Lakeland Wins at Brewster

Hornet Katelyn Bloss keeps her eye on the ball. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

BREWSTER, N.Y.— Lakeland’s girls soccer squad ended its week with a 2-0 victory at Brewster on Oct. 14.

Katherine Maurno (1G), Hayley Flanagan (1G), Uma Pepic (1A) and Gabi Libretti (1A) provided the offense with Stephanie Shalhoub (50 minutes played) and Caley Doell (30 minutes) combining to record the shutout in goal.

Lakeland trailed just 1-0 at halftime against visiting Somers on Oct. 12, before falling 3-0.

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“For the seniors on the team, we all knew this was our last opportunity to play Somers, and we wanted to put it all out there,” said Shalhoub, a senior captain. “We knew this game could be winnable, so we wanted to come out with intensity from the very beginning.”

Unfortunately for the Hornets (7-6-1), the Tuskers sealed the game with two second-half goals.

“Somers is tough competition because they use the whole field, connecting passes from the wings and up the field,” Shalhoub said. “They know where one another are going to be and play good passes to each other. It’s always a challenge playing them.”

Shalhoub stood out by making 14 saves.

“Somers has been tough competition for us for a while, so the desire to put up a fight defensively was very strong,” Shalhoub said. “I wanted to play the absolute best for my team. I was very focused during the game, and I wanted to make sure I cut the opposing team’s angles off. I knew I had to play strong and aggressively against a team like Somers. Ashley Acevedo is always there to make great defensive plays, shutting down the opposing team. This happened many times in tonight’s game. She’s a very important piece of our defense.”

Yorktown lost 3-0 at Horace Greeley on Oct. 10 with Olivia DeCicco recording 20 saves, one on a penalty kick.

“Olivia always plays really well, and has honestly gotten better every game,” Yorktown senior captain Ellen O’Callaghan said. “Liv was on fire and wasn’t afraid of any dive for the ball or punch out of the box. She played as well as she did because of her hard work during practices up until the game.”

O’Callaghan said many of her teammates’ efforts stood out against Greeley game, especially Mae Ward.

“She was a key defender, stepping up consistently to get the ball back in the offensive end,” O’Callaghan said. “I thought she played very strong and aggressive and made a lot of essential stops.”

Yorktown was defeated 5-1 by host Suffern on Oct. 12, with freshman Chayce Buono registering her first varsity goal off an O’Callaghan assist and with DeCicco making 11 saves.

“Everyone was overjoyed that Chayce scored, especially being her first varsity goal and her birthday,” O’Callaghan said. “I believe she has been deserving of a goal for a long time. She always works so hard, battling so tough that you’d never think she was a freshman. I’m excited for the rest of her Yorktown girls varsity soccer career with her sidekick, Sophia Spallone. I wish I was able to play with them both for more than just this year because they are fantastic players.”

The Huskers (8-6-1) won at Port Chester 2-1 on Oct. 14, with Ariana Pjetri scoring both goals, including the game-winner in overtime.

“The ball was played across the field from Emily Metz and I was able to settle the ball down and dribble through the defense to place the ball into the net,” said Pjetri, a sophomore forward. “It felt good to score the winning goal especially since we worked really hard the entire game.”

Metz (1A) and DeCicco (8 saves) also produced.

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