Garnets Ousted from Section Quarterfinals by Lourdes

The season ended in disappointment for the Rye boys’ soccer team November 2 at home in the Class A Section quarterfinals. Our Lady of Lourdes, ranked No. 12, upended the fourth-seeded Garnets 2-1.

Lourdes went up 1-0 in the fourth minute of the match, when speedy striker Billy Alford scored on James Rimmer. The Garnets had a golden opportunity to tie the game with 14 minutes remaining in the half, but neither Buck Reynolds nor Ryan Rogers could cash in with the goalkeeper out of position.

JP Barrett

The Warriors extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second half on a Jeffrey Kozlowski goal. Reynolds sliced the score to 2-1 on a penalty kick seven minutes later, yet – despite several late opportunities – Rye never evened the ledger.

“The difference was a few inches here and a crossbar there,” said head coach Jared Small. “Lourdes, as we knew coming into the match, had some phenomenal players. And so do we. Ultimately, the difference between winning and losing comes down to a few key moments and a few key bounces. Lourdes made the most of the opportunities they generated, and we, unfortunately, came up short.”

Rye’s year was not without its highlights. The Garnets finished 10-6-2, buoyed by a sizzling start and finish to the regular season. The team opened 4-0, which garnered them a top-five New York State Class A ranking. After a dry spell where they dropped four of five contests, albeit to exceptional opponents, Rye went 6-1-1 over their final eight matches. They then throttled No. 13 Yonkers 5-0 in the first round of the playoffs. Stefan Woort-Menker netted two goals for the Garnets in victory.

The Garnets graduate an 11-man senior class this June, including captains Arber Xhema, Reynolds, and Brandon Robinson. All were longtime contributors. Reynolds led Rye with 13 goals. Small said the program will miss all of its leaders, but singled out one player in particular.

“I want to highlight JP Barrett for his willingness to leave his more natural position – outside back – to help us address a need to reinvigorate our offense in the middle part of the season,” said Small of the senior, who finished with three goals and five assists. “JP is a tenacious player who earned the respect of his coaches and teammates for putting the team before self, stepping into a new position and giving the team his best effort.”


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