Both Suffern and Clarkstown South brought playoff intensity to the field on Tuesday.
But after 90 minutes, it was the Mounties who rode into the Section 1 Class AA semifinals.
In the early going, Clarkstown South controlled the ball for the first 20 minutes of the game, but were unable to find the net.
Twenty-five minutes into the game, the Mounties mounted a counter attack. Allie Goldstein found herself with a clean look on goal from inside the box, which she buried into the right corner of the net.
“There was a lot of wind in the first half which was a big factor. But after we scored that goal we gained a lot of confidence,” Suffern Coach Phil Madonia said. “We were just able to settle and start playing a lot better.”
A big reason for Suffern’s success was goalie Cassidy Rykowski. She recorded 13 saves, and single-handedly stopped three breaks on goal.
“Cassidy’s unbelievable. She plays with a lot of heart,” Madonia said. “She’s been a different keeper in the second half of the season. She really worked on some things and fixed them. She was a really big difference maker for us.”
“My goal as a keeper is to never let the other team score. I’m just happy I was able to do that today,” Rykowski said. “This was an amazing win for us. We’ve never made it this far. I’m really happy that this group of girls was able to do this.”
Player of the game: Cassidy Rykowski was able to save everything that Clarkstown South sent her way. She totaled 13 saves in the shutout for the Mounties.
Turning point: Nineteen minutes into the game, Clarkstown’s Abby Montera lined up for a free kick on the edge of the box which bounced off the top left cross bar and went out of play. If that had gone in, it might have been an entirely different game.
State line: Suffern’s Allie Goldstein and Kailey Brenner each recorded a goal. Cassidy Rykowski recorded 13 saves for Suffern, while Clarkstown South’s Elianna Murphy stopped 10 of 12 shots.
Quotable: “In the playoffs we gear up a specific game plan for the other team,” Madonia said. “We go over set pieces a lot more, and work on strategy.”