Morning Round-up: Rye inches closer to League title

The Rye boys’ soccer team moved one step closer to a League championship when they defeated Harrison 3-1 at home Wednesday. The Garnets (7-3-4, 3-1-1) scored three times in the first 20 minutes to seal the match early. Rye’s win propels it to a virtual first place position with one league match remaining.  The Garnets travel to Port Chester (9-4, 3-2) on Monday in what amounts to the League championship match in what is widely regarded as Class A’s strongest league. While a Rye win on Monday would secure the title, a loss or tie would mean that rival Byram Hills (11-2-1, 3-1-1) would claim another league championship.

Co-captain Tim Lonergan, head coach Jared Small, and co-captain Juan Chang

Co-captain Tim Lonergan, head coach Jared Small, and co-captain Juan Chang

The scoring against Harrison started when Chris Livingston headed in a Tim Lonergan throw-in just 10 minutes into the match.  For Livingston, the goal was his third of the season and second header goal against Harrison in as many matches.  Rye’s second goal came less than two minutes later when Brandon Robinson played a beautiful through ball to a streaking Buck Reynolds. Reynolds redirected the ball back to the center of the box where Arber Xhema (3 goals, 7 assists, 13 points) seized the opportunity and recorded his third goal of the season. Xhema returned the favor to Reynolds (6 goals, 3 assists, 15 points) a few minutes later to set up Rye’s third goal of the evening.

Despite controlling play for most of the rest of the evening, the Garnets were not able to add any more goals. Brandon Robinson’s second half left footed rocket from thirty yards struck the top post before bouncing directly down onto the goal line. Despite the fact that no goal was awarded, the sparser than usual crowd was left buzzing by what was easily the most powerful shot of the season.

With just under 8 minutes in the match, Harrison’s Bryan Merlos put the Huskies on the scoreboard when he took advantage of a Garnet miscue in the box. Despite surrendering the clean sheet late in the match, the Garnet backline was again solid for most of the night. Michael Linehan made five saves in 60 minutes of work and James Rimmer made two saves in 20 minutes before yielding the late goal.

While Rye’s sights are squarely set on Monday’s league championship match, first up is a Saturday night clash with Class ‘AA’ Mamaroneck. The Tigers and Garnets last met in 2006 when Mamaroneck — led by Marco Del Pezo, brother of current Garnets’ center midfielder Luis Del Pezo — scored a 3-1 win. Saturday night’s match promises to be a festive atmosphere, with a large turnout expected to support both the Garnets and the six Rye Youth Soccer travel teams (U-9 Hoosiers, U-9 Red Hawks, U-10 Bobcats, U-10 Timberwolves, U-10 Arsenal, U-10 Rockets) that will be participating in the pre-game walkout and halftime exhibition games.

On the volleyball court at Port Chester, the Garnets swept the Rams 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-18). Rebecca Choron recorded seven kills, six digs, and three blocks, and Patricia Sganga chipped in seven kills.

Rye Neck tennis stars Kalypso Buitoni and Caroline Lambillotte finished 3rd out of 32 teams in the Conference 3 doubles tournament to qualify for the Sectionlals doubles tournament. They beat teams from Fox Lane, Byram Hills, Horace Greely and Keio to become one of only 16 teams from Westchester and Rockland to make Sectionals.

Rye Country Day’s boys’ soccer team fell to Hopkins on the road 5-2. Jon Karp and Andrew Shapiro scored for the Wildcats.

At Holy Child, the field hockey team defeated Spence 4-0 in their annual PINK game, where they raise money and play for a cure for breast cancer. The Gryphons jumped out to a 3-0 lead by halftime. Mary Millard, Megan McLaughlin, Katie Amodio, and Catherine Ann Gray all scored goals.

ON TAP TODAY

Rye High School
Field Hockey @ Horace Greeley, 4:30

Rye Neck High School
Field Hockey vs. Harrison, 4:30
Girls’ Soccer vs. Keio, 4:30

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Soccer vs. Holy Child, 4
Field Hockey vs. Convent of the Sacred Heart, 4

School of the Holy Child
Soccer @ Rye Country Day, 4
Field Hockey vs. Greenwich Academy, 4

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

Rye High School
Football (5-1)
Field Hockey (10-2-1)
Boys’ Soccer (7-3-4)
Girls’ Soccer (14-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (7-0)
Volleyball (10-5)
Girls’ Tennis (7-7)
Boys’ X-C (9-1)
Girls’ X-C (10-0)

Rye Neck High School
Football (3-3)
Field Hockey (3-11)
Boys’ Soccer (8-6)
Girls’ Soccer (5-6-1)
Volleyball (9-8)
Girls’ Tennis (9-3)
Boys’ X-C (8-6)
Girls’ X-C (7-5)

Rye Country Day School
Football (3-2)
Field Hockey (5-2)
Boys’ Soccer (4-2-2)
Girls’ Soccer (4-5-2)
Girls’ Tennis (4-3)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)

School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey (8-3-3)
Soccer (5-7-1)
Volleyball (3-4)
X-C (8-5)

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