SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland’s Linda Daly, who recorded 2 assists, was named MVP of the Yorktown Girls Soccer Tournament, which the Hornets won with a 3-1 victory against Roy C. Ketcham in the championship game of the tournament on Sept. 7.
“It was a great feeling going into the season because it just shows that our hard work paid off,” Daly said.
Nicole Haughney (1G), Francesca Gerbasi (1G), Allison Sabatino (1G), Nadia Parisi (1A), Caley Doell (5 saves) and Hailian Rowan, who was named All-Tourney, all contributed to the victory.
“We were able to beat Ketcham because we had good team spirit and were able to work together,” Daly said.
Yorktown won the consolation game the same day with a 1-0 victory against Arlington B, with Abby Passarella recording a first-half unassisted goal and Erisa Krasniqi garnering two saves.
Lakeland and Yorktown met in an opening-round contest on Sept. 4, with the Hornets winning 2-1 on a goal by Ava Pagliaro with four minutes left in the game.
“I mean, that was crazy,” said Pagliaro, as her teammates chanted her name. “Francesca Gerbasi had a great cross. Hailian Rowan, she had it, but she lost it kind of, so she dropped it to me and I one-touch, left-foot it and it went right over the goalie.”
Rowan, making her varsity debut, had tied the game, off an assist from Nadia Parisi, with 15:49 left in the contest.
“It felt so great because we needed a goal, we need excitement,” Pagliaro said. “So for Hailian to tie it and for me to finish it off, it felt really good.”
For Lakeland, it was a sweet comeback victory.
“Yorktown’s our rival, we always want to beat them, so we really wanted to work hard, play together and we were able to do that,” Pagliaro said. “We scored and we won.”
Lakeland coach Shawn Sullivan was proud of his team’s effort.
“It was great,” Sullivan said. “They are a tough group of kids, a tough group of girls so I wasn’t really worried when we were down one. I knew we would keep fighting but we didn’t want them to get a second one. So I’m just proud. This really came down to effort and they just stuck with it, kept fighting and it was just a great win based on their desire and determination at the end of the game.”
Julianna Vano gave Yorktown (2-2) a 1-0 advantage with 18:32 to go before halftime.
“She’s a pretty tenacious forward, so we know that if we can find her, whether it’s balls to feet or balls to space, she’s going to be a problem to be reckoned with up top,” Yorktown Coach Rich Armstrong said. “Kid works real hard, got us that first goal to get us on the board. Unfortunately, we ended up letting them get a goal to tie it and ultimately get a goal to go ahead here.”
Armstrong thought that Lakeland (2-0) certainly had out-possessed the Huskers in the first half.
“I thought their ball skills and control were better than ours,” Armstrong said. “They worked a little bit better. Second half, we came out, and definitely played a little bit of a different match. We really didn’t get a chance to test the keeper a lot but again I felt our second half was better. Unfortunately, we couldn’t clear a ball and it bounced around four or five or six times and that allowed them to get on the board and that kind of changed momentum for them.”
Krasniqi (7 saves) and Doell (6 saves) did the job in goal for their respective teams.
Yorktown also hosted Lincoln on Sept. 9, winning 5-0, led by Caitlin Ward (1G, 1A), Emily Ward (1G), Sophia Spallone (1G, 1A), Chayce Buono (1G), Olivia Lucas (1G), Kristin Liniahan (1A) and Krasniqi (1 save).