Below is my write-up and some extra notes about Holy Child cracking the .500 mark with its win Thursday over Fieldston and my recaps of other games. –Nancy
Prior to last season, Holy Child had never made the New York State Association of Independent Schools playoffs — never had won more than four games in a season, in fact.
Losing 11 playes to graduation, Holy Child isn’t the 2013 team.
But Thursday it jumped over the .500 mark, beating host Fieldston 2-1 behind junior goalie Maggie Ahern’s 13 saves.
“She’s a leader on the field,” Morki said of Ahern, a Westchester native who’d lived in England the past three years. “Any team with a good goalie behind them always feels more comfortable on the field.”
That comfort has contributed to Holy Child’s 7-6-2 record.
Thursday’s heroes also included four-year varsity player Sam Corbi, a senior captain, who opened the scoring with a 35-yard, first-half blast.
After Fieldston tied the score in the second half, junior Margaret Brady took Corbi’s corner kick and half-volleyed it into the net for the game winner.
While she didn’t get on the scoreboard, junior Kathleen Daly’s return gave the Gryphons a big boost, according to Morki.
Daly, who led Holy Child in scoring last year and is doing so again this season with nine goals, broke her wrist last week against Rye Country Day. Daly, who wore a padded cast and had three shots, missed just one game.
Holy Child has three regular-season games left, including Saturday morning’s homecoming matchup against the United Nations International School, and Morki appears optimistic.
“They’re exceeding expectations over and over,” he said.
Notes: Saturday’s game is at 10:30 a.m. Holy Child’s final two regular-season games are also home. It will play St. Luke’s Monday and Masters Wednesday. … The Gryphons beat Riverdale 2-1 last year to win the state championship. Morki characterized winning the state crown as a “huge feat.” … Daly, a junior captain, was on the shelf for only six days.
Haldane 4, Panas 2
Bailey McCollum scored twice in the second half to lead Haldane to a 4-2 win over Panas.
Sara Jacoby and Allie Monteleone had first-half goals for the Blue Devils.
Marina Martin and Missy Lisakatos both had an assist.
Alyson Kelly and Samantha Sudol scored for the Panthers.
Kailey D’Alesandro had 12 saves for Panas.
Lakeland 4, Beacon 1
Kailee DeVico and Carolyn Estrella each had two goals in Lakeland’s 4-1 win over visiting Beacon.
Estrella and Katherine Maurno each had an assist.
Valhalla 3, Dobbs Ferry 0
Vanessa Romero had a goal and an assist and Emily Strupinsky and Julianna Vasillo also scored in host Valhalla’s 3-0 win over Dobbs Ferry.
Melissa Giglio had an assist and Francesca Guzzo stopped one shot for the Vikings.