John Jay picked up goals from Sophia DiFalco and Zoe Eliades and downed host Rye, 2-1, on an unseasonably warm Nov. 7 afternoon.
With temperatures hovering in the low 70s and playing on Rye’s new turf field, the teams had to deal with the heat, as well as a surface that slowed down the ball.
Eliades’ goal came on a penalty stoke, the second awarded to the Wolves in the match. Earlier, Mia Puccio had a stroke sail just wide of the top left corner of the goal. Eliades converted by sending a shot into the lower left corner of the cage.
Annabel Brennan assisted on DiFalco’s goal, while Rye’s tally came off the stick of Lillian Whaling.
Rye had four corners in the game, while the Wolves were awarded two.
Samantha Spieler stopped seven shots in the Jay cage, while Catia Lai was credited with six saves in the Rye goal.
“As the stats show, this game was played evenly in the middle of the field,” Jay head coach Debbi Walsh said. “Both teams did a great job of keeping their opponent out of their respective circles.”
She continued, “The beautiful weather did not work in our favor as heat and dehydration was a factor we had to deal with. (We) had several breakaway opportunities that were stymied by an aggressive Rye team. We had to adjust our game due to the heat and playing on a new turf, which slowed the ball movement, but I’m thrilled that the girls maintained their overall composure and worked together until the end.”
The win improved Jay to 8-2-0 on the season.
Fox Lane opened the week Nov. 5 with a 5-1 loss at Carmel.
Laila Rosenquest had three goals for the victorious Rams, while Gracie Sonnergren and Nikki McGough each tallied once.
Samantha Reder had the Fox Lane goal.
Fox Lane keeper Ally DePalma was credited with 14 saves in the loss, while Carmel’s Julianna Marrone needed to make only one stop.
Two days later in Bedford, the host Foxes dominated visiting Ossining, but managed only one goal, which was enough to come away with a 1-0 win.
Reder had the goal for the Foxes, who forced Ossining goalie Shannon Stokes to make 27 saves.
“We have been working hard at generating offense,” Fox Lane head coach Kim Gigante said. “Our passing looked better than it has in our last games. Now, we just need to put more balls in net.”
DePalma made one save in recording the shutout.
The Foxes closed out the week with a 7-0 loss to host Horace Greeley in Chappaqua.
DePalma was outstanding in goal for Fox Lane with 37 saves.
Lily Schoonmaker had three goals for Greeley, while Caroline Flannery tallied twice and Hannah Lane and Grace Arrese once each.
Fox Lane stood at 2-7-1 at week’s end.