YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown is scheduled to start its season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hendrick Hudson, and has big goals.
The Huskers come off a campaign where, as the No. 15 seed, they defeated visiting No. 18 Saunders, 6-0, in the out-bracket round, of the Section 1, Class A Tournament.
Yorktown then lost to the eventual Class A state semifinalist, No. 2 Pearl River, 4-0, in the opening round, after trailing just 1-0 at halftime, to finish with a 7-9-2 record.
“We are very excited to get back at it,” said Yorktown coach Rich Armstrong, who has coached the Huskers for an estimated 19 years. “The girls have their sights set on being league champs, with anticipation of Somers being a battle. We have had many girls over the first few days step up and be leaders. All seven seniors have been awesome and leading by example.”
Yorktown opened the season with a 2-1 win over Somers on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Leading the Huskers offensively are senior midfielders Chayce Buono, who was All-League and All-Section honorable mention in 2019; Sophia Spallone, who was All-League; and Cate Ward and Abby Passarella, who will have their opportunities at netting some goals.
Buono, Spallone, and Ward are captains, with Buono being named captain for a second straight season.
Sophomores Julianna Vano and Alyssa Lassen will be up top and potentially be more potent than last year. Sophomores Kristin Linahan and Olivia Lucas will both get minutes that could potentially increase throughout the season.
“It’s early, but I believe this group of ladies can put together some good things offensively and create havoc for many teams,” Armstrong said.
Returning top defenders are seniors Grace Pearce, All-League, and Samantha Paglino.
“Both are tough, physical players with speed,” Armstrong said. “Adding to our defense are returners, sophomore Emily Ward and junior Katie Tomeny. We have a solid group of girls.”
Senior Alicia Menduni also returns to play midfield.
Yorktown’s key newcomers are freshman Kaitlyn Judge and sophomore Nicole Boccia.
“They are technical and skilled athletes,” Armstrong said. “They will certainly get minutes, and time will tell how those minutes play out as we progress.”