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Yorktown's Francese Breaks Career Goals Record

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Senior Alyssa Francese is the new all-time leading goal scorer for Yorktown girls soccer.
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CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls soccer squad finished the week with a highly intense 2-2 overtime tie at Horace Greeley on Sept. 23, led by Alyssa Francese (2G), Emily Metz (1A) and Caroline Nachman (20 saves).

Francese continued her senior year to remember by scoring four times in the Huskers’ 4-1 win against visiting Ossining on Sept. 21.

In the process, Francese recorded her 73rd career goal, breaking Samantha Russo’s school record of 71. By week’s end, including the tie at Greeley, she had accumulated 75 goals.

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“It really means a lot to have broken her record,” said Francese, who is a senior forward. “To have had such a successful start to the season both individually and as a team has been really great. I came into this season with multiple goals to achieve and it feels very rewarding to now hold the all-time goals record in a career for the school. I’m really looking forward to what will come the rest of the season.”

Francese, who will play at Division I Stony Brook University next fall, also broke Russo’s school record for goals in one season of 24 in 2007, Russo’s sophomore campaign, by scoring 25 in 2015.

Husker senior captain Ivana Pjetri (2A) says Francese makes her teammates’ jobs easier, which helps make her the player that she is.

“What makes Alyssa such a special player is her ability to get behind the defense with her speed,” Pjetri said. “Her ability to make good runs makes it easy for the midfielders to give the perfect pass.”

As a team, one of the keys to Yorktown’s win was getting out to a two-goal lead at the half vs. Ossining.

“I think the reason our team was able to jump to a 3-1 halftime lead was that we possessed the ball really well and our defense played one of the best games I’ve ever seen them play,” Pjetri said.

Ariana Pjetri (1A) and Nachman (7 saves) also got in the box score in the win against the Pride.

Yorktown (4-1-1) won at Fox Lane 5-0 on Sept. 19, led by Francese (3G, 1A), Ivana Pjetri (1G), Ariana Pjetri, who tallied her first varsity goal, Angelica Castro-Avila (1A) and Nachman (5 saves).

Lakeland won at sister school Walter Panas 1-0 on Sept. 24 with Hornet freshman Haley Flanagan scoring her first varsity goal in the opening half, assisted by Gabi Libretti.

“Hayley has put an immense amount of effort into our team,” Lakeland senior co-captain and defender Alexa Caputi said. “I was really excited and happy for her. She means a lot to our team and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.”

Lakeland’s Kaitlyn Heinrich tallied seven saves to record the shutout.

“We shut down Panas by not letting them get through balls past our defense,” Caputi said. “Our defense did a great job shutting down their forwards and restarting our attack.”

Offensively, Lakeland outshot Panas 15-2.

“Beating Panas was really good because as a team we needed a little more confidence,” Caputi said. “We have been playing really hard teams and it feels like our hard work has finally paid off.”

Stephanie Shalhoub (7 saves) and Heinrich (5 saves) contributed to the host Hornets’ effort in their 4-0 setback to two-time defending Section 1 Class A champion Somers on Sept. 21

The Hornets (3-5) were nipped at Rye 1-0 on Sept. 19 with Heinrich making five saves.

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