YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Julianna Vano recorded a hat trick, including the game winner in overtime, off an assist from Grace Pearce, in a 3-2 triumph against visiting Lakeland in its home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
“To see that ball roll in, in the middle of the first OT was a relief, but we had a lot of game left, so I still wasn’t comfortable,” Vano said. “Our defense turned on lockdown, and we did everything we could to keep it out of our half. It was intense. Lakeland wasn’t giving up, and played very hard until the last second. Grace gave me such a nice ball, and I controlled it at my feet, turned around, and it went in, bottom left. I really owe Grace for that one.”
Vano said that her team really helped her to get that hat trick.
“We’ve been working so hard the last few weeks, and coming from a win against Somers on Tuesday, our bodies didn’t have a lot of time to recover,” Vano said. “We were definitely a little beat up, but we still pushed through the whole game. It may not have been the cleanest game ever, but we worked hard in every position, especially our defense.”
Cate Ward (1A), Sophia Spallone (1A), and Erisa Krasniqi (6 saves) also contributed to the victory.
HaiLian Rowan, with an assist from Mikayla Gustavson, and Nadia Parisi, on a direct kick, scored for Lakeland, with Sarah Pinkowsky recording 11 saves for the Hornets (2-2).
“This was a very good win, and definitely felt great to have another win under our belt,” Vano said. “We always have super close games against Lakeland, and glad we pulled through tonight.”
Yorktown (4-0) began its season with a 2-1 triumph at perennial powerhouse Somers on Oct. 13.
“It was an unbelievable feeling to beat Somers, we have been working so hard this season, and I am glad our work is paying off,” Spallone said. “This win has definitely set the tone for the season, and our goal, to win the league.”
Chayce Buono scored, courtesy of an assist from Kaitlyn Tomeny, before a header off a corner by Spallone, assisted by Ward, gave the Huskers a 2-0 halftime lead.
“Cate Ward sent in a beautiful corner kick and I was able to gain positioning on my defender and get my head on it,” Spallone said.
Krasniqi tallied 6 saves, against Somers.
Yorktown won at Brewster, 3-0, on Oct. 17, led by Vano (2G), Drita Tinaj (2A) and Spallone (1G), with Krasniqi (1 save, first half) and Ciara O’Brien (second half), combining on the shutout.
The Huskers defeated visiting Ossining, 2-1, led by Tinaj (first varsity goal), Emily Ward (game-winning goal, 1A), Kristin Linahan (1A), Pearce (1A), and Krasniqi (5 saves), on Oct. 19.
Host Lakeland beat visiting Brewster, 5-2, in its opener on Oct. 13, avenging an out-bracket playoff loss in 2019 to the Bears.
“It meant a lot to beat Brewster, especially after last year,” said Lakeland’s Francesca Gerbasi. “We all came out with the same energy and intent; we simply wanted to win.”
Gerbasi (1G, 2A), Tyler Hormazabal (1G, 1A), Nicole Haughney (1G), Parisi (1G), Ava Pagliaro (1G), Deanna Lage (1A), and Emlyn Doell (4 saves), led Lakeland.
“We worked very well off of each other, completing the patterns we’ve practiced,” Gerbasi said. “We began to build off of each other, and see the field better, spaciously allowing runs to be completed. At the end of the day we wanted it more. We went out there and played a harder game, and that’s the reason why the results turned out that way. We hope to carry this onto Saturday against Walter Panas, and through the rest of the season. We all have high hopes for the season, and can’t wait to prove our spot.”
Lakeland defeated visiting Panas, 2-1, in overtime Oct. 17, paced by Pagliaro (2G), Parisi (1A) and Pinkowsky (8 saves).
“Francesca Gerbasi and Linda Daly had really good ball movement between each other, which led to a cross from Francesca,” said Pagliaro, about her OT-winning goal. “I saw the ball coming through, directed it toward my right foot, and took the shot. It felt really good to score at this point of the game. It is always a very close and competitive game against our district rival, Panas, so it was very exciting to have the winning goal.”
Pinkowsky made 10 saves in a 2-0 loss on Oct. 19 at Somers.