By Skip Pearlman
Beacon (8-3-1) defeated Lourdes, 2-1, at home (Warren Banks had both goals) and Peekskill, 5-2, on the road to remain undefeated in league play. Against Peekskill, Miguel Ruiz had two goals and Derek Bilyeu, Javier Piguave and Zach Neyen each had one. The squad also defeated Ketcham, 2-0, and Banks and Regan LaDue each scored.
Coach Craig Seaman noted that the team has been anchored by its defense, led by senior center-back Carter Pedersen.
Haldane (1-9) took some lumps this week, dropping decisions to Putnam Valley (4-1, with a goal from Jesse Sherman) and Poughkeepsie (3-0), in a match that saw the Blue Devils initially keep the Pioneers at bay before giving up three goals after the half.
Graeme McGrath had six saves in net for Haldane against Putnam Valley and keeper Ben McPherson, who had been out with a concussion, stopped eight shots against Poughkeepsie. Fred Osborne also did well in his first game on defense, said Coach Craig Canavan.
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Against Putnam Valley, “we played OK, but some silly fouls cost us,” Canavan said. “They have a few guys who are very good, and we couldn’t deal with them.” He said senior forward Riley Johanson “gave us some good work. He was a good presence up top.”
Haldane travels to North Salem on Saturday, Oct. 12, and to Westlake on Oct. 15.
Haldane (7-3-2) defeated Peekskill, 3-1, and Putnam Valley, 4-0, but dropped a 3-1 decision at league rival Pawling.
Against winless Putnam Valley, Jade Villella had two goals and Chloe Rowe and Bela Monteleone each had one. Goalie Shianne Twoguns, filling in for an injured Abigail Platt, didn’t need to make a save. “We played a sound match,” said Coach Steve Schweikhart. “Chloe was a demon all match on the wing, and Bela had a nice game in the midfield.”
Anna Rowe, Chloe Rowe and Villella each had a goal in the win over Peekskill (2-9) and Twoguns had five saves. “Anna’s goal was just fantastic,” the coach said. “Chloe’s goal was the result of a nice sequence that led to the ball going to the far post, where she was positioned perfectly.”
Against Pawling (8-4), Monteleone had Haldane’s lone goal, assisted by Villella, and Twoguns had 10 saves. “There was nothing she could do on the goals, and she stopped a couple of other breakaways,” Schweikhart said. “We could have done more to protect her.”
Haldane travels to North Salem (7-6) today (Oct. 11) and finishes its regular season next week hosting Pawling on Oct. 17 and playing two games at a Croton tournament.
Beacon defeated league rival Peekskill twice, 4-0 and 5-0, to improve to 3-10 and improve its chances of grabbing a spot in Section 1, Class A playoffs.
In the two wins, Analiese Compagnone had three goals and an assist, Claire Derrenbacher had two goals, and Maddie Bobnick, Katelyn Rosa, Gabby Del Castillo and eighth-grader Chelsea DerBoghossian each had one. Emelie Lenaburg had two assists and keeper Shianne Canada earned her second and third shutouts of the season. “Shianne was a wall,” said Coach Hugo Alzate.
“Injuries have bitten us all season but we’re finally starting to get some of our girls back,” he said. “Hopefully that will give us enough of a push to make a run.”
Beacon’s remaining games are against Hendrick Hudson (6-5) and Arlington (6-5).
Haldane won three times, blanking Putnam Valley, Beacon and Keio Academy.
Against Putnam Valley, Melissa Rodino, Grace Tomann and Olivia Monteleone each had seven kills and Sofia Viggiano had six kills and 14 digs. “The girls played every point as if it were game point,” said Coach Kelsey Flaherty. “The offense dominated in the front row.”
Against Beacon, Rodino had 14 assists, Monteleone had 12, and Maria Barry added five aces and six kills. In the victory over Keio, Tomann paced the team with 11 kills, Taylor Farrell had four aces, and Monteleone scored nine kills.
“This was an overall great week for us,” Flaherty said. The Blue Devils travel to Blind Brook on Oct. 15 and then host North Salem on Oct. 16 and Putnam Valley on Oct. 18 for senior night.
After losing six seniors to graduation from a Beacon team that went 10-6, then having three other players decide not to return, Coach David Ryley wasn’t sure what to expect in 2019.
He built the largely new squad around sophomore Maura Lane (first singles), senior captain JoAnna Galbo (first doubles) and senior Olivia Lynch (third doubles) and said he has been pleasantly surprised with the results: The Bulldogs finished the season at 6-9.
The newcomers include freshmen Isabelle Ray (second singles) and Farah Jaafar (third singles); sophomores Emma Sandison (second doubles), Lindsay Darcy (second doubles) and Lydia Lambert (fourth doubles); juniors Kelly Murphy (first doubles) and Alex Moroch (fourth doubles); and senior Lila Young (third doubles).
“All of them have been exciting this season,” Ryley said. “We’ll be very competitive next year.”
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Beacon will not compete in the postseason. In its final three matches, it lost to Mahopac, 5-2, with wins from the doubles teams of Galbo/Murphy and Young/Lynch; to Lourdes, 6-1, with Jaafar winning at third singles; and to Haldane, 6-1, with Lane winning at first singles in what Ryley called her best match of the year.
Among the winners for Haldane, the doubles team of Mairead O’Hara and Caroline Nelson improved to 13-1. The Blue Devils are 8-6 with two matches to play against Briarcliff and Valhalla.
Coach Simon Dudar said he hopes to send two doubles teams to the conference tournament (O’Hara/Nelson and Anna Brief/Julie Geller), which will include 24 schools.
Beacon (2-3) took a 28-0 home loss to Brewster last week. Santino Negron led the Bulldogs with 14 carries for 66 yards, and quarterback Jason Komisar ran eight times for 52 yards. Quazir Hayes had 40 yards receiving.
Defensively, Angel Feliz and George Pinkhardt each had four solo tackles, and Negron and Hayes each had three. “We were beaten by the big play and gave up two long touchdowns,” said Coach Jim Phelan. Beacon travels today (Oct. 11) to undefeated John Jay Cross River for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Haldane, meanwhile, improved to 2-3 with a 48-30 victory at Croton (1-3). The Blue Devils scored three times in the first quarter and led 36-14 at halftime.
Quarterback Dan Santos scored on a 40-yard fumble return and had two rushing TDs, Darrin Santos had a 43-yard scoring run, Julian Forcello had a TD and Charles Benichoux had two (a 63-yard run and a 76-yard kickoff return). Haldane visits Briarcliff (4-1) on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m.