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Garnets Ousted from Section Quarterfinals by Lourdes

November 4, 2010

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.


Brinkman’s Scoring Burst Sends Garnets Back to Section Semifinals

November 4, 2010

Give Rye field hockey’s Emma Brinkman two minutes, and she’ll deliver the victory. The junior scored three goals in a matter of 113 seconds in the Class B Section quarterfinals November 2, removing any doubt from what was a one-score game. The second-seeded Garnets went on to defeat No. 7 Walter Panas 7-0, and remain undefeated at 17-0 heading into the semifinals with sixth-seeded Pleasantville post press time.

Emma Brinkman is congratulated after one of four goals

Rye was locked in a tightly-contested 1-0 game until Brinkman detonated with little over 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Careening through traffic like a bike messenger, Brinkman scored her first goal on an assist from Claire O’Callaghan. She was at it again one minute later, weaving her way into a nest of defenders to connect on a Katie Killup assist. Finally, with 8:43 left in the first half, Rye’s leading goal scorer stuffed in a Killup rebound that gave her team a 4-0 lead and demoralized the Panthers.


Rye Neck Doubles Team Defies Odds, Advances to Section Quarterfinals

November 4, 2010

“Just happy to be here” isn’t an endearing term in sports. It’s used when a team has advanced much farther than anyone – even the squad itself – expected them to, but right before they’re smashed by a high-caliber opponent in a championship-level round.

And while Rye Neck’s doubles team of Diana King and Ekim Buyuk – both eighth graders – were visibly ebullient October 28 at the Section 1 Tournament in Ardsley, it was clear they never received the memo about rolling over.

Diana King

The young Panthers squared off with Nyack’s Kristen Soeder and Clarissa Armada in the first round, and battled to a 3-3 score in the first game. What was an even contest turned from that point, however, as Buyuk and King secured nine straight games to move on to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-0 victory.


Panthers Blaze an Unforgettable Path to State Tournament

November 17, 2009

It goes without saying that the Rye Neck boys’ soccer team took their Class B Regional final loss to Center Moriches hard. The Long Island school’s 2-1 victory November 14 at Arlington High School ended a dream run for the Panthers.

What the team will remember down the road, however, is not that loss, but the indelible journey that concluded with them joining the elite eight in all of New York State.

“We told the kids at the beginning of this season that last year was over and to concentrate on what was ahead of them,” said co-head coach Bryan Iacovelli, who led the Panthers to the Section final in 2008. “This was a different team with a different make-up that improved as the season went on and peaked at just the right time. Coach Frank Gizzo and I knew that when their own expectations met ours, that’s when they would realize what they were truly capable of.”

Panthers celebrate their Section championship victory (Photo courtesy McWilton family)

The Panthers – seeded sixth in the Section playoffs – returned to the Class B championship game with three consecutive playoff victories, including a 2-0 win over No. 7 Bronxville, the reigning State champs, in the semifinals. Bronxville ousted Rye Neck from the final the previous year in a 5-1 rout. The Panthers held a 1-0 lead for most of the game November 5, until senior Adam Gutierrez dished to Ivan Martinez for a clinching goal in the 76th minute.


Garnets Shine at Sectionals; Qualify Seven Swimmers for States

November 13, 2009

There are two ways to qualify for the girls’ swimming State championships: finish first in your event at Sectionals, or hit the “magic” time standard.

The “magic” reference is of course just a cute way of saying “qualifying time”, but – as it happens – the Garnet girls’ swimmers have had no shortage of enchantment on their side this autumn. Rye followed up a perfect 7-0 regular season by finishing second overall at the Section finals in early November. There was such an abundance of strong performances among the 16 who participated that seven are now bound for the State championships. The Garnets will compete in nine different events at the Webster Aquatic Center in western New York beginning November 20.


Head coach Shannon Bolger and a handful of Garnets

“Assistant coach Jaime Saracino and I are very proud of all the girls,” said head coach Shannon Bolger. “They may compete as individuals, but at the end of the day they know they are a team and that’s what makes us successful. I think that is very important. They root for one another and encourage each other to be their best.”


Morning Round-up: Garnets Back in Section Final

November 6, 2009
For the second consecutive year, the Rye girls’ soccer (17-0-2) team is going back to the Class A Section final. The Garnets — reigning State, Regional and Section champs — defeated fifth-seeded Byram Hills 3-1 at home. Lia Bellizzi, Natalie Moore, and Maddy Chabot scored for top-seeded Rye, and Tatiana Saunders made six saves in net. Now the Garnets will face No. 2 seed Eastchester Saturday at Yorktown High School in the Class A finale. Rye has not lost in 25 games dating back to last season’s postseason title run.
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The Garnets are headed back to Yorktown

Unfortunately, the Rye boys’ soccer team was not able to defeat Byram Hills in the Class A Section semifinal. The fourth-seeded Garnets (9-4-5) lost 1-0 to No. 1 Byram Hills on the road. Head coach Jared Small e-mailed over the following:


Morning Round-up: Swim team finishes second at Section championships

November 5, 2009

The Rye girls’ swimming and diving team finished second to Ursuline at the Section 1 championships at Felix Festa Middle School in Nyack. The Garnets ended up with 194.50 points, 91.5 back of first place. Rye swimmers placed in the top three of three different races. Freshman sensation Melissa Fulenwider was amazing in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.29, which was just .18 back of the Section champ’s time. Fulenwider also tied for third in the 50-yard freestyle event. Courtney Ciardiello took third place in the 200-yard freestyle race. Check back here later — as well as in the November 20 edition of The Rye Record — for complete coverage of Rye’s stellar performance at the Section championships.


Morning Round-up: Rye teams own overtime

November 4, 2009

As you can read in the three posts previous to this, Rye’s teams — field hockey and girls’ and boys’ soccer — swept the Election Day Sectional Tripleheader at Nugent Stadium yesterday. No game was lacking drama. Each went to overtime, where the Garnets eventually prevailed and advanced in their respective tournaments. Check out the stories and leave your comments!

Unfortunately, Rye’s volleyball team was ousted from the Class B Section quarterfinals on the road at Hen Hud. The Garnets — seeded ninth — fell to the top-seeded squadron 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-13).

The sixth-seeded Rye Neck boys’ soccer team took advantage of another home game; they ousted No. 14 Pleasantville 3-1 to advance to the Section semifinals. Adam Gutierrez scored two goals and Phillipe Adam chipped in the Panthers’ third. Amazingly, Rye Neck will get to host the semifinal game because No. 7 Bronxville upset Westlake in their quarterfinal.

SPORTS-Ivan Martinez

Ivan Martinez


Nationally Ranked Garnets Take Down First Two Playoff Foes

November 3, 2009

It’s hard enough being the 16th seed and facing the No. 1 team on the road in the first round of the Class A Section playoffs. It’s cruel when that top seed – the Rye girls’ soccer team – is also the reigning State champions and the No. 2 team in the nation. And when that same Garnet squad is unbeaten in 22 games, in which they’ve outscored the opposition 52-6? Well, that’s just plain unfair.

We won

Rye celebrates its come-from-behind overtime victory

This is what Sleepy Hollow was up against October 31 at Nugent Stadium. To combat the high-octane Garnets, the Horsemen attempted to play counter-attack soccer by dropping most of their team back into the penalty box. Although Rye had opportunities to score early, Sleepy Hollow’s tactic succeeded in preventing them from getting on the board for the first 48 minutes of the game. It was only effective for so long however, as the deluge came once Rye cracked the dam in a 4-0 victory.


Linehan Locks Down and Xhema Hits Net in Quarterfinal Victory

November 3, 2009

It may have taken 80 minutes of regulation, 30 minutes of overtime, and eight penalty kicks, but after three hours of play the fourth-seeded Rye boys’ soccer team finally emerged victorious from their Class A Section quarterfinal with fifth-seeded Eastchester November 3 at Nugent Stadium.

SPORTS-Arber Xhema

Arber Xhema

Arber Xhema blasted a ball into the upper right corner of the net to give the Garnets a game-clinching 3-1 edge in penalty kicks. “I was speechless,” said Xhema, a junior. “I didn’t know what to say after I hit that, but I did want to keep our season alive for the seniors. We had to keep it going – we really have something special here this year.”