Beacon Girls Hang Tough Against Powerhouse Rye

Coach: ‘I saw a lot of good things’

By Skip Pearlman

The Beacon High School girls’ soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Horace Greeley last Saturday at home, followed by a 3-0 loss Wednesday at Rye.

The good news for Beacon is the team played well against Rye, one of the top teams in Section 1.

“Rye is a very, very good team, so this was a big test,” said Coach Hugo Alzate. “I saw a lot of good things. We had good organization, good distribution, we worked well as a unit and we frustrated them. We stuck with them, and our girls showed a lot of improvement. We made them work for their goals.”

Meagan Meeuwisse (Photo by S. Pearlman)

Senior team captain Meagan Meeuwisse had a busy day in net, stopping 12 shots.

“Meagan had a great game, she showed why she was All-Section last year,” Alzate said. “Sam McDowell also had a great game, and our defense played great.”

In the loss to Greeley, Jessica Spadafino scored the goal for Beacon, on an assist from Eliza Ericson. Meeuwisse had four saves.

Against Greeley, the Bulldogs “came out a little slow, a little lethargic,” Alzate said. “We almost didn’t seem ready. Greeley has incredible speed, and we struggled with that tremendously. Our defense — Katelyn Rosa and Anna Manente — didn’t stop working. It wasn’t going our way, but they kept working.”

Beacon is scheduled to host Yonkers on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m.

Photos by S. Pearlman

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