PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The North Salem girls soccer team left it all on the field against the top-seeded Pleasantville Panthers in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class C tournament on Monday, Oct. 28.
But it wasn’t enough for the Tigers to pull off the upset, losing 4-0 to the eventual section champion.
North Salem, seeded No. 8 in the tournament, finished their season with an 11-7 record, including a first-round win over Croton-Harmon.
“Pleasantville is a very good team,” said Ellie Molina, co-captain, who missed the game with an injury. “We came in with a strong mentality, but I believe that our chemistry on the field hadn’t clicked like in previous games.”
Senior Julia DeSanto, co-captain, said North Salem needed to play a flawless 80 minutes to beat a team like Pleasantville.
“In letting up for a very short amount of time, they were able to capitalize and put in a few goals,” DeSanto said.
Despite the defeat, Molina has no regrets.
“Now that our season is over, it hit me pretty hard that this was my last high school soccer game,” Molina said. “Reflecting on the game, I believe we could’ve done more, but not being on the field due to an injury makes it hard to say exactly where our fault was on the field. I’m very proud of my teammates and wouldn’t want to change how Monday’s game went.”
“It’s a weird feeling that it’s over, but I’m extremely satisfied,” DeSanto said. “I have accomplished everything I wanted with this team, had more fun than I could have imagined, and played great soccer. At this point, I only have good memories to look back on.”
She said her coach, Robert Martin, made the experience even more memorable.
“Martin is not only the best coach I’ve ever had, but one of the best people I know,” DeSanto said. “He got out the best of me from the start of my freshman year to the final days of my senior year. He creates such an amazing environment for every girl that gets the honor of being a part of the varsity soccer family.”