. “When we connected our passes, we were able to create some opportunities.”

And Panther goalie Julia Kelly did her best against Harrison’s torrid attack, racking up 15 saves to help keep Rye Neck in the game.

For the 1-7 Panthers—who have battled injuries and illness to key players all season long—losses to teams like Harrison should only serve to prepare the team for its postseason endeavors.

“Putting teams like Harrison and Nanuet on the schedule, those are stronger schools,” Hannon said. “In the past, when we’ve made sectionals, we hadn’t been tested in the regular season, so this is good experience for us.”

The Panthers will travel to Dobbs Ferry on Sept. 30, after press time, to take on the Eagles, who are coming off a shutout loss of their own, a 4-0 defeat at the hands of a solid Ardsley team.

Samantha Zinman blasts a shot against Rye Neck. After two big wins, Harrison is gearing up for a showdown with rival Rye.

Samantha Zinman blasts a shot against Rye Neck. After two big wins, Harrison is gearing up for a showdown with rival Rye.

“We’re about halfway through the season, and we’ve got some of our players coming back, which is a positive,” Hannon said. “We have a lot of younger girls, but they’ve shown great versatility. We’re just not there yet.”

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Rye Neck goalie Julia Kelly stops a shot against Harrison. Kelly had 15 saves on the day.

Rye Neck goalie Julia Kelly stops a shot against Harrison. Kelly had 15 saves on the day.

 
A Rye player sends the ball to an open teammate. Rye has outscored its opponents 18-2 in the last three games.

Harrison Roundup

A Harrison player clears the ball from her own end.

A Harrison player clears the ball from her own end.

Football

9/26 Pearl River d.

Harrison 34-28 (OT)

Harrison suffered a heartbreaking loss on Saturday as it saw a late lead evaporate in overtime to Pearl River.

The Huskies held a 28-13 lead over the Pirates late in the fourth quarter before Pearl River’s Kyle Murphy found the end zone twice in the final seven minutes to force overtime. After regulation, a Pearl River
interception gave the Pirates momentum and they later scored on a four-yard John Farley run to seal the game.

Harrison was led by Jack Witte, who ran for one score and caught two touchdown passes to help pad the Harrison lead.

Harrison will travel to Pelham on Oct. 2 to take on the Pelicans and will prepare for their Oct. 10 showdown with Rye next week.

 

A Rye player sends the ball to an open teammate. Rye has outscored its opponents 18-2 in the last three games.

A Rye player sends the ball to an open teammate. Rye has outscored its opponents 18-2 in the last three games.

Field Hockey

9/26 Harrison d.

Pelham 4-0

The Huskies put together a complete game on Saturday, downing the Pelicans 4-0 in a one-sided victory. Harrison had three players: Tasha Garayo, Elisa Arcara and Taylor Fabiani, who all had a goal and an assist in the winning effort.

 

9/28 Rye d.

Harrison 5-0

The Garnets kept up their winning streak this week when they downed the Huskies 5-0. Rye dominated the game from the outset, led by Lanie Agosta’s
two-goal effort to bury the Huskies.

Harrison will travel to Byram Hills on Sept. 30, after press time, before they take on Ursuline
on Oct. 2.

Abby Abate carries the ball up the field against Harrison. Photos/Mike Smith

Abby Abate carries the ball up the field against Harrison. Photos/Mike Smith

 

Boys Soccer

9/25 Byram Hills

d. Harrison 3-0

The Huskies had a tough time with the top-ranked Section I team on Friday, falling to the Bobcats 3-0. Ben Weinstein led the way for Byram, notching two goals and an assist, as the Bobcats’ win helped keep them ranked No. 25 in national polls.

9/26 Harrison d.

Nyack 6-0

Harrison bounced back from Friday’s defeat, pounding the Indians into submission with a six-goal explosion. Harrison fell again on Sept. 28, losing 6-2 to a solid Port Chester squad, but will be back in action on Oct. 1, after press time, when they take on a surging Rye team.

The Garnets beat Byram Hills 1-0 on Sept. 29 and will look to continue their winning ways when they hit the road to play the Huskies.

Rye and Harrison players battle for the ball on Sept. 28. Rye topped Harrison 5-0.

Rye and Harrison players battle for the ball on Sept. 28. Rye topped Harrison 5-0.