Soccer

Theiller, John Jay girls soccer still building

John Jay's Hayley Viebrock, right, charges for the ball while Cornwall's Ava Brynne Growney, left, defends during Monday's game.

John Jay’s Hayley Viebrock, right, charges for the ball while Cornwall’s Ava Brynne Growney, left, defends during Monday’s game.

John Jay's Dannen Quesnel, center, takes possession of the ball while Cornwall's Brynne Growney, left, and Olivia Davet, right, defend during Monday's game.

John Jay’s Dannen Quesnel, center, takes possession of the ball while Cornwall’s Brynne Growney, left, and Olivia Davet, right, defend during Monday’s game.

A loss isn’t simply brushed off. It does sting a bit, senior Erin Theiller said of her John Jay girls soccer team.

But something like Monday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Cornwall High School, while disappointing, isn’t viewed as a calamity. “It’s something to learn from,” Theiller said.

The Patriots, defending Section 1 Class AA champs, have built internal equity. With their run of success has come a level of confidence and a belief that they will improve.

Granted, this isn’t the same team that dominated a year ago. There are two new forwards, an outside midfielder, and new goalkeepers.

“It wasn’t a typical John Jay energetic game,” Patriots coach C.J. Greenwood said of Monday’s match.

That’s in part because this isn’t the typical John Jay team of recent years. But it doesn’t mean that it can’t closely resemble it, Greenwood insisted.

“We had lots of skilled players and we have the same kind of group now,” said Theiller, who serves as a mentor and calming influence, in addition to her duties as a center-midfielder. “The difference is last year’s team had more experience and chemistry. So what we don’t have yet is something that we expect to develop.”

Theiller scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute against Cornwall . Alexis Lainchbury had nine saves and Vicky Siedlecki had five stops for John Jay (1-1-1). Greenwood has been encouraged by the emergence of freshman forward Hayley Viebrock, as well as the play of defenders Deanna Lomino, Danielle Angyal and Cayla Ruotolo.

Cornwall's Madison Teague, left, chases after John Jay's Kiley Longin, right, for possession of the ball during Monday's game.

Cornwall’s Madison Teague, left, chases after John Jay’s Kiley Longin, right, for possession of the ball during Monday’s game.

John Jay hosts rival North Rockland at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s section final.

“We’ve been looking forward to it and we want to prove last year wasn’t a fluke,” Theiller said. “But more importantly, it’s a chance for us to get better and keep building.”

Stephen Haynes: shaynes@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4826, Twitter: @StephenHaynes4 

0 comments