BEDFORD, N.Y. - Yorktown’s Cailin Gale scored her first varsity goal, giving her squad a 1-0 halftime lead on Sept. 28 at Fox Lane, propelling Yorktown to a 3-1 girls soccer victory.
“It’s always best to score first because it sets the tone for the rest of the game,” Yorktown senior captain Emily Metz said. “We were all really excited to see Cailin score. She’s a really hard worker and deserved that great goal.”
The Foxes tied it at 1-1 early in the second half, but freshman Sophia Spallone tallied her second varsity goal with 25:10 left in the second half to help the Huskers regain the lead. Ariana Pjetri added an insurance goal a few minutes later.
“We all connected our passes really well and communicated with each other,” Metz said. “Both Soph and Ari also had nice goals that got the whole team pumped.”
Husker goalkeeper Olivia DeCicco finished with three saves to preserve the win.
Yorktown (6-3) played a strong first half, trailing defending league champion Horace Greeley just 1-0 at halftime on Sept. 26 before falling 4-0.
“During the first half we maintained possession and had good offensive opportunities,” Metz said. “We just weren’t able to finish today.”
Visiting Greeley did, however, with Rebecca Putnam (2G), Stella Schwartz (1G) and Tessa DeRose (1G) scoring goals.
“During the second half, Greeley did a good job creating chances and finishing them,” Metz said. “Next time we’ll have to do a better job taking advantage of our opportunities. We’re looking forward to playing them again and having a different outcome.”
DeCicco made nine saves in goal against Greeley.
Lakeland jumped out to a 4-2 halftime lead and rolled to an 8-2 victory against visiting Brewster on Sept. 26.
“We got off to a good start because of our will to win,” Lakeland senior Katelyn Bloss said. “Coming into the game off a few losses, we wanted to go out there and show that we are a strong team and can put the ball in the net.”
The Hornets continued to do that in the second half, outscoring the Bears 4-0 after halftime.
“The second half we turned up the intensity immediately,” Bloss said. “We wanted to put the game away and did so by working together and creating plays to find the back of the net. During this game especially, we got everyone and every position involved in the action, which was really fun.”
Sophomore Hayley Flanagan (2G) and freshman Francesca Gerbasi (1G, 1A) were two players that stood out for the Hornets.
“They played well because of how hard they work,” Bloss said. “Francesca and Hayley are players who give it 110 percent every time they step on the field. It’s important that these young players are at this level because it shows the type of well-rounded program we are and how the future of Lakeland soccer will be, given that we are graduating 13 seniors.”
Another underclassmen who will be an important part of Lakeland’s future is sophomore Veronica Lage, who tallied her first varsity goal.
Bloss (1G, 1A), Sarah MacDonald (1G, 1A), Jhoely Duque (1G), Julia Gomez (1G), Adrianna DeSantis (1A), Gabi Libretti (1A), Caley Doell (3 saves) and Stephanie Shaloub (2 saves) also contributed to the Hornets’ victory.
Lakeland (5-4-1) finished the week with a 0-0 tie in overtime at Walter Panas on Sept. 28, with Shalhoub keeping Panas scoreless by recording seven saves.