SOMERS, N.Y. – After enduring a 1-0 loss to rival Somers in their first meeting, John Jay’s girls soccer team turned the tables on the host Tuskers with a 1-0 win on Oct. 4.
“The win was incredible,” said John Jay senior captain Kaitlyn Weis. “It was an entire team effort in an extremely grueling game. To beat Somers after losing to them in the first game meant that we as a team have what it takes to compete in any game if we set our minds to it. We learned a lot from the first meeting with our rivals. We were better prepared tactically for this game with defending set pieces and attacking spaces. The mentality of the team and energy we brought to the game was even better the second time around. We wanted to win, we needed to win and we decided in our minds we were not going home without the win.”
Madeline Slogoff scored the game winner for the Indians with 11:31 left in the first half. Catherine Labriola sent in a ball from midfield, which was headed by Mia DiChiara straight to Charlotte Wilmoth. Wilmoth sent a pass out wide and Slogoff blasted it into the right corner of the net.
Shannon Nolan made 10 saves in net to record the shutout against a high-powered Tusker offense.
“The key to holding Somers scoreless was the mentality of the team and the willingness to sacrifice our bodies for the sake of blocking any shots,” Weis said. “We tried to limit the number of set pieces Somers had given that free kicks are a strength of theirs. We had to stay disciplined and work our hardest to cover for each other. The game was extremely demanding physically and mentally, but we were up for the challenge.”
John Jay (8-3) returned to action when they traveled to Pearl River on Oct. 7. They then host Walter Panas on Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. The Indians close out the week by welcoming Yorktown at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12.
“Our win against Somers is a major confidence booster for the team moving forward,” Weis said. “Somers has been our rivals for years so it means a lot when we beat them. We are definitely more confident as a team in our ability to win the tough games. With sectionals coming in the next few weeks, we expect those games to be very competitive and the scores to be tight. This experience with Somers is good preparation for those coming games.”
John Jay 2, Lakeland 1
Behind goals from Wilmoth and Sydney Bieber, John Jay defeated host Lakeland 2-1 on Oct. 2.