If the Haldane High School girls’ soccer team learned anything from its season opener at Putnam Valley on Tuesday (Oct. 13), it’s that the Class C, Section 1 title is theirs for the taking if they step it up in this oddball, pandemic-shortened season.

Haldane comes into this Twilight Zone riding a streak of nine consecutive Section 1 titles, and North Salem, whom the Blue Devils will host on Tuesday (Oct. 20), could be a potential roadblock to No. 10.

Bianca Harmancin
Bianca Harmancin (15) (Photo by Scott Warren)

On Tuesday at Putnam Valley, the teams played to a scoreless tie after regulation and a 20-minute overtime in large part because of Haldane keeper Ruby Poses, a freshman who came up big in her first varsity start, making 14 saves and keeping the Blue Devils in the game.

“Ruby played with a lot of confidence and deserved the shutout,” said Coach Steve Schweikhart.

“It was a game of strength-versus-strength,” he said. “Our back line of Mazzie Maxwell, Bianca Harmancin, Ella Ashburn and Essie Florke is the backbone of our team. They held up well against a Putnam Valley team that has a lot of speed, skill and physicality up front. It was fun to watch. Considering we only have 14 girls and had no opportunity to scrimmage, I thought the girls did well playing for the first time as a unit of 11.”

The coach said he thought both teams adapted well to the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks during game play.

Finola Kiter
Finola Kiter (7) (Photo by Scott Warren)

“It was impressive to see the girls battle for 100 minutes in masks,” he said. “When the final whistle blew, Coach [Nicole] Ryan [of Putnam Valley] and I couldn’t help but be proud of our teams.”

Haldane lost 5-1 at Hendrick Hudson on Thursday (Oct. 15). After hosting North Salem, the team will travel to Croton-Harmon on Oct. 22.

Beacon 8, Peekskill 0

The Bulldogs dominated in their season opener at home. Kasey Senior and Reilly Landisi each had two goals, and Maddie Bobnick, Chelsea DerBoghossian, Rory LaDue and Devyn Kelly each scored.

Behind The Story

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News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Pearlman, a native of Carmel, was the sports editor of the Putnam County Courier in Carmel for 14 years and for the North County News in Yorktown Heights for 13 years. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Sports