Sports

Yorktown Just Keeps on Winning

6f41ce02d04239240157_45181_.jpg
Alyssa Francese, right, is congratulated by Ariana Pjetri after scoring a goal in Yorktown’s win over North Salem. Francese broke her own school record of 25 goals in a season. Credits: Vic McGee
6f41ce02d04239240157_45181_.jpg

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls soccer team won at North Salem 5-0 on Oct. 13, led by Alyssa Francese (3G), who broke her single season school record of 25 goals.

“Alyssa is always consistent with the runs she makes and it makes it so easy for the midfielders to find her,” Yorktown senior captain Ivana Pjetri said. “Her speed up top is crucial to our play.”

Pjetri stood out as well by setting up her teammates.

Sign Up for E-News

“I was able to set my teammates up with four assists because the girls make it easy for me to find them,” Pjetri said. “It’s a combined effort, making the perfect run along with the perfect ball. We all work together really well.”

Kim Bourgeois (1G), Ariana Pjetri (1G) and Caroline Nachman (6 saves) also helped Yorktown, which led 4-0 at halftime.

“Our team was able to play great in the first half because we possessed the ball and were really connecting well,” Ivana Pjetri said. “We were all very comfortable on the ball and were able to make good decisions.”

Yorktown won at Port Chester 4-1 on Oct. 15, paced by Ivana Pjetri (3G, 1A), Francese (1G, 2A), Ariana Pjetri (1A) and Nachman (7 saves).

The Huskers (10-3-1) defeated visiting Rye 3-2 on Oct. 16, with Francese (2G, 1A), Ivana Pjetri (1G, 1A), Ariana Pjetri (1A) and Nachman (10 saves) doing the honors.

After Rye had tied it at 2-2, Francese notched the game winner in the final few minutes. It was her school record 31st goal of the season.

Lakeland won at Brewster 5-1 on Oct. 14, led by Julia Gomez (1G, 1A), Katelyn Bloss (1G), Ashley Acevedo (1G), Jennifer Sabatino (1G), Katherine Maurno (1G), Hayley Flanagan (1A), Jhoely Duque (1A), Adriana DeSantis (1A) and Stephanie Shalhoub (1 save).

The Hornets beat Walter Panas 3-2 in their ‘Pink Game’ for Breast Cancer Awareness/senior night contest on Oct. 13, when junior midfielder Gabi Libretti scored with just 39 seconds left in the game.

“Ashley Acevedo threw the ball in and it hit a Panas defender then it bobbled and Emily Weinborg passed it to space,” Libretti said. “The ball was loose outside of the box and I saw the opportunity to score, so I took a shot. It felt great to score and to beat our rival team. After their second goal our team knew we had to give it our all so we played extremely hard in the last two minutes, which led to the goal.”

Sabatino (first varsity goal), Flanagan (1G), Maurno (1A), Gomez (1A), Kaitlyn Heinrich (4 saves) and Shalhoub (3 saves) also produced against visiting Panas.

Lakeland (7-8) beat visiting Yonkers 3-1 on Oct. 11 with Maurno (2G) scoring the insurance goal with 6:49 left in the game.

Bloss (1A) looked up the field and sent the ball perfectly into open space for Maurno to run on to and have a clear breakaway. After a few touches past the defenders, Maurno took a shot that found the left corner of the goal.

“I really felt great for my team after scoring that goal,” Maurno said. “After their penalty kick cut our lead to 2-1, the whole team really worked hard to get another one to put us at ease. I was really proud of the open spaces we were finding up the field and that was a big reason as to why we got a third one. It just felt really good to be able to finish that for my team and seal the win.”

Flanagan (1G), Libretti (2A) and Shalhoub (8 saves) also got into the box score against Yonkers.

 “As a team we worked extremely well getting the ball up the field and finding the open passes,” Maurno said. “We switched the ball to the opposite side of the field very often, which gave us many opportunities to get our shots off. All in all we took the shots when we had the chance and that’s something we’ve really been working hard to do. I really do think the amount of shots we took and the 50-50 balls we won had a huge impact on our win against Yonkers.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Yorktown

Catching up with Westchester County Executive George Latimer

George Latimer, our new county executive, has been in office now for a little over half a year. I thought it might be a good time to check in with my friend to see how things were going. You can see the interview in its entirety on Channel 74 (Optimum) at 9 p.m. Wednesday nights.

What happened last November?

The election last November brought change throughout Westchester County. In my ...

You’ll Get a Kick out of Musical Classic ‘Anything Goes’

I’ve loved Broadway musicals since I was smaller than a piano bench. That’s one reason I enjoy writing about local productions in this space. The more people who go to musicals, the happier it makes me.

I didn’t realize how old-fashioned about musicals I could be, though, until my wife Elyse and I at long last saw “Wicked.” It only took us 15 years to get there.

Loose Ends

July 20, 2018

Real life is not the movies.

Things are not wrapped up in a neat bow, motivations are not explained, and things often don’t make sense.

Two weeks ago, a man driving “triple digits” in a Dodge Charger exited the Taconic State Parkway at Underhill Avenue, blew through a stop sign, and t-boned an SUV, injuring a mother and her 19-year-old daughter. Here is ...

The Adventures of Superdog

I was always very impressed that my dog could bark on command and come when I called his name, until I read in the newspaper about a dog that saved his owner’s life by calling 9-1-1. Apparently, when his owner had a seizure, the dog pushed a speed-dial button for 9-1-1, barked into the receiver for help, and then opened the door when the responders arrived.

Honestly, though, it’s ...

If You See Something, Say Something

July 11, 2018

I am writing this letter because I see something different with the new Yorktown Town Board. I see an open government instead of a dictatorship with rubber stamps. I see the new Town Board working together for the best interests of the residents in Yorktown.

The auditor suggests in his report to not start a capital project without having the money first. A bad example is the Granite Knolls ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 12:00 PM

Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Yoga for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Carmel Cinema 8, Carmel

Film Screening on Suicide

Health & Wellness

Three from Houlihan Lawrence Named ‘America’s Best Real Estate Agents’

July 20, 2018

John Kincart, Douglas Dill and Annette Cicinelli have been named among America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group. They are now members of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents.”

REAL Trends America’s Best Real ...