MAHOPAC – North Rockland may have graduated a few key players from last season, but the Red Raiders are still humming along nicely.
Kaitlyn Gutenberger scored three goals and Aleya Corretjer had two goals and two assists, including the game-winner, and North Rockland held off a late Mahopac surge in an 8-7 win.
The Red Raiders, having graduated last year’s Journal News Rockland player of the year in Kaitlyn Rau, are still perfect to start the season at 3-0.
“It takes some getting used to,” Gutenberger said of her role as a leader on the team. “Some of the girls on this team, they have a lot of potential. I’m just trying to be there and not having everyone rely on one person.”
North Rockland rushed out to a 3-0 lead within the opening 15 minutes, and scored the half’s final two goals to take a 5-2 lead into halftime.
Gutenberger scored a minute into the second half and Corretjer followed that up a few minutes later with a goal off of a free position to give the Red Raiders a five-goal lead.
Mahopac got back-to-back goals from Kim Harker and Kelly Maxwell, but with 11:18 left, Corretjer scored her second to give North Rockland an 8-5 lead.
At this point, Harker took over.
The senior attacker showed why she is committed to Northwestern for next season, winning two straight draw controls and scoring off of ensuing free positions to pull Mahopac to within one.
However, with around three minutes left, Harker got her second yellow card after she was ruled taking a dangerous shot, and North Rockland managed to run the clock out to seal the win.
“They are young in graduation year, but they can play,” North Rockland coach Greg Borchers said of his team. “For a team that’s on the young side, we learned a lot today.”
Lizzie Fox had a goal and assist for North Rockland, Jenna Fox guarded Harker and limited her to two goals when she was on the field, and goalie Gianna Guerra made 10 saves. For Mahopac, Harker had four goals and Maxwell finished with two goals.
“I think this game was very important for us to learn from and show us that we have a fight in us,” Harker said. “We just have to come out next game and play even harder.”
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