Beacon fell to Hendrick Hudson, 4-0, but gave the Sailors a much tougher game in a rematch, losing 2-1 in double overtime. The Bulldogs’ goal was scored by Gabby Del Castillo on an assist from Samantha McDowell. Shianne Canada had 15 saves in goal.
The next day, the Bulldogs defeated Kennedy Catholic, 2-1, with senior captain Analiese Compagnone scoring twice, including the game-winner on a 35-yard shot with 16 seconds left.
“Thank God for Analiese,” said Coach Hugo Alzate. “She’s done everything for us this season from playing defense to scoring goals. She made that play happen.”
Beacon improved to 4-11 with the win and could sneak into the Section 1, Class A playoffs with a victory over Arlington today (Oct. 18) at home.
Haldane lost twice, to North Salem (4-0) and Croton-Harmon (3-2), before securing a 1-1 tie against Pawling (9-4-1). Now 7-5-3, the Blue Devils close the regular season on Oct. 19 against Peekskill (2-9-1).
Against North Salem, “unfortunately we had no jump at the start of the game and lost a defensive mark to give them an early goal in the second minute,” said Coach Steve Schweikhart. “We settled down a bit, but they got two quick tallies later in the first half and we could not recover.
“Bianca Harmancin had another solid game at left back and Mazzie Maxwell also did a nice job defensively,” he said. “Both are only sophomores and they keep getting better as the season goes along.”
Against Croton-Harmon, Haldane fell behind 3-0 but scored twice late and could have tied the game on a direct kick by Jade Villella with 15 seconds left but the goalie leaped to make the stop.
Sophia Scanga scored the Blue Devils’ first goal on a cross from Chloe Rowe and Villella had the second unassisted. Keeper Shianne Twoguns made nine saves.
“The girls didn’t quit,” said Schweikhart. “It was one of our most energetic efforts of the season.”
Beacon got thumped by the always-tough John Jay of Cross River, 48-6, with Santino Negron scoring the Bulldogs’ sole touchdown. He rushed for 125 yards on 18 carries, and Josh McCrae and George Pinkhardt each had seven tackles.
“It was a tough matchup,” said Coach Jim Phelan. “Our guys fought hard, but we got beat on a number of big passing plays.”
The Bulldogs (2-4), seeded No. 16 for the Section 1, Class A tournament, again face the No. 1 Indians (6-0) on Oct. 18. “We’re in the playoffs for the first time in some years, and we’ll have to play our best game of the season,” Phelan said.
Haldane (2-4) struggled on both sides of the ball in a 43-8 loss at Briarcliff. “We turned the ball over early, and that set us back,” said Coach Ryan McConville. “They made some big plays in their passing game that set up touchdowns.”
In its final games before facing Tuckahoe for the Section 1, Class D title, Haldane will travel to Blind Brook on Oct. 26 and host Edgemont on Nov. 1.
Beacon tied Spackenkill, 2-2, on goals from Derek Bilyeu and Dillon Kelly and a day later tied Hendrick Hudson, 0-0. The Bulldogs, 8-3-3 overall and 7-0-1 in the league, conclude their season on Oct. 19 at Poughkeepsie (4-7-2). The playoffs begin on Oct. 24.
Haldane battled to a scoreless tie with Tuckahoe but lost to North Salem (2-0) and Westlake (6-1) to fall to 1-11-1. In its final two games, the squad will travel to Putnam Valley (3-11) today (Oct. 18) and host Yonkers Montessori Academy (4-11) on Oct. 19. The Blue Devils will face Hamilton (10-4) in the first round of the Section 1, Class C playoffs.
Beacon (8-2) defeated Ketcham, 89-81, and Albertus Magnus, 76-66, but fell to league-leading Harrison, 87-77. The Bulldogs travel on Oct. 23 to Keio Academy for their last meet of the season.
Beacon (5-11) shut down Poughkeepsie, 3-0 (Olivia Spiak had five aces and Natalia Guzman had six), but was blanked by Lakeland (Tessa Nilsen led the Bulldogs with 11 kills and 17 digs) and Peekskill.