EASTCHESTER – Hannah Krapes had just scored the only goal in a double-overtime 1-0 win over Eastchester, but the Rye captain had bigger things to talk about — namely goalie Maddie Eck’s play.
“Our goalie is so solid,” Krapes said. “She sets the foundation. She’s excellent back there and gives us the sanity that’s needed.”
Eck, who said she likes more action because it makes her feel like she’s contributing, was indeed a rock. She had 17 saves. The junior’s best might have been a diving stop on a shot from Eagle senior Claire Teahan with 2:28 left in regulation.
“Even her freshman year, she started over a senior,” Rye coach Rich Savage said. “She composes confidence in the backfield. She’s tall and has cat-like reactions.”
The game might be recorded with an asterisk. Instead of playing two 10-minute overtimes, which is the norm, the coaches agreed to two five-minute periods because the officials were worried about darkness. (Lights came on after the game for youth football.)
It was the second time, in a sense, that 8-5 Eastchester was burned by a shortened OT.
Coach Frank Fiore told Savage and the referees after regulation that Eastchester had scored in shortened overtimes against Bronxville a couple of years back but the Broncos had protested and Section 1 had upheld the protest, making it officially a tie score.
“If you score and we play two fives, I will not protest,” Savage assured him.
“I feel like it should be two 10s,” Fiore said after the game, “but it goes both ways. Rye played great and capitalized.”
Eastchester’s Anna Hughes and Rye’s Deborah Ludman fight for possession during their girls soccer game at Haindl Field in Eastchester Oct. 14, 2014.
Eagles’ goalie Clarissa Mejia had eight saves, a couple late in regulation with Garnets bearing down on her.
She slowed but couldn’t control Krapes’ low shot from her left with 3:48 left in the second overtime after Krapes got behind the Eagles’ defense.
Eastchester had controlled the action early, getting multiple shots on Eck. Krapes attributed 9-2-2 Rye’s slow start to Eastchester’s “physicality.”
“Once we overcame (that), we pushed to the next level,” she said.
Fiore was pleased with his squad’s play and expects good things from it in sectionals.
“I think we’re way better than our record shows,” he said. “We’ve had a tough schedule and a couple of one-goal losses. When we’re all clicking well, we’ll be a team to watch out for. I wouldn’t want to play us in sectionals in the first two rounds.”
Best of the rest: Sophie Wolf had a hat trick and Sabrina Salov had two assists as host New Rochelle topped Ossining 3-2. … Julianna Cabrera scored twice in North Rockland’s 4-0 win over visiting Suffern. … Hannah Jenney and Lucy Mondello scored off Luci Kelemen assists as host Hastings beat Rye Neck 2-1. … Valhalla clinched at least a share of the Conference 3, League A championship, defeating host Croton-Harmon 6-2 behind Vanessa Romero’s five goals. Valhalla is 12-2 and 7-1 in league play. … Lexi Grasso had a hat trick as Briarcliff blanked host Blind Brook 6-0.