Soccer

Pearl River and Albertus Magnus battle to a scoreless draw

Pearl River goalkeeper Katherine Carstenson kicks a ball away from Albertus Magnus' Dani LaRochelle (3) and Pearl River's Sarah Donovan during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Pearl River goalkeeper Katherine Carstenson kicks a ball away from Albertus Magnus’ Dani LaRochelle (3) and Pearl River’s Sarah Donovan during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Albertus Magnus' Mazie Stiles (24) wins an aerial battle for the ball against Pearl River's Cate Feerick during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Albertus Magnus’ Mazie Stiles (24) wins an aerial battle for the ball against Pearl River’s Cate Feerick during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Pearl River's Kate McNally (7) is defended by Albertus Magnus' Mazie Stiles during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Pearl River’s Kate McNally (7) is defended by Albertus Magnus’ Mazie Stiles during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Albertus Magnus' Dani LaRochelle (3) and Pearl River's Julia Pozzuto chase after the ball during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Albertus Magnus’ Dani LaRochelle (3) and Pearl River’s Julia Pozzuto chase after the ball during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Pearl River's Shaelynn Guilfoyle (18) attempts to play the ball while being defended by Albertus Magnus' Mary Amonica during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

Pearl River’s Shaelynn Guilfoyle (18) attempts to play the ball while being defended by Albertus Magnus’ Mary Amonica during a Section 1 girls soccer game between Pearl River and Albertus Magnus at Pearl River High School on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. The teams played to a scoreless draw.

PEARL RIVER – Prior to Saturday morning’s game at Pearl River, Albertus Magnus was thinking defense.

Following Thursday’s mistake-filled loss to Tappan Zee, the Falcons worked on their marking and defensive rotations in the following day’s practice.

“We worked on how when someone goes outside, someone has to go middle,” Albertus Magnus senior Victoria McNamara said. “I’ve never lost like that, we were not ourselves on the field (against Tappan Zee).”

That focus nearly worked against Pearl River, one of Section 1’s top teams.

Both teams traded chances throughout the game, but Albertus Magnus’ defense held strong and Pearl River got a couple of big saves from new starting goalkeeper Katherine Carstenson in what turned out to be a 0-0 draw.

“Pearl River is a great team; we did have our chances, we just weren’t able to finish them, but our girls played great,” said Albertus Magnus head coach Dan Samimi, who is in his first year with the program. “It’s a great result; for them to come back defensively and not give up a goal to Pearl River in 110 minutes, it was great.”

Carstenson, a junior, stopped the best chance either team had in the game. In the 50th minute, Albertus Magnus’ Dani LaRochelle latched onto a pass that got behind the Pearl River defense, but Carstenson managed to get in front of the shot attempt.

Not bad for someone filling in the shoes of Lauren Gallagher, the top goalkeeper in Section 1 last season.

“I still got a lot of stuff to learn and improve on, but I think I’m doing okay,” Carstenson said. “We’re getting a lot more shots than we did last year, and that can only lead to good things.”

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Pearl River didn’t score, but had more of the possession, especially at the start of the game. A defensive-minded team last year, the Pirates have already scored seven goals this season to race out to a 3-0-1 record.

“It was a rough game because we had so many chances and opportunities, but we have to have our rough days to get better,” said Cate Feerick, a junior who is transitioning from the midfield to a more attacking role.

“I’m learning to shoot more, and I’m learning to go forward more. I’ve gone from probably two goals my whole career to two already (this season).”

Albertus Magnus, the defending sectional Class B champions, generated several scoring chances off of counters. The Falcons, however, hope to open things up more following this result.

“We have lost to Pearl River multiple times, but even though they had a lot of the possession, we were trying to play so defensively,” Albertus Magnus senior Mazie Stiles said. “We were really offensive against Tappan Zee, and we wanted to switch it up. We’d much rather have this than a 5-2 loss.”

Player of the game: Katherine Carstenson, Pearl River. In addition to stopping LaRochelle’s breakaway, Carstenson came up with a big play in the 78th minute, coming out of her net to beat LaRochelle to a long pass attempt.

Turning point: Toward the end of the first overtime period, LaRochelle set up Kailey O’Shea on another fast-break try, but her shot attempt sailed over the net. It was the best scoring chance in overtime for either side.

Quotable: “I think each game, she’s getting more confident, she has a great feel for the game and the defenders now have a good read on her,” Pearl River head coach Tim Peabody said of Carstenson. “She’s really coming into her own. She’s composed, she’s playing the ball with her feet very well. She was great today on those two plays and that’s all you need to ask for.”

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