Morning Round-up: Wildcats hold on for victory

Rye Country Day’s football team staved off a furious Hackley rally Sunday at home, and came out 33-27 winners. The Hornets trailed 33-13 in the fourth quarter, but two quick touchdowns put them right back in the game. Rye Country Day never gave the ball back however, and was able to kill the remaining time left on the clock. Senior captain Brian Glazewski had a huge day for the Wildcats, rushing 17 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns, including one on an exhilirating 78-yard dash for paydirt.

John Calandros leads his Wildcats

John Calandros leads his Wildcats

At Nugent Stadium on Saturday, Manhattan’s Martin Luther King (10-1-1)  was on form in a 3-0 win over the Rye boys’ soccer team (5-3-4) in the 3rd Annual Rye-MLK Challenge.  A year after upsetting then nationally ranked #4 MLK, the Garnets were unable to keep the Knights from scoring this time around. Souleymane Kone opened the scoring for MLK in the 16th minute when he slipped by the Rye defense and beat keeper James Rimmer to his left. Although MLK was able to dominate possession for most of the first half, Rye nearly tied the score when Tim Lonergan drove a header just wide of the left post in the 33rd minute. The final 10 minutes of the first half may have been Rye’s strongest, as Buck Reynolds and Luis Del Pezo put together several nice combinations in the offensive third.

The second half saw MLK again asset its dominance. Displaying their trademark flair and creativity, MLK’s collection of international stars (players from 12 different countries suited up for MLK) strung ten to twelve passes together with ease. All six feet and four inches of defender Moulaye Traore soared above Rye’s defense to convert a Moriken Sangary corner kick to put MLK up 2-0 in the 60th minte.  Rye’s Brandon Robinson nearly cut the lead in half when his breakaway shot hit MLK keeper’s Jean Carlos Perez square in the face. Perhaps the best opportunity of the day for Rye resulted not in a goal but rather a corner kick that was cleared again by the behemoth Traore. Within minutes, MLK’s Patrick Pierre parlayed a Rye defensive gaffe at midfield into a game icing breakaway goal.

As in past years, the teams exchanged t-shirts after the match and were treated to a lunch provided by Rye’s soccer parents. MLK now owns a 2-1 all-time record in a series that has proven to be a valuable experience for both teams. MLK used last year’s surprise loss as motivation to run the tables and cruise to an 11th New York City championship. Rye hopes to draw similar inspiration from this year’s loss as it prepares for several local derbies with neighborhood rivals Harrison, Port Chester, and Mamaroneck during the last two weeks of the regular season.  Up first is a tilt with perennial foe and league leader Byram Hills (8-1-1) on Thursday at Nugent Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Wulf, Steph Sabatini, and Jenna Frank came up big Saturday as Rye Country Day’s girls’ soccer team trounced visiting Millbrook School  7 – 0. Wulf scored the opening goal five minutes into the game on a feed from Delaine Powerful, then she assisted Sammy Friedwald’s first varsity goal on the second score. Sabatini assisted on goals by Frank and Delaine Powerful as well as scoring herself, and Frank scored her second goal assisted by Wulf.  Bridget Stock contributed a goal and Nicki Rosenbach, an assist. The prettiest goal of the game was Powerful’s header off Sabatini’s perfect cross. Kayti Faustini and Devon Kraus each had a save sharing duties in goal.

Rye’s field hockey team finally gave up a goal Saturday at home, but still defeated Pine Plains 4-1. Annie VanWagenen scored twice for the Garnets, and Emma Brinkman scored a goal and recorded an assist. The win was Rye’s eighth in a row, a streak in which they’ve outscored opponents 31-1.

Rye Neck’s football team had a tough go of it Saturday at home, losing to a very talented Bronxville squad, 34-0. Shane O’Shea had 129 yards through the air for the Black Hats.

ON TAP TODAY

Rye High School
Field Hockey vs. John Jay-East Fishkill, 1

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
No Games Scheduled

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

Rye High School
Football (4-1)
Field Hockey (8-1-1)
Boys’ Soccer (5-3-4)
Girls’ Soccer (10-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (6-0)
Volleyball (7-4)
Girls’ Tennis (7-7)
Boys’ X-C (9-1)
Girls’ X-C (9-0)

Rye Neck High School
Football (2-3)
Field Hockey (3-7)
Boys’ Soccer (7-5)
Girls’ Soccer (4-5-1)
Volleyball (6-6)
Girls’ Tennis (9-2)
Boys’ X-C (8-6)
Girls’ X-C (7-5)

Rye Country Day School
Football (3-1)
Field Hockey (3-1)
Boys’ Soccer (3-1-2)
Girls’ Soccer (4-3-1)
Girls’ Tennis (3-2)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)

School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey (5-2-3)
Soccer (3-6-1)
Volleyball (2-4)
X-C (8-5)

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