ORANGEBURG – It has been a rough start for Tappan Zee this season.
After opening the first five games of the season with losses to Rye, Suffern, Yorktown and Byram Hills, the Lady Dutchies were looking to get back on track in Monday’s game against Westchester County foe and fellow Class A school Harrison.
Tappan Zee forward Samantha Pepe set the tone early, scoring on a shot from inside the box in the third minute. The Dutchies never looked back and secured a 3-0 win.
“We had a tough schedule to start the season, with four games in six days, but I think we’re starting to turn it around,” Tappan Zee head coach Bill Lynch said. “Each game is an opportunity to for us to figure some stuff out.”
The Dutchies were composed, controlling the ball for most of the game. By the time Tara Harris scored the team’s third goal early in the second half, it was all but over.
With this win, along with a dominating win over league rival Albertus Magnus back on Thursday, things are starting look up for the Dutchies, who improved to 3-4.
“We’re really starting to come together as a team,” Harris said. “We’re finishing stronger, and really figuring out who are better players are. This was a really good win for us.“
Harrison, a team that made last year’s Class A sectional semifinals, entered the game with key players Shannon Nelson, Erin Nelson and Kayla Hymowitz all sidelined with injuries.
The Huskies are now 3-4.
“We have a lot of players who are going to play less or not play at all because of small injuries.” Harrison head coach Jon-Erik Zappala said. “We’re going to rest our players now so that these injuries won’t bother us as the season goes on.”
Player of the game: Tara Harris, Tappan Zee. The junior midfielder played a pivotal role in helping the Dutchies control possession.
Turning point: The second goal of the game by Theresa McGovern went right through Harrison goalkeeper Kate Ryan’s hands. It allowed Tappan Zee to drop more players back for the rest of the game, making things tough for the short-handed Huskies.
Stat line: For Tappan Zee, Pepe, McGovern, and Harris all had a goal each, while goalkeepers Emma Chalusian and Kennedy Outlaw made five saves each. For Harrison, Ryan made nine saves.
Quotable: “This was a big win for us,” Lynch said, “Really anytime you can get a win, it’s a big win.”