CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – After starting the season 3-0, John Jay’s girls soccer team has run into some stiff competition of late.
The Indians lost to Rye 4-1 back on Sept. 14, suffering their first setback of the year.
Last week, in their next game, defending Section 1 Class A champion John Jay fell to league rival Somers 1-0 at home on Sept. 18.
Ella Kittredge scored the Tuskers’ goal midway through the first half in a game where the Indians couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We learned that we can compete with a very talented team and that we could possibly beat a team with such talent,” John Jay senior captain Charlotte Wilmoth said of what they took from the game. “This game definitely gave us confidence that we can compete and that we are a talented team. Additionally, we learned that we need to make better decisions on the ball. Coach (David Nuttall) pointed out in film many scenarios where if we made a smarter pass we could’ve possibly created a better scoring opportunity.”
John Jay (4-2) was able to get back on track in a 3-0 win over host Walter Panas on Sept. 21.
Wilmoth, Maddie Slogoff and Brynn DiGuglielmo scored in the victory. Lauren Munoz, Julia Rossi and Slogoff had the assists. Shannon Nolan and Caroline Ettlinger split time in net for the shutout.
“The key to winning the game against Panas was taking advantage of our abilities,” Wilmoth said. “We had better technique on the ball and we were the faster team. We took advantage of these things which helped us create scoring opportunities in the final third. We did well connecting passes and being creative with our runs and movements. We were also finishing our opportunities in the final third.”
The Indians were scheduled to host Suffern on Sept. 23. They then headed to Yorktown on Sept. 24. John Jay travels to Brewster for a 4:15 p.m. game, Sept. 26. They conclude a busy week by hosting Byram Hills at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28.
“At this point of the season we need to make smarter decisions,” Wilmoth said when asked what the team can improve on. “A lot of times we aren’t playing the best ball, which is throwing away possible scoring opportunities. We also need to build a connection between the midfielders and the attackers. The past few games we’ve struggled building up through the midfield to the attack by connecting passes. But I feel as the season goes on this connection will develop.”