Yorktown Shuts Down Two Opponents

Ivana Pjetri and the Huskers are 6-2-1 through their first nine games.

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls soccer squad recorded its second straight shutout when it produced a clean sheet against visiting Fox Lane 6-0 on Oct. 1.

Alyssa Francese (3G, 2A), Ariana Pjetri (2G), Kim Bourgeois (1G, 1A), Jess Arrigoni (1A), Emily Hirsch (1A), Valeria Manent (1A) and Caroline Nachman (3 saves) all helped the Huskers defeat the Foxes.

Yorktown scored all six of its goals in the first half in its 6-0 victory against visiting Port Chester on Sept. 29.

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“We all look to find each other and possess the ball,” Yorktown senior captain/center midfielder Ivana Pjetri said. “Our chemistry throughout the team is incredible. We all know how to play the ball to a specific person, and when to play the ball to a specific person. I think we just play really well together and we all know exactly what we have to do when we step onto the field.”

Francese (2G, 2A) and Ivana Pjetri (2G) led the Huskers offensively against the Rams.

“What enabled Alyssa and me to be successful is the fact that we have a knack for finding each other with a perfect pass,” Ivana Pjetri said. “Both of my goals today were assists from her and we just have a good connection up top. Also, the help of our teammates supporting us from behind and the help to build up to the play is really beneficial.”

Ciara Frawley (2A), Bourgeois (1G), Mackenzie Merson (1G) and Hirsch (1A) did the job offensively as well for Yorktown.

The Huskers also excelled defensively against Port Chester, led by defenders Arrigoni, Meghan Cegielski, Emily Metz and Hailey Soliz, who were backed up nicely by Nachman (5 saves).

“Defensively, we were able to shut Port Chester out because our defense just works so well together,” Ivana Pjetri said. “Jess, Meghan, Emily and Hailey all  know how to support each other. We definitely have a very strong defensive line.”

Yorktown (6-2-1) fell at host North Rockland 2-1 on Sept. 27 in a game that was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Francese (1G), Ivana Pjetri (1A) and Nachman (19 saves) all contributed to the Huskers’ effort in Rockland County.

Lakeland lost to visiting John Jay-Cross River 4-1 on Sept. 29, with the Hornets’ Katelyn Bloss scoring on a penalty kick and their goalie, Stephanie Shalhoub, recording 12 saves.

Lakeland hosted and defeated Brewster 3-0 on Sept. 27, thanks to a well-balanced attack that saw Sarah MacDonald (1G, 1A), Emily Weinborg (1G), Ashley Acevedo (1G) and Bloss (1A) all get into the box score.

“We played within our systems and didn’t try to do too much at one time and it worked out for us,” Lakeland senior captain/center back Ashley DiPaolo said.

Shalhoub recorded the shutout in goal with two saves against the Bears.

“The key to shutting out Brewster was keeping the intensity up and our offense doing a great job keeping the ball moving,” DiPaolo said.

Lakeland dominated the shots, as it outshot Brewster 22-2.

“It was definitely good to get a league win and it gives us confidence moving forward,” DiPaolo said.

Lakeland (4-7) lost to visiting Beacon 1-0 on Sept. 26, with the Bulldogs scoring the lone goal with 11:51 left in the first half, off the foot of Victoria Banks.

Shaloub (five saves) and Kaitlyn Heinrich (four saves) played well in goal for the Hornets, who outshot Beacon 15-7.

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