By Skip Pearlman
Beacon Girls Edge Haldane in Finale
The Beacon and Haldane girls’ soccer teams wrapped up their seasons Wednesday in Cold Spring, with Bulldogs holding on for a 1-0 victory on a penalty kick by Analiese Compagnone in the 64th minute.
“It was our third game in three days, so I knew we’d come in a bit tired,” said Beacon Coach Hugo Alzate. “We dominated possession but just couldn’t finish in the offensive third. We kept pressing.”
Meagan Meeuwisse stopped four shots on goal for Beacon (9-4-2), which will play the winner of a Pelham-Greeley match-up at home on Sunday, Oct. 21, in the first round of the Section 1, Class A playoffs. Haldane (6-8-1) will host Hamilton in the Section 1, Class C playoffs on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Haldane picked up a 2-1 win in overtime against Putnam Valley a week ago, its second victory by that score, and in overtime, over the Tigers. Blue Devils goals came from Jade Villella and Lili Westerhuis, while Abigail Platt made 15 saves.
The Blue Devils dropped a 4-1 decision Saturday hosting North Salem, with Villella scoring the goal. Platt had 15 saves.
Beacon Boys Advance
The Beacon boys’ soccer team, seeded No. 7, won their first game in the Section 1, Class A playoffs on Thursday (Oct. 18), defeating No. 26 Poughkeepsie, 5-0. The Bulldogs will host No. 10 Nyack, which defeated No. 23 Peekskill, 6-2, in the first round today (Oct. 19), with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals on Monday.
Beacon Girls Play Sunday
The Beacon girls’ soccer team, who are seeded No. 8 in Section 1, Class A, on Sunday, Oct. 21, will host the winner of today’s game between No. 24 Pelham and No. 9 Horace Greeley. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Lakeland Upsets Nanuet
Lakeland High School, seeded No. 25 in Section 1, Class A, upset No. 8 Nanuet, 1-0, in double overtime when Matt Bussell scored after a corner kick in the 105th minute. The Hornets next visit No. 9 Rye.
Haldane Boys Play Well in Loss
The Haldane boys’ soccer team closed its season at home Monday (Oct. 15), falling 3-1 to Putnam Valley. Henry Weed scored for the Blue Devils, who finished 2-14, with both wins over Yonkers Montessori Academy.
Putnam Valley had defeated the Blue Devils, 5-1, a week earlier, but Haldane Coach Craig Canavan felt his team played much better in the second meeting.
“Our record is not great, but the guys have worked hard,” he said. “They’ve been exposed to different formations and systems, and we’ve seen improvement.”
Haldane, the No. 4 seed in the Section 1, Class C playoffs, will play at No. 1 seed Alexander Hamilton (11-3-1) on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Hamilton defeated the Blue Devils earlier in the season, 4-2, and Canavan said Haldane was the last team to score on them.
“We’ll go in with all intentions to win that game,” Canavan said. “We are due for a win.”
Photos by S. Pearlman