After ending regulation and two overtime periods tied at one goal apiece, the Rhinebeck High School girls soccer team fell short to James I. O’Neill on Monday, 4-3, in penalty kicks, to lose a Section 9 Class B semifinal on the road.
“The girls are upset,” Rhinebeck coach Matt Grande said. “It’s hard to say to a team how well they played after a loss. … It was probably our best game of the year.”
After O’Neill notched the opening goal midway through the first half, Natalie Hutchins scored five minutes into the second half for No. 3 Rhinebeck (10-7).
“It was really even the whole time,” Grande said. “We just had a hard time scoring. They had a hard time scoring.”
Grande said sweeper Natalie Blakey made a lunging save with two minutes left in regulation that saved a goal, but she suffered a deep knee bruise and missed the rest of the game.
“She’s a tough kid,” Grande said. “Her going down and being down for a while … emotionally for my girls to come back from that and still play both overtimes like they did was amazing.”
Mount Saint Mary’s Shanice Robe was tabbed as the Skyline Conference’s Player of the Week for a second consecutive week and the third time in four weeks.
In a week in which the Blue Knights scored three goals in two wins, Robe scored all three, helping her team clinch the league’s regular-season title.
Women’s cross country
Mount Saint Mary’s Brigitte Leyva earned the Skyline Conference’s Rookie of the Year award, after placing 14th in a field of 98 runners at the league’s championship meet on Sunday. She also was named to second-team all-conference.