YORKTOWN, N.Y. - On Sunday, May 6, the Yorktown Youth Soccer Club’s Girls U10 Yorktown Breakers competed in the quarterfinals of the New York Club Soccer League Cup at the lower BOCES field in Yorktown against the Long Island Jericho Gold U10 team.
It was a tough battle as players from both teams were putting strong shots on goal. Alexa Kaplan, the Yorktown Breakers starting goalie, made key saves to hold the score at 0-0 going into the half. Strong defense from Isabella Walling, Mia Chee, Amanda Linahan, Julia Tobey, and Mackenzie Meola left Long Island’s Jericho Gold searching for a way to break through long into the game.
At the start of the second half, Yorktown came out strong with pressure provided by midfielders Olivia DelGaudio, Sydney Soliz and striker Gianna Pace, but the goalie for Jericho Gold made some spectacular saves and denied Yorktown’s attempts until a key throw in from defender Amanda Linahan found striker Gianna Pace’s foot. Gianna touched it forward past a defender and pierced the top right corner of the goal to put the Breakers up 1-0.
Jericho Gold battled back and tied the contest at 1-1, when their center midfielder found the corner to sneak one past Alexa Kaplan. The game went back and forth until Gianna Pace raced the ball down the left sideline and crossed it to midfielder Sydney Soliz who one touched it just inside the right post to put the Breakers up 2-1 with just under five minutes left to play.
Feeling the pressure with little time left to play, Jericho Gold Soccer Club started pressing with their defense. Yorktown outside midfielders, Sofia Gentile and Gabriela Coppola dropped back to help out the Breakers defense to keep Jericho Gold from finding an equalizer.
With time ticking down to the buzzer the Breakers possessed the ball to hold off Jericho Gold, and advance to the semifinals with a final score of 2-1.
The NYCLS NY Soccer Cup began competition last September with 32 teams and this win puts the Yorktown Breakers at four wins and no loses in the tournament and has moved the Breakers into the final four teams left in the tournament. The semi-final match will take place the weekend of May 19 against the Somers Lady Hammers.
The Yorktown Breakers are coached by trainer Gabrielle Lawrence, Michael Linahan, and Melissa Gentile. Coach Gentile said that this young team has a strong nucleus of talent and strong knowledge of the game as they continue to impress whenever they step onto the pitch.
In other Yorktown GU10 competitions, the Yorktown Flash played a close match away against LaGrange Twisters ending in a 1-1 tie. Despite the excellent defensive efforts of the Flash, including Maddy Riley, Lea Bryant, and Lauren Aviles, LaGrange scored leaving Flash down by 1 at the half. Sophia Miralles and Bridget O'Sullivan split time in goal and worked hard to keep LaGrange at 1 goal the entire game. Ellie Clark had several hard shots on goal to no avail but finally, with a fierce push through the Twister defense, Molly Joyce scored the game tying goal.
The Yorktown Youth Soccer club has 23 competitive travel teams and other recreational teams playing in the Westchester Youth Soccer League and the East Hudson Youth Soccer League.