Yorktown Boys Soccer (2-0)
Yorktown 6, Brewster 0
Wednesday, Oct. 14 (Yorktown High School)
Yorktown opened its season with a 6-0 victory against Brewster.
“To win like we did it was an amazing feeling,” said Yorktown junior George Popovic. “It was great to be out there with the boys, especially during times like this. COVID-19 has impacted so many people’s lives, and it was a good feeling to be out there playing soccer. It was especially rewarding to honor the seniors on senior night.”
Popovic (2G, 2A), Tony Granitto (2G), Anthony Canger
(1G), David Dippolito (1G), Chris Judge (3A), and Teddy Kozera (1A), paced the Huskers offensively, while Dylan Lopez (6 saves) and Scott Weitman (6 saves) combined for the shutout.
“We have 16 returners, with at least a year of experience under their belts, who are all buying into the same goal here,” Popovic said. “Coach Ed [Polchinski] and Coach [Justin] Huff have had a solid game plan, working around our strengths and discipline at practice. If we hit our stride at the right time, it will be a lot for most teams to handle.”
Yorktown 2, Somers 0
Saturday, Oct. 17 (Somers High School)
Yorktown came up with a big 2-0 win versus rival Somers, sparked by 9 saves and a shutout by Dylan Lopez.
“It felt amazing to keep a clean sheet, and to be able to provide for my team in such a big game against our biggest rival, and it all starts at practice. We take each one super seriously, and work for games like that,” Lopez said. “Scott Weitman and I train hard every day on our reaction, handling distribution and diving, so I was very well prepared for this game.”
The win avenged a 7-1 loss in last year’s Section 1 Class A tournament quarterfinal at Somers.
“Like I said before, it’s an amazing feeling to be able to keep a clean sheet, especially after last year, where they embarrassed us in the sectionals,” Lopez said. “It just added that little bit of sweetness to the victory, that fact that we could play like that after last year. This was definitely an emotional and personal game for me and the rest of the team.”
Lopez preserved his shutout with a point-blank save late in the game.
“In the moment, when Daniel Dippolito (David’s cousin) shot the ball, I thought there was no chance I was going to save it because he was so close and struck it so well, but luckily I had a strong left hand to block it,” Lopez said. “I remember thinking, there’s no way I just saved that, but the job wasn’t done. I had to get up and react to the rebound, and another blast from Daniel. It was the best moment of my soccer career, being able to show out in a big moment like that against our biggest rival. It was a beautiful moment.”
Yorktown’s Peter Tinaj said it was a great feeling to beat Somers.
“They’re a good team, and it’s always a great rivalry,” Tinaj said. “I’m just glad we ended up on top.”
Tinaj helped the Huskers come out on top with a goal off an assist from Judge (2A) with 27:18 left in the game that put Yorktown up 2-0.
“Chris made a great run down the line, crossed the ball in, and I was at the right place at the right time and slotted it home,” Tinaj said.
Popovic scored, with 26:12 remaining before halftime, giving the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
“We came with a game plan, and executed it almost perfectly,” said Yorktown assistant coach Justin Huff. “Our defense was spectacular. We were patient in our attack and build up, and finished our chances.”
Lakeland Boys Soccer (1-0-1)
Lakeland 4, Putnam Valley 0
Wednesday, Oct. 14 (Lakeland High School)
Sonny Karaqi registered a hat trick in the Hornets’ 4-0 opening-night triumph against Putnam Valley.
Karaqi broke a 0-0 halftime tie with an unassisted goal on a free kick, within the first five minutes of the second half.
Karaqi then scored twice more, with 32:47 and 31:19 left in the game.
Antonio Gerbasi scored the final goal, making it 4-0 with 22:12 remaining in the contest.
Derek Jaramillo recorded 3 assists, while Chris Ciraco earned the shutout with 3 saves.
“We were very happy to be back on the field together, and I was excited to get the team win on our senior night,” said Karaqi, a sophomore. “We moved the ball around very well, and Derek Jaramillo gave me great chances at the net, where I was able to finish.”
Karaqi’s performance carried on the family legacy of proficient scoring. Last year, his brother Augie, as a senior, recorded two 4-goal games in wins against Walter Panas and Brewster.
“My brother, Augie, was a big influence on me growing up,” Sonny Karaqi said. “He was a great athlete, and I admired his determination to win. That definitely played a part in the way I approach my games.”
Lakeland 2, Panas 2 (OT)
Saturday, Oct. 17 (Lakeland High School)
Lakeland tied sister school Walter Panas, 2-2, paced by Gerbasi (1G), Jason San Lucas (1G), Bryan Jaramillo (2A), and Jason Pasato (6 saves).
Lakeland Field Hockey (3-0)
Lakeland 9, Hen Hud 0
Thursday, Oct. 15 (Hendrick Hudson High School)
Lakeland started its season with 9-0 victory against Hendrick Hudson, kick-started by a big first half.
“We were able to get to an 8-0 lead by halftime because of our teamwork in getting the ball down the field and grittiness in front of the cage,” said Lakeland’s Emma Fon. “Also, our strikers’ strong execution on corners helped us gain most of our goals. As a team, we transferred what we learned during practice to our game play, which was a major key to our success.”
Fon (3G, 1A) and Keirra Ettere (3G, 1A), led the Hornets to the victory.
“Keirra and I were successful in today’s game because our teammates worked very hard alongside us to have our first win in the books,” Fon said. “As seniors, we know how fragile our season is, so we play like every game is our last.”
Nancy Pagliaroli (1G, 1A), Jaden Ray (3A), Emily McGovern (1G), and Mia Smith (1G) also contributed to the Hornets’ offensive effort.
In goal, Celeste Pagliaroli (45 minutes, 1 save) and Maeve Dineen-Herzog (15 minutes) registered the shutout.
Lakeland 8, Panas 0
Saturday, Oct. 17 (Lakeland High School)
Fon (3G, 1A), Ettere (3G), Smith (1G, 1A), Emily Yazzetti (2A),
McGovern (1G), and Ray (1A), propelled the Hornets, to an 8-0 triumph against Panas.
Celeste Pagliaroli (45 minutes) and Dineen-Herzog (15 minutes) teamed up on the shutout.
Lakeland took hold of the game, by scoring 3 goals in the opening quarter and 2 more goals in the second.
“Getting off to a 5-0 halftime lead definitely gave us even more confidence stepping out on the field together, for the third and fourth quarter,” Ettere said. “A lot of us are adjusting to new positions, so we had some fine tuning to do throughout the game, but overall it worked out for us in the end.”
Lakeland 9, Yorktown 0
Monday, Oct. 19 (Yorktown High School)
Ettere (4G), Fon (2G, 2A), Katelyn Cerrato (2G), Ray (1G, 2A), Smith (2A), Gabby Alfinito (1A) and Nancy Pagliaroli (1A), ignited the Hornets’ offense, in a 9-0 triumph, against Yorktown, which was led by Addy Araneo’s 25 saves.
Celeste Pagliaroli (45 minutes, 2 saves) and Dineen-Herzog (15 minutes, 1 save) shared the shutout.
Yorktown Field Hockey (0-3)
Brewster 3, Yorktown 0
Tuesday, Oct. 13 (Yorktown High School)
Araneo (12 saves) and teammate Nicole Peters (9 saves), stood out in goal, in Brewster’s 3-0 victory.
John Jay-Cross River 6, Yorktown 0
Thursday, Oct. 15 (John Jay High School)
Araneo shined with 22 saves in Yorktown’s 6-0 loss to John Jay-Cross River.
Yorktown Cross Country
Dual Meet with Somers
Tuesday, Oct. 14 (Somers High School)
- Third - Colin McCarthy - 17:58.3
- Fourth - William McCarthy - 18:26.9
- Ninth - Patrick Ryan - 20:16.4
- 10th - Jason Muroski - 20:30.1
- 12th - Michael Dattilo - 21:39.8
- 13th - Timothy Stewart - 21:53.7
- 14th - Michael Ryan - 24:49.8
- Eighth - Grace McClay - 27:46.5
- 13th - Julia Whalen - 31:24.4
Section 1 Milton Invite #1
Saturday, Oct. 17 (Hudson Valley Sports Dome)
Yorktown’s Colin McCarthy finished second (16:48.2) and William McCarthy fourth (17:07.5), in the boys 5,000-meter run, while Grace Tian placed fifth (22:56.8) in the girls 5,000-meter run.