It seemed a moment especially suited for Haley Thoma: an upperclassman, standing with the ball at her foot, with the chance to win the game on Senior Day.
Seemingly perfectly set up to be Thursday’s hero, Thoma came through.
Off a penalty corner with 2 minutes left in regulation, Thoma knocked home the game-winning goal in the John Jay High School girls soccer team’s 1-0 win over visiting Our Lady of Lourdes in Wiccopee.
“She just walked up and took the ball,” said coach C.J. Greenwood, whose Patriots improved to 10-5. “I thought, ‘OK, we’re going to be fine. She’s one of our leaders — she’s a senior; she’s a captain — and she’s come up with big goals for us all season. This is just another.”
More than just “another” goal, though, Thoma’s tally gave the Patriots a boost heading into Monday’s 6:15 p.m. rematch at Lourdes. Three games in three days against Roy C. Ketcham, Arlington and Lourdes left the Patriots spent, but happy with the way they ended that string.
“There was a lot of emotion because we played three games in a row,” Greenwood said. “Right now, my kids are tired — emotionally and physically.”
Arlington 0, Somers 0 — Sam Campos made five saves as the visiting Admirals battled to a tie with the Tuskers.
“It was a great match for both teams and very evenly balanced,” said Arlington coach Kieran McIlvenny, whose team is 8-5-2. “It was a brilliant match to be involved with. The team played with so much heart and passion after a tough loss to John Jay on Wednesday.”
Somers is 11-1-1.
Arlington visits North Rockland on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.
Arlington B 5, Poughkeepsie 0 — Freedom Plains’ Admirals (9-3-1) used goals from five different players — four before halftime — to shut out the visiting Pioneers (2-12).
Olivia Vales scored the first goal, the only one Arlington B would need, followed by goals from Lauren Macdonald, Allison Coon (assist), Ashley Cross and Maddie Urabe.
Poughkeepsie managed neither a shot on goal nor a corner kick.
Arlington B hosts Peekskill on Monday at 4:15 p.m.
Marlboro 2, Red Hook 0 — Andrea Schoonmaker scored twice as the host Iron Dukes shut out the Raiders late Wednesday.
Michelle Nowak made three saves for Marlboro (8-4).
Shayne Esposito made two saves for Red Hook (9-3-2).
Webutuck 1, Dover 0 — Chloe Panzer scored to give the visiting Warriors (1-11-1) their first win of the season late Wednesday.
Allie Steen made 14 saves for Webutuck.
Saugerties 3, Franklin D. Roosevelt 0 — Darien Demelis made 10 saves, but the host Presidents fell to 1-9 late Wednesday.
Junior Chris O’Neil scored in the 37th minute of the second half off an assist from senior Kyle Murray to give visiting Dover of Section 9 their fourth straight win, a 1-0 triumph over its Harlem Valley rival from Section 1, Pawling.
Dylan Grispin stopped all six shots he faced, to preserve the shutout for Dover, while Pawling goalkeeper John Farrell stopped five shots.
Dover (5-6-2 overall) will host John A. Coleman Catholic in Wednesday’s regular-season finale.
Beacon 2, Our Lady of Lourdes 2 — Jake Rothberg scored the game-tying goal for the visiting Bulldogs in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Terrell Davis also tallied for Beacon (4-11-1).
Lourdes is 6-9-1.
North Salem 3, Haldane 1 — Peter Hoffman scored the Blue Devils’ lone goal in the loss off an assist from Johnny Rotando.
Haldane fell to 7-5-1.