Wednesday was a very light day in local girls soccer with only one public school game scheduled. As soon as we get the stats from a few private school games, I’ll add them to the end of the following story, which I wrote about Scarsdale’s 1-0 win over visiting Clarkstown South. –Nancy
SCARSDALE By game’s end, one team’s record was 1-3, the other’s 3-1.
While the numbers might indicate a wide gap, Wednesday’s game between Clarkstown South and Scarsdale came down to a single first-half defensive miscue.
The assist officially went to Kate Donovan, whose crossing pass eventually found Closson. But that was only after a Viking defender misdirected it to Closson, who beat starting goalie Sarah Treanor (three saves), going high from Trainor’s left to her right.
“One girl tried to clear it and it went right to my feet,” Closson explained.
That might have been the only defensive lapse for Clarkstown South, which got terrific “D” from senior Raven Blake.
Kayla Tracey, who took over the Clarkstown South net in the second half, also had a superb game, although not credited with any saves.
Rather, Tracey beat sprinting Scarsdale forwards to lead passes several times.
“That was huge. That’s the first time she’s really shown that much,” Vikings coach Tom Rolston said, adding Tracey’s aggressive play stopped at least two goals.
The Vikings had a few good spurts of offense. Before the first half ended, they drove deep into Scarsdale territory but Raider sophomore Hayley Rozencwaig took the ball away. A good hustling play by Viking senior Victoria Cruz subsequently set up Fiona Cummings for an excellent chance but her shot sailed wide left.
In turn, Scarsdale’s Taylor Mancini had a good look but her turn-around chance flew over the crossbar.
Tracey – along with quick-footed Blake – frustrated Scarsdale in the second half.
Soon after Blake headed a crossing attempt away from her net, Scarsdale broke in on a pretty passing play with Donovan hitting Kara Elcik. Elcik then sent a lead pass ahead for Gillian Lubin but Tracey stormed out of her net and just beat Lubin to the ball, kicking it away. Moments later, Blake came up with another stop down low.
That story was repeated throughout the half.
The closest Clarkstown South came to scoring was off a late corner but Raider goalie Carley Glickenhaus (four saves) grabbed the ball after it bounced loose from a scrum in front of her.
“It’s taking us a little time to get going. I hope we start clicking more. We’re not getting the chances on goal we need to,” said Rolston, who added, though, that he liked his team’s second-half effort.
“I think it was that Clarkstown South was just amped up with energy. They knew they had to come out strong,” Closson said of the tight game.
Scarsdale coach Mindy Genovese said her squad was out of sync.
But Genovese liked its “solid and organized” defense and Closson’s play, remarking of the senior captain, “She is a consistent stand-out for us.”
Notes: Genovese said her squad is now 3-1 because it has been able to capitalize enough on its chances. “There are times we’re in sync and those are times we play well and are then able to connect,” she said. … Genovese likes the leadership she has seen from Closson and fellow senior captains Taylor Mancini and Kristina Camaj. … One reason for the Vikings’ tough start, Rolston noted, is simply their early strength of schedule. Before Scarsdale, South played Arlington, Mamaroneck and North Rockland. Its last three games have been on the road.