CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – It was another positive week for John Jay’s girls soccer team.
The defending Section 1 Class A champion Indians started it off by battling Class A contender Pearl River to overtime in a rematch of last year’s section final. Visiting John Jay ended up falling, 3-1, on Oct. 7.
The Indians trailed 1-0 at halftime but Caroline Panzirer’s goal tied the game up in the second half.
“We had a poor first half,” John Jay coach Dave Nuttall said. “We spoke to the girls at halftime and in the second half they were a different team. They switched it on and took the coaching points on board. They adapted their playing style to counter Pearl River and go at their weaknesses. We got the goal which got us back into the game and then we had a chance later on (in the second half). A ball across the box and we just needed someone on the end of it. We couldn’t quite get there.”
Pearl River scored two goals in the first overtime period to seal the win.
“We let in a goal on a corner and that changed the game,” Nuttall said. “Losing 2-1, it effects the game so much and you’ve kind of got to go for it. [Pearl River] was trying to kill the tempo of the game. Once that first goal goes in, it’s difficult.”
John Jay 3, Panas 0
Thursday, Oct. 10
Charlotte Wilmoth, Kaitlyn Weis and Bella Rumack scored for John Jay in a 3-0 league win over visiting Walter Panas on Oct. 10.
John Jay 5, Yorktown 1
Saturday, Oct. 12
The Indians cruised to a 5-1 league victory over visiting Yorktown at homecoming on Oct. 12.
Adeline Angelino, a senior captain, scored a first half goal to put the Indians up 1-0 at halftime. Wilmoth notched the assist.
With 30:33 left in the second half, Wilmoth’s shot deflected right to Mia DiChiara, who pounced on the ball to give them a 2-0 lead.
Less than three minutes later, Brynn DiGuglielmo scored on a rebound after DiChiara’s shot. Katie Labriola scored shortly after that when she headed in a corner from DiGuglielmo to make it 4-0.
John Jay scored three goals over a span of just under five minutes to blow the game open.
“At halftime, we said that we could be finishing the goals so much easier,” said Labriola, a junior captain who leads the defense. “We kind of just wanted to show that we could put the goals away, so we did it.”
Weis said that in the first half, they were playing balls down the sideline “with too much weight on them,” so they made an adjustment at halftime.
“The midfield started playing the balls better and that’s how we were able to play across the back and have easy tap-ins,” she said.
Caroline Ettlinger added a goal with 13.6 seconds to go.
Defensively, the Indians were able to limit the Huskers’ chances outside of one goal with 8:32 to play after they had subbed out most of the starters.
“The chemistry started to show within our team,” Labriola said of the defensive effort. “Everyone was connected so that helps with defending.”
After graduating a stacked senior class last year, John Jay (10-4) has started to click heading into sectionals.
“We’re definitely peaking at the right time,” Labriola said. “Our coach always tells us don’t peak in the beginning of the year, peak at the right time. I think that we’re only getting stronger at this point.”
The Indians close out the regular season this week with two league games at home against Brewster (Oct. 16) and Lakeland (Oct. 18).
“It’s time for the girls to focus and decide who they’re going to be in these next few weeks,” Nuttall said. “They’ve got to put in training and they’ve got to go on the field and be confident. They’ve got to take the hits as well and know that we’ll have to deal with adversity at times.”