SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers’ boys and girls soccer teams each won their respective league titles last week.
The boys team finished unbeaten in league play, going 10-0.
“It means a lot to the team,” Somers senior Joe Grippo said of the league title. “We weren’t able to win the league last year, so being able to win it this year gives the team really good momentum, especially now that we are going into a tough sectional race.”
Boys Soccer (14-1)
Somers 5, Panas 3
The Tuskers defeated visiting Walter Panas, 5-3, on Oct. 17 behind 3 goals and 1 assist from Drew Lasher.
Evan Mazzola and Daniel D’Ippolito also scored. Jose Giron dished out 2 assists.
Somers 9, Brewster 1
Grippo scored 3 goals and had 1 assist in Somers’ 9-1 win over visiting Brewster on Oct. 19.
Mazzola and Lasher notched a goal and 2 assists apiece.
Defending Section 1 champion Somers, which is on an 11-game winning streak, received the No. 3 seed in the Class A sectionals and will face either No. 14 Our Lady of Lourdes or No. 19 Saunders in the opening round on Oct. 24.
“The key to having another run to the section title is having good depth within the team and having a good rotation amongst the starters and the subs,” Grippo said. “Having 13 to 15 kids who are able to perform at the same level would give the team an edge in our sectional run.”
Girls Soccer (13-2-1)
Somers 6, Panas 0
Somers cruised past visiting Walter Panas, 6-0, on Oct. 17.
Megan Dineen tallied 2 goals and 1 assist. Jessica Rodriguez and Karlene Kurtz each notched a goal and an assist. Angelina Hurtado and Kayleigh Kenny also scored. Meghan Blanch and Kayla Morgante had an assist each. Rachel Ross made 2 saves.
Somers 2, Yorktown 0
Rodriguez and Ella Kittredge scored a goal each in Somers’ 2-0 win over host Yorktown on Oct. 20. The win clinched the league title for the Tuskers, who went 9-1 in league play.
Alexis Atkinson and Hurtado each had an assist. Ross made 4 saves.
Somers earned the No. 4 seed in the Section 1 Class A playoffs and will face either No. 13 Hendrick Hudson or No. 20 Lincoln in the opening round on Oct 25.
“Winning the league title was exciting for us but we are even more excited to compete for the section title,” Rodriguez said. “We are excited to start sectionals and are taking one game at a time. Our team needs to not only be players but also competitors throughout the entire game and show who we are. We are a second family to one another and that’s an important aspect to have on a team.”