Yorktown Just Keeps on Winning

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

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.

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“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.”

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