A valiant comeback effort was snuffed out one inch short of the end zone Saturday in Eastchester, as the Eagles defeated Rye’s football team 13-7. The loss was the Garnets’ first since 2006, and marked the end of their 27-game winning streak and 59 consecutive victories against Section 1 opponents.
The contest emanated shades of the Albany Academy State semifinal game in 2006, the last time Rye had lost. Like in that match up, the Garnets trailed the entire way and failed to put points on the board until desperation kicked in. Rye cut the lead to 13-7 with 6:17 left in the fourth on a 7-yard jaunt into the end zone by Cole McCormack, and then forced the Eastchester offense to go three and out.
Quarterback Connor Eck took over from Rye’s 37 with just over three minutes left, and drove the Garnets to the Eastchester 6 in 11 plays. With little over a minute left and Rye set up with a first and goal, it looked like an Eastchester implosion was inevitable. But McCormack runs on first, second, and third down only got Rye to the 2-yard line.
That set up the climactic, fourth and goal finish. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Eck dashed up the middle on a QB keeper and lunged for the end zone. Eastchester’s defenders met him at the precipice however, and stopped the gutsy junior from tying the game.
The outcome of the thrilling game kept Eastchester undefeated at 3-0, and knocked Rye down to 2-1. The Garnets will look to begin a new streak this Friday at Nugent Stadium against Sleepy Hollow.
While Saturday held disappointment on the gridiron, it was a different story on the pitch at Nugent Stadium. Juan Chang’s two goals propelled the Rye boys’ soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Keio Academy. Chris Livingston had a goal and an assist.
Rye Neck’s boys’ soccer team was also successful. They defeated Briarcliff 4-1 at home on the strength of two goals from Adam Gutierrez. Alex Baretto and Adam Gourchane each scored their first varsity goals. Dalton Mendez came up big in goal with six saves.
Both the Rye Neck and Rye Country Day football teams pulled out victories Saturday — each the first of their seasons. The Wildcats cruised to a 41-6 win on the road at L.I. Lutheran, and the Panthers eked out a 14-12 win at home against Tuckahoe on homecoming day.
The Rye Neck volleyball team won a back-and-forth affair Friday, besting Hamilton 3-2 with game scores of 25-18, 16-25, 25-13, 23-25, and decisive 25-14 win in the fifth. Jackie Galeano recorded 29 assists for the home team.
Rye’s volleyball team was not as fortunate Friday, dropping a 3-0 (26-24, 29-27, 25-20) decision to Fox Lane that was closer than the score indicated. Sammie Lee played a standout game for Rye with 23 assists and seven digs. The Garnets also participated in the White Plains tournament on Saturday morning, but could not reach the championship game.
It was another game, another shutout for the Rye girls’ soccer team Friday, as the Garnets sent back visiting Port Chester 3-0. Natalie Stein led the way with two goals, and Kaelyn Lucas scored one.
Friday wasn’t as good a day for Rye Country Day girls’ soccer — they lost 4 – 1 to Greens Farms Academy up in Westport, Connecticut. Mental errors plagued RCDS in the first half, and Greens Farms pounced with three goals. Greens Farms’ Emily Caldwell scored a hat trick, and the Wildcats’ lone goal came fairly early in the second half on a strong breakaway by Delaine Powerful, who beat their keeper to a ball. Devon Kraus played the whole game in goal for Rye Country Day and had seven saves. Up next is a road game at Taft School in Watertown, Conn., next Wednesday.
Rye Neck’s field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to John Jay-Cross River Friday. Jenna Cohen scored their lone goal on an assist from Aly Luiso.
In girls’ tennis action Friday, the Panthers swept Valhalla 7-0 without dropping a single set to the Vikings. Rye Neck’s singles players paced the action, as Midori Takasaki won in first singles 6-0, 6-2, and Kalypson Buitoni came out with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 2. Janelle Smith won in third singles, 6-2, 6-2.
The Rye Country Day boys’ soccer team picked up their first win of the season Friday at King, in a 2-1 victory. Sam Franklin led the way with two goals, and Pranav Seghl assisted on the game-winner in the 67th minute.
Holy Child’s volleyball team also won their first game of the year Friday, as they topped Greenwich Academy 3-1 (25-15, 26-24, 14-25, 25-22) on the road.
Both the Holy Child and Rye Neck girls’ soccer teams lost on Saturday. Andrea Arnone scored a goal for the Gryphons in a 3-1 loss to Hackley. Jessica Wright made eight saves for the Panthers, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss to Dobbs Ferry. Sam Amatuzzo scored Rye Neck’s goal.
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TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)
Rye High School
Field Hockey (3-1-1)
Boys’ Soccer (4-1-3)
Girls’ Soccer (6-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (2-0)
Girls’ Tennis (2-3)
Boys’ X-C (4-1)
Girls’ X-C (5-0)
Rye Neck High School
Field Hockey (2-3)
Boys’ Soccer (3-3)
Girls’ Soccer (1-2-1)
Girls’ Tennis (5-1)
Boys’ X-C (5-3)
Girls’ X-C (4-3)
Rye Country Day School
Field Hockey (2-0)
Boys’ Soccer (1-1)
Girls’ Soccer (2-2)
Girls’ Tennis (2-0)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)
School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey (2-1-1)