YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown girls soccer played a tough game against visiting rival John Jay (Cross River) on Sept. 24, but fell to the Indians 3-1.

“We knew we had to come out strong,” said Yorktown’s Chayce Buono. “We have been training for this the entire season. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish.”

After John Jay went up 1-0 with 19:16 to go in the first half, Yorktown almost tied the game on a header attempt by Julianna Vano that just missed.

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“Our player was just about to kick the ball, I stepped back to the line and I saw the ball come in,” Vano said. “I jumped up to it and tried to snap it, but it just went by.”

Yorktown kept fighting, eventually tying the game, 1-1, on a goal by Buono, assisted Kayla Boyle, with 10:31 to go before halftime.

“Kayla Boyle, she made an awesome, perfect, perfect pass,” Buono said. “We had a give and go. I made my run around, right around my defender and I was able to slot it, far post and it felt amazing.”

John Jay regained the lead, 2-1, with 5:29 to go in the opening half.

Yorktown created plenty of chances in the beginning of the second half but couldn’t finish, allowing John Jay to seal the game on a goal with 11:49 left in the contest.

“We created those chances because we had players working on and off the ball,” Vano said. “Everyone was constantly working hard and moving around and that opened it up to get those shots on goal. We just had trouble finishing tonight.”

Husker goalkeeper Erisa Krasniqi recorded 2 saves against John Jay.

Yorktown also tied visiting Walter Panas, 1-1, in overtime on Sept. 28, with Sophia Spallone (1G), Lindsay Boyle (1A) and Krasniqi (3 saves) producing for the Huskers (4-4-2).

Lakeland wins twice

Host Lakeland started its winning week with a 3-2 victory against Panas on Sept. 24.

“It’s a feeling you can’t describe, really,” Lakeland’s Francesca Gerbasi said of beating the district’s sister school. “It’s just, the rivalry is obviously there and it’s just the best feeling to know that I was able to help my team. My team played fabulous tonight, especially the second half. So, for us to come out on top really means a lot.”

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, HaiLian Rowan tied the game at 1-1, off a Gerbasi assist, before Gerbasi put the Hornets up 2-1 with 29:06 to go in the game, courtesy of a Linda Daly assist.

“I forgot who I got the pass from genuinely, but I just saw space and I just took it because I knew we were tied 1-1 and we needed the win,” Gerbasi said. “So, I just cut in through and I just hit it as hard as I can and it curved in, in the side.”

Nadia Parisi, with an assist from Juliana Moscati, put the Hornets up by two, allowing them to hold on for the win.

Caley Doell secured the win with 5 saves for Lakeland.

“In these games, where you know you don’t connect maybe and finish on the net, it’s so important to just keeping going and just give it your all,” Gerbasi said. “Because as you can see, we finished with all of three goals but none in the first half. If you just keep pushing at it, it will come. Chances will come and it will go in.”

Lakeland (7-3) finished the week with a 6-1 triumph against visiting Putnam Valley on Sept. 26, led by Nadia Parisi (2G, 1A), Gerbasi (1G), Ava Pagliaro (1G), Aisha Bhakta (1G), Kate Macdonald (1G), Juliana Moscati (1A), Nicole Haughney (1A) and Alessia Muccitelli (1A).