Archive for the ‘RHS Girls' Soccer’ Category

New Queen of the Nets

July 19, 2011

For the last few years, the Rye High girls’ soccer team has been able to field not one, but two future first-team All-Americans. All good things must come to an end, and Lia Bellizzi is taking her talents to the University of Virginia, while Tatiana Saunders will be minding the nets for Dartmouth this fall.

Lexi Hijazi

All of which means that Rye’s new starting keeper will have her hands full. Fortunately, Lexi Hijazi is up to the task. Not only does she already have varsity experience – she started in Saunders’ absence last year – but Hijazi is a star in her own right, leading her East Meadow travel team to a New York State Cup victory and a No. 6 national ranking on GotSoccer.com

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Saunders Kids Clean Up: Tatiana Named Soccer Player of the Year; Cornelius Tabbed Top Fencing Rookie

February 18, 2011

Derek Jeter won it before. So did Kevin Garnet and Mark Sanchez. And earlier this month, it was time for Tatiana Saunders to shine.

Saunders, a senior at Rye High School, was named the Gatorade New York Girls Soccer Player of the Year February 10. She is the first Rye athlete to earn the prestigious honor, which recognizes athletic excellence and academic achievement, in its 26 years of existence. Saunders is now eligible to win Gatorade’s National award.

Tatiana Saunders

“It is a huge honor to be chosen, particularly when there are so many awesome players in the state,” said Saunders. “I am really, really proud, and it’s a great way to end my high school career.”

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Garnets Press Harrison Out of the Gym in Easy Victory

January 21, 2011

Nearly a year had passed since their previous meeting, but the memory remained fresh in the memory of the Rye girls’ basketball team. After losing on a last-second shot to Harrison last February, the Garnets intended on serving up a cold dish of revenge at home January 19.

Freshman Rachel Egan had 14 assists in the win.

Rye did just that, muzzling the Huskies from the get-go and eventually emerging 74-55 winners over their rivals.

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Garnets Fall Shy of State Title in Double OT Loss to Garden City

December 8, 2010

Heartbreak, shock, and disappointment were all emotions felt by the Rye girls’ soccer team in the wake of their 2-1, double overtime loss to Garden City in the Class A State championship game November 20 at SUNY Cortland. But, more than anything, it was the sense of finality that pervaded the Garnets, and especially the 14 seniors.

“Beyond the win and loss column, we came together as a team,” said head coach Rich Savage. “Each player supported one another both on and off the field. The girls are more upset the season is over and that they won’t get to play together again.”

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Amanda Benincasa Was Rye’s Secret Weapon

December 8, 2010

As the Rye girls’ soccer team gained more and more acclaim this season, their fan base increased exponentially, packing the stands for home games and even boarding the “Lady Garnet Express” bus to cheer their team at road venues in the postseason.

It quickly became evident that the knowledgeable fans recognized the talent the team possessed as a whole, as well as the winning ways of individual Garnets. One of those athletes Rye’s loyal supporters were abuzz over was senior defender Amanda Benincasa, the four-year varsity starter who decided the outcome of many games with her powerful throw-ins. Throughout the season, Benincasa’s throw-ins led to nine of the Garnets’ 52 goals (eight assists and one goal), six of which came in the playoffs.

Amanda Benincasa

“Amanda was often required to make 60-yard runs down the field for a throw and then sprint back for her defensive responsibilities,” said head coach Rich Savage. “She had to mark the most dangerous forwards throughout the Section, but had a quick step to the ball and would consistently shut down and frustrate those players. Her effort was truly tremendous.”

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Rye Girls’ Soccer Team Advances to State Championship

November 19, 2010

The Garnets just defeated Pittsford Mendon 1-0 at Tompkins-Cortland Community College in the NY State Semifinals, and will now play in the title game Saturday at SUNY Cortland. Rye advanced thanks to a Pittsford Mendon player scoring on their own goal.

Rye Squeaks by Cornwall to Gain State Final Four

November 19, 2010

What does a tight-knit soccer team do when they’re playing in the New York State Regional Finals and one of their leading scorers is tackled from behind in the box, with a clear chance at goal, and no penalty kick is awarded? And worse, what if they lose that player, Vania Ludman, to a broken collarbone on the play?

If the team is the Rye Garnets, they don’t fall to pieces or let their anger and frustration defeat them. Instead they dig down deep and fight back harder on the field. After struggling in the first half against Section Nine champs Cornwall, unbeaten Rye (21-0) rode a Carter Talgo blast from outside the box with less than 10 minutes to play Saturday afternoon at Middletown High School to win 1-0 and advance to the Class A State soccer semifinals.

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Top-Ranked Garnets Continue Undefeated, History-Making Ways

October 22, 2010

Since assuming the position of No. 1 team in the nation, the Rye girls’ soccer team has done anything but rest on their laurels. The Garnets are annihilating everything in their path, whether they be opponents or records.

Catharine Greer

Senior captain Lia Bellizzi broke the school record for points in a career October 7 in a 4-1 win over Fox Lane. The All-American entered the contest with 198, and surpassed former teammate Alex Rimmer’s mark of 201 when she scored two goals in the game’s first seven minutes.

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Meet the Coach of America’s Top Girls Soccer Team

October 22, 2010

Success is nothing new for Rye High Girls’ Soccer coach Rich Savage. Named the 2008 League coach of the year, he led that team to the girls’ first-ever State championship. Now they’re not just on top of the State at 12-0 but leading the nation, according to the latest ESPN rankings. With the Garnets having clinched the League title, it seemed a good time to chat with the man behind the women.

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Rye’s Sophomore Goalkeeper Finds Her Passion Off the Field

October 7, 2010

Lexi Hijazi, a Rye High sophomore who plays for the girls’ soccer team with an eye toward playing at the Division 1 level, split her summer between recruiting camps and a trip to Africa. The Garnets’ goalkeeper of the future visited Tanzania for a safari with her family, and also brought along soccer balls for local children. Hijazi hopes to be able to integrate her love for animals and Africa with her college studies, and would like to major in marine biology.

 

Lexi Hijazi

 

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