Somers 35, Clarkstown North 0
Section 1 Class A Quarterfinals
Behind a dominant effort on both sides of the ball, second-seeded Somers cruised past No. 7 Clarkstown North, 35-0, in the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals on Oct. 25.
Jackson Kossow found Charlie Balancia on a 25-yard touchdown reception to open up the scoring less than four minutes into the game. Matt Kapica’s kick gave the host Tuskers a 7-0 lead.
“The touchdown was a simple check down on a roll out pass and Charlie made a few guys miss and powered his way in,” said Kossow, who threw for 116 yards and rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns.
Jack Kaiser had a pair of touchdown runs of 5 and 17 yards in the second quarter to send Somers into the break up 21-0. He rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries.
Kossow scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak in the third quarter and had a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth to close out the scoring.
Balancia picked up 177 yards of total offense with seven carries for 88 yards and he caught two passes, totaling 89 yards.
Dominic Cheek paced a stout Tusker defensive effort with 10 tackles and a sack. Daniel Rios had an interception.
“Our defense was incredible and allowed our offense to take control of the game in the first half,” Kossow said.
Somers will host third-seeded Rye in the Section 1 Class A semifinals on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The Tuskers came from behind to defeat the Garnets 28-24 back in a Week 3 contest that started a run of six straight wins.
“We are all super focused on getting better as a team and working on the game plan the coaches put together,” Kossow said. “It’s going to be an incredible atmosphere and we can’t wait.”
Field Hockey (10-3-4)
Somers 3, Brewster 0
Section 1 Class B Quarterfinals
Nicole Garrity was forced to watch from the sideline when Somers’ season ended last year in a shootout in the quarterfinals
This year, the senior goalie was in action and played a pivotal role. She made 12 saves to help propel second-seeded Somers to a 3-0 win over Brewster in the Section 1 Class B quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
“I don’t know how to put it into words,” Garrity said of advancing to the semifinals. “It’s very exciting for me because last year I did break my foot right before (the quarterfinals). This is a huge victory for us.”
Midway through the first half, Erin Clark broke the ice when she scored on a feed from Bella Del Vecchio to make it 1-0 Tuskers.
“For us, it was such a big thing to get here (the quarterfinals), and really finish,” Clark said. “Last year, we were so excited going into it and didn’t get the outcome we wanted. This year, we knew what we had to do. We had to keep passing fast. With a team like Brewster, last game we only beat them 1-0. We knew we had to get the ball down the field and score early tonight. That just put us in the right spot.”
Nieve Mahood stretched the lead to 2-0 with a goal with 7:36 left in the first half. Del Vecchio added an insurance goal with 22:23 left in the second half.
Garrity credited her defenders for helping to preserve the shutout.
“Ciara Murphy had a lot of nice saves,” she said. “Also, Abby Brooks and Aimee (Maoriello) played well. Our positioning is a lot better (on defense). Our communication has increased a great amount.”
Clark agreed that the defense rose up to the occasion.
“Our defense played amazing,” she said. “Brewster definitely had some fast players, so they would get by us. Nicole had a phenomenal game. She saved us back there so many times and Ciara too and Nadia (Pennella). They’re really good at getting it out wide really fast.”
Somers was scheduled to host Pelham in the semifinals on Oct. 30.
“I think we’re playing our best field hockey right now,” Clark said.
Eastchester 3, Somers 2
Section 1 Class A First Round
No. 11-seeded Somers fell to sixth-seeded Eastchester 3-2 in the Section 1 Class A opening round on Oct. 25 on the road.
The Tuskers won two of the first three sets (25-21, 13-25, 25-15) but dropped the final two (20-25, 23-25).
Pooja Rao (27 kills), Ashli Ginquitti (10 blocks, 4 aces), Sabrina Somoza (19 digs) and Julia Vitale (45 assists) were the key contributors for Somers.
It was a “very emotional and intense match” according to Somers coach Kim Kelly. The Tuskers had defeated the Eagles in straight sets during the regular season.
“Anytime you play a long and hard-fought match that goes into the fifth set, it becomes a battle of endurance and controlling the errors on our side,” Kelly said. “The fifth game we kept up point for point. Unfortunately, toward the end of the game, they went on a run which put them up 24-19. After we took the ball back, our senior setter Julia Vitale went back to the line and scored two straight service aces bringing the score to 24-22. With Eastchester’s best hitter in the front row, we knew who the ball was going to and though our middles blocked her well all night, she was able to push the ball beyond the block for the win.”
Despite falling short, Kelly was proud of her squad.
“This team accomplished some incredible wins this season, with beating Walter Panas being the highlight,” she said. “The seniors will take this win with them and our returning players will use not just the success we had, but the failures to help fuel them next season.
“This team will miss our graduating seniors greatly. All their hard work, dedication and commitment to the program over the last four years is nothing short of admirable. It’s been an honor to coach each of them and we can’t wait to see all the wonderful things they do in college.”