Soccer roundup: Ed Otieno's OT goal lifts Highland boys, 3-2

Soccer roundup: Ed Otieno's OT goal lifts Highland boys, 3-2


Soccer roundup: Ed Otieno's OT goal lifts Highland boys, 3-2


Ed Otieno used a pass from Al Worrad to score the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime, lifting the Highland High School boys soccer team to a 3-2 win over visiting S.S. Seward Friday.

Down 2-0 midway through the first half, the Huskies cut the deficit to 2-1 on Bo Garcia’s goal shortly before halftime.

“Once we got that first goal, I thought we kind of controlled the rest of the game,” said Highland coach Frank Alfonso, who said his team was “a step slow” early in the game. “We kind of controlled the second half.”

Joe Dolan scored the tying goal just three minutes after the break before Otieno’s goal gave Highland the win in its season opener.

Off a throw-in, the Huskies “rushed the goal,” Alfonso said, and Worrad redirected the ball across the box, finding Otierno, who knocked the ball home.

Highland travels to play at James I. O’Neill today for an 11:15 a.m. game.

Seward fell to 1-1.

Beacon 4, Putnam Valley 0 — Dimas Arroyo had a hat trick in the Bulldogs’ season-opening win at home, assisted twice by David Adams and once by Vrajesh Patel. Tobbie Akinwunmi also scored, off an Arroyo assist.

“He played really well,” Beacon coach Craig Seaman said of Arroyo. “He struck the ball extremely well. Some of his finishes were really, really quality. He was able to get in behind, and when he got in behind he was really clinical with his finishes.”

Junus Sela made three saves for the shutout.

Beacon, which Seaman said played “significantly better” than in its scrimmage on Wednesday, will host Arlington on Thursday.
Franklin D. Roosevelt 2, Pine Bush 0 — Jair Vazquez-Cruz tallied twice for the Presidents in the season-opening win.
Spencer Creighton turned away six shots to preserve the shutout.
“It was definitely a great challenge for us to start off the year,” Roosevelt coach Steven Nilsen said.
Roosevelt will host Wallkill on Tuesday at the Creek Road Fields.

Girls soccer

Erin Theiller scored a second-half goal and Brianna Durland turned away every shot she faced to lead John Jay to a 1-0 season-opening victory over Baker at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Corinne Burns assisted on Theiller’s goal. Durland, a sophomore playing in her first varsity game, made 13 saves.

“Playing on old-school AstroTurf, diving all over the place, leaving with abrasions all over her body,” John Jay coach C.J. Greenwood said of his goalie, “I’ve never seen a kid play the way she did in her first varsity match. … She provides us with a luxury most teams don’t have.”

John Jay will face Cicero-North Syracuse at Baldwinsville High School today at 1 p.m.

Rhinebeck 6, Pine Plains 1 — Freshman Michelle Giamportone scored three goals to pace the Hawks to an opening-round victory in the Andy Bennett Sports Tournament.

“She’s a special player,” Rhinebeck coach Matt Grande said.

Rhinebeck will play New Paltz in today’s 11:30 a.m. final.
New Paltz 4, Franklin D. Roosevelt 0 — Honour Butler scored what proved to be the winning goal for the Huguenots in the eighth minute as New Paltz advanced to the finals of Rhinebeck’s Andy Bennett Sports Tournament.
Spackenkill 1, Wallkill 0 Aislinn Speranza tallied the Spartans’ lone goal in the victory over the Panthers.

John F. Kennedy Catholic 3, Our Lady of Lourdes 2 — The host Warriors came from behind twice, but fell late Thursday.

Meghan Riccardi scored early in the second half for Lourdes to tie the score at 1-1 before the Gaels answered back. Rebecca Gretch scored the game-tying goal for the Warriors, but Kennedy scored again before the end of regulation.

Mary Riley made 10 saves for Lourdes.

“We’re still learning to play with one another and still adjusting to being on the field as one unit and came out a little bit flat,” Lourdes coach Kara Sefcik said. “We made a couple of adjustments and came out in the second half extremely hard.”

Lourdes visits John Jay-Cross River on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Nyack 2, Haldane 0 — Cali Schweikhart made 14 saves, but host Haldane lost its season opener late Thursday.


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