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Yorktown’s Alyssa Francese pushes the attack. Credits: Vic McGee

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls soccer squad played tough but fell 3-2 to visiting John Jay-East Fishkill on Sept. 15.

On the bright side, Alyssa Francese was named the Con Ed Scholar Athlete of the Week.

“It means a lot to me to be named the Con Ed Award winner,” Francese said. “It is a huge honor to have even been nominated for the award and to win it means the world. It’s a great accomplishment for me and it will push me to work even harder as the season goes on to continue to have a successful season for the team.”

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Francese, who will play next fall at Stony Brook University, tallied the opening goal within the first 40 seconds of the contest.

“[It] came from a long ball sent from Emily Metz,” Francese said. “I was able to run it down with two defenders on my back and place it past the goalie.”

John Jay tallied one first-half goal and two second-half goals to take a 3-1 lead before Yorktown’s Ciara Frawley cut the Patriots’ advantage in half with 25 minutes left in the game.

“We were able to get a corner-kick opportunity and Ivana Pjetri crossed a great ball over the middle,” Frawley said. “Kim Bourgeois was able to get a touch on the ball that was stumbled by the goalie and I was able to finish.”

Caroline Nachman made seven saves for the Huskers (2-1).

“We had some miscues giving up two goals in the beginning of the second half and at some points had some trouble possessing in the midfield, but we definitely fought hard until the end,” Frawley said. “Although we would have liked a better outcome, we overall played well as a unit.”

Lakeland’s Katelyn Bloss tied visiting Our Lady of Lourdes 1-1 with 4:32 remaining before halftime, kick-starting the Hornets to a 5-1 win on Sept. 13.

“My first goal started with a great through ball from the left side by Gabi Libretti,” Bloss said. “The ball slotted through the defenders and I ran onto it, cut to the left of the goalie, went around her and shot it. I think after we responded with a goal that our team felt motivated and wanted to keep working hard to break the tie and win the game.”

Katherine Maurno (1A) and Bloss scored back to back early in the second half to put Lakeland (2-3) up 3-1.

“It was really important to us to get the early lead in the second half and take control of the game,” Bloss said. “We came out with intensity and that helped us get the early goals.”

Julia Gomez (1G), Libretti (1G, 1A), Stephanie Shaloub (four saves), and Kaitlyn Heinrich (two saves) also got into the box score for a Lakeland squad that dominated possession.

Lakeland finished the week with a 1-0 Sept. 16 loss at John Jay-Cross River, with Heinrich standing on her head to make 14 saves.

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