Rye’s girls’ soccer team has wasted little time in picking up exactly where they left off last season. The reigning Class A State champions defeated Horace Greeley 3-1 on the road September 16, and are now 4-0-1. Going back to last season, head coach Rich Savage’s team is unbeaten in 11 consecutive contests.
Rye’s win at AA school Horace Greeley, where Kaelyn Lucas led the way with a goal and an assist, was the Garnets’ second in three days. They defeated Fox Lane, another AA team, at home 3-0 on September 14. Junior All-American Lia Bellizzi scored two goals in the win, and junior goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders made eight saves. Catherine Greer also played a superb game in midfield and on defense. The Garnets’ next game is Thursday, September 24, at home against Somers.
The local private school girls’ soccer teams both began their seasons September 16. Rye Country Day lost 3-2 at Hamden Hall, in what head coach Dick Pike called “a really exciting game”. The Wildcats scored two straight goals to take a 2-1 lead, but Hamden eventually tied it up and then scored the go-ahead on a penalty kick with about six minutes to go. Both RCDS goals were scored by Delaine Powerful, assisted first by Elizabeth Wulf and then by Stephanie Sabatini. Rye Country Day used both of their keepers in the game — Devon Krays played in the first half and had four saves, and Kayti Faustini took over in the second and made six.
This game was both a Fairchester Athletic Association and Women’s Western New England Prep School Soccer Association game; in WWNEPSSA games, coaches choose an outstanding player or players from the opposing team. Hamden Hall coach chose Powerful and Wulf as the two top players and gave honorable mention to stopper Liz Judd who played a strong game on defense. Rye Country Day’s next game is Monday, September 21, at home against Hopkins.
In Holy Child’s season opener the Gryphons faltered in a 2-0 loss to Riverdale. Senior captain and goaltender Molly Schauber was a bright spot for the team. She made 10 saves. The next game is tomorrow at NYC’s Convent of the Sacred Heart.
In other local action, Westlake defeated Rye Neck’s girls’ soccer team (0-2-1) 2-1, and Rye Country Day’s girls’ tennis team bested Riverdale 6-1. Also, Holy Child’s cross-country team won their first meet of the season over Hewitt and Nightingale at Van Cortlandt Park. Senior Rachel O’Driscoll crossed first while Senior Katelyn Racanelli and Sophomore Kendra McNulty placed in the top ten to lead the way. HC opens its FAA season next Wednesday at Brunswick at 4 p.m.
ON TAP TODAY
Rye High School
Boys’ Soccer vs. Somers, 4:30 p.m.
Girls’ Tennis vs. Horace Greeley, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Rye Neck, 4:30 p.m.
Rye Neck High School
Boys’ Soccer @ Alexander Hamilton, 4:30 p.m.
Football @ Albertus Magnus, 4:30 p.m.
Girls’ Tennis @ Pleasantville, 4:15 p.m.
Volleyball @ Rye, 4:30 p.m.
Rye Country Day School
Field Hockey @ Holy Child, 4 p.m. (I’ll be there)
Football vs. Moore Catholic, 4 p.m.
School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey vs. Rye Country Day, 4 p.m.