Pearl River has been in a little scoring slump. For how long?
“All season,” coach Tim Peabody said.
This is a young girls soccer team, one with just four seniors. But the Pirates don’t give up a lot of goals, just six in 15 games.
They scored enough on Friday, getting two second-half goals in beating visiting Clarkstown North 2-0.
“In truth, we didn’t play very well at all until the second half,” Peabody said after his team improved to 10-3-2. “Then we played better. …
“We haven’t been able to put the ball in the goal. We lost some confidence because of that. Once we scored, we relaxed and played better.”
Kirsten McGarvey scored that first goal on a hard left-footed shot from about 15 yards out 8:58 after the break. Jules Madigan picked up the assist.
Caitlin Tyer took out insurance, scoring from in close at 21:12 off an assist from Kersten Coffey.
Lauren Gallagher had to make only three saves for the shutout.
“Defensively we play well,” Peabody said. “We have a great goalkeeper.”
Pearl River was missing four starters, all out with injuries.
“We’re a little short, but the kids are doing great for the most part,” Peabody said.
There’s one game left in the regular season, a home game Monday against Saunders. Peabody believes his injured players will be back for the sectionals. The Pirates won Class A two years ago, then bowed out in the first round last year.
“I’m definitely hopeful,” said Peabody, who will bring back 21 players next season. “The sport is an odd sport.”
Take the previous game, a scoreless tie with Harrison.
“We hit the crossbar three times, hit the post once, and they cleared the ball off the line,” Peabody said. ” … We’re really close.”
Best of the rest: Gabby Rama and Abby Squirrell scored two goals apiece, and Grace Scorcia had three assists as Ossining won 5-0 at Putnam Valley and improved to 12-2-1. It marked the Pride’s ninth shutout of the season. … Isabella Gierlinger, Heather Manley and Sophie Wolf scored for New Rochelle in a 3-2 win over visiting Blind Brook. Courtney Shaw had two goals for the Trojans. … Alexis Talavera had two goals and three assists, and Lina Montes had two goals and one assist to lead Yonkers past visiting Mount Vernon, 10-0. … Lauren Vallarelli scored her 19th and 20th goals of the season and had an assist as Rye Neck won its first homecoming game in three years, 4-0 over Dobbs Ferry. Kayla Pugliese added one goal and one assist. … Michele Follini made seven saves for her seventh shutout of the season as Suffern won 1-0 at Albertus Magnus. Tatiana Cruz scored off an assist from Nicoletta Korongy. … JoLynn Magnani scored both goals in Mahopac’s 2-1 win at Pleasantville. Alynne Jeanty made 12 saves for the Panthers. … Brianna Williams had six saves as Eastchester held off host Hen Hud 2-1. Kat Ruh made 17 saves for Hen Hud. … Joanna Miller scored two goals in Hackley’s 4-0 win over visiting Dalton. … Samantha Torrellas scored in Ardsley’s 1-0 win over visiting Hastings.