PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. — Led by rising senior forward Katherine Maurno’s two goals, Lakeland blanked North Salem 4-0 in the Lakeland Girls Summer Soccer League at Putnam Valley on July 3.
“We were really good with our passing in this game,” Maurno said. “We were finding each other down the field and when we couldn’t go forward, we went back to our defenders Theresa Ettere and Katherine DiDona, who did a good job when we went to them. We looked at the field again, got a different perspective and found where each other would be on the field.”
Hayley Flanagan, courtesy of an assist from Ashley Acevedo, gave Lakeland a 1-0 lead. Maurno stretched the lead to 2-0 before halftime.
Adrianna DeSantis continued the Hornets’ scoring, giving them a 3-0 lead in the second half. Maurno finished the scoring, assisted by Francesca Gerbasi.
Caley Doell, Nancy Pagliaroli and Stephanie Shaloub recorded the shutout in goal for the Hornets.
North Salem’s play improved in the second half, as it was able to get the ball past midfield a few times, and almost had a scoring opportunity on a breakaway that was negated by an offsides call.
“We did a good job of opening up and seeing inside of just the way that the ball just came from, just opening up from other directions and looking to the rest of the field,” North Salem rising sophomore center midfielder Julia DeSanto said.
Helping get things on track for North Salem was Amira Flayhan.
“There was a definite difference in the game once Amira showed up,” DeSanto said. “She took control in the middle when a lot of us got tired. She just came in and is always a spark on the field. It’s always good to have her there, especially when we are down like that.”
What also helped North Salem improve its play after halftime is the rapport between the upperclassmen and the underclassmen, including Maddy Martabano, who made numerous athletic saves in goal.
“I think having the older girls there is definitely a good support for the younger girls and it will help JV grow more especially in the back, because that’s one of the most crucial parts of the field,” DeSanto said.
DeSanto felt it was beneficial for North Salem to play a Class A playoff team like Lakeland (3-1).
“Despite the score, it’s definitely a good learning experience for us because when we play teams in sectionals we’ll be more prepared to play teams that probably won’t be as good as Lakeland but we’ll be more used to playing teams with good skills,” DeSanto said.
North Salem (1-1-2) tied Kennedy Catholic 0-0 with Martabano recording the shutout in goal on July 5.