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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.


Garnets Still Looking Up to Rival Byram Hills

October 7, 2010

The crack of thunder was the only thing missing October 2 as the Garnets took on the Bobcats in Byram Hills. First, Luis Del Pezo struck like a bolt of lightning 47 seconds into the tilt with an electrifying breakaway goal that gave the Garnets an early 1-0 lead. It appeared to serve notice of a boys’ soccer team primed to exact revenge for last year’s playoff elimination.

Garnets celebrate after Luis Del Pezo goal

The ground caved in beneath the Garnets’ cleats, however, when Byram Hills scored three goals in just under seven minutes late in the first half, as questionable officiating and an opportunistic Bobcat squad eventually thwarted the previously unbeaten Garnets, 5-2.


Garnets Top Harrison at Home 2-1

September 27, 2010

The Varsity Boys soccer team partnered with the RHS Breast Cancer Awareness Club Saturday night September 25 by wearing pink uniform shirts when they took on the Harrison Huskies under the lights. The sale of pink ribbons, t-shirts and size 4 “Cure” soccer balls raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

On the field, the Garnets continued their winning ways with a second straight 2-1 decision over a neighborhood rival (they topped Blind Brook during the week), but not before a few scary moments and one exhilarating one.


Garnets Squeak Past Blind Brook, 3-2

September 23, 2010

In one of the strangest halves of soccer played in this or any season, the Rye Garnets were responsible for all five goals that went into the nets in 40 minutes of play against  Blind Brook High School, yet only eked out a 3-2 victory before a thunderstorm washed away the second half.

Arber Xhema

Easily the faster, more technically adept team, Rye kept the ball in the Trojans’ end for the first ten minutes of play, with senior Buck Reynolds sending one sailing over the bar five minutes in and another shot bouncing off the post at the 10-minute mark.


Redemption More Than a Word for Garnet Programs This Season

September 9, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back isn’t headed back to the theatres any time soon, but it could play out on local fields as several fall programs seek to correct the way their seasons ended in 2009.


No Syracuse. No Kingston. Not even a trip to Mahopac for the Section championship. Rye’s stunning, last-second loss to Poughkeepsie in the 2009 Class A Section semifinals silenced Nugent Stadium as never before and caused reverberations that are felt to this day.

But this is a new year, and the latest model of gridiron warriors to sport the legendary Garnet and Black colors are itching to exact revenge on all who reveled in schadenfreude after their shocking playoff elimination.


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


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.”


Morning Round-up: Quarters and semis get underway

November 3, 2009

Rye Neck’s volleyball team participated in Section playoff action yesterday, as did some members of the Rye girls’ swimming team. The fourth-seeded Panthers defeated No. 5 Hastings at home, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23). They’ll head to No. 1 Croton-Harmon tomorrow for the Class C Section semifinals.

Garnet swimmers Courtney Ciardiello and Melissa Fulenwider fared better than well in the preliminary Sectional rounds. Fulenwider advanced to the finals in both the 100 (top seed) and 50 freestyle (2nd seed). Ciardiello will appear in the finals of the 200 free and 100 butterfly.

Six local team are competing on the playoff schedule today, which includes an Election Day Tripleheader at Rye beginning at 11 a.m. when the field hockey team clashes in the Class B semifinals with No. 3 Briarcliff. See the full schedule below.