Beacon sits atop its 11-team league after wins over East Ramapo (98-52), Mount Vernon (87-47) and Port Chester (49-41) pushed its record to 6-1.
Beacon lost twice to league rival Lourdes (4-0, 4-1), but Coach Hugo Alzate said the games “made us a better team. There were 15- to 20-minute stretches where you wouldn’t know that the deficit was three or four goals. We just need to find a way to score.”
Katelyn Rosa had the lone goal for Beacon. The Bulldogs, at 1-10 with five games remaining, will need wins to qualify for the playoffs. They host Peekskill (2-6) today (Oct. 4) for homecoming and travel to Peekskill on Oct. 8 and Hendrick Hudson (4-5) on Oct. 10.
Haldane (5-2-2) also lost twice. In a 2-0 home defeat against North Salem (6-4), “we played a solid first half but made a couple of mistakes that turned a potential push forward into a counterattack for North Salem, and they made us pay,” said Coach Steve Schweikhart. “After that we hung our heads a bit, and it allowed them to get another one.”
In a loss at Pleasantville (9-0), freshman Liv Villella had Haldane’s lone goal — her first — in a 5-1 defeat. The Blue Devils were missing their leading scorer, Jade Villella.
Haldane fell from No. 3 to No. 6 in Class C rankings by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The Blue Devils travel to Pawling (6-4) today (Oct. 4) and host Putnam Valley (0-10) on Oct. 7.
Beacon is 5-3-1 after defeating Poughkeepsie, 5-2, on Sept. 27 (photos below). Coach Craig Seaman said injuries have slowed the Bulldogs but he expected the team to be at full strength when it travels to Peekskill (3-6-1) on Oct. 5 and hosts Ketcham (4-6) on Oct. 8.
Photos by Dan Dillon