If you are familiar with some of the work I’ve done in the past here at The Journal News, you’ll know that I’m all about making predictions. Over the last two sports seasons I’ve faired pretty well, posting respectable records in boys basketball and girls lacrosse.
Soccer, though, is a completely different animal. With the possibility of a game being decided by one penalty kick or one breakaway goal, the margin for error is that much smaller. The chance of upsets seem that much higher with games often decided by a single goal.
Still, I’m never one to back away from a challenge.
Thus begins my third installment of “Games of the week”. Every week throughout the season I’ll pick five games that jump out at me for one reason or another. For each game I’ll make a pick, including score, with a brief description on why.
Like my predictions? Hate my predictions? Want me to pick a certain game next week? Leave a comment or drop me a line on twitter @Lohud_DeFran. Make sure you use the hashtag #GOTW so I see it.
Enough chit chat. Lets get to it.
Overall record: 0-0-0
Ardsley at Byram Hills, 4:30 p.m.
Pick: Byram Hills, 3-1. First game for new Bobcats coach Mike Martino is against a familiar opponent in the Panthers. Byram shouldn’t have any trouble scoring this season with the return of all-section players Nicole Hoffman and Carly Barnett up top. Look for junior midfielder Fallon Sheridan, an all-seciton pick last season, to continue to develop this season for Ardsley.
Nyack at Haldane, 4:30 p.m.
Pick: Haldane, 2-1. Don’t let the Class C label fool you. With 11 seniors returning, Haldane will have more veterans on its team than most large schools. One of the Blue Devils’ last regular-season losses came at the hands of the Indians. I don’t think the girls have forgotten.
Scarsdale at Clarkstown South, 9 a.m.
Pick: Clarkstown South, 1-0. Oh boy are they doing it big in Section 1 early this season. Two Class AA semifinalists meet up in what should be a great game. Both teams return a slew of talent (Scarsdale-Meera Dheer and Ali Lonner; Clarkstown South-Briana Jean-Charles and Carly Glaser). Still, the Vikings have five seniors that are entering their fourth season on varsity. These girls no strangers to playing in big games.
Mamaroneck at Tappan Zee, 9:30 a.m.
Pick: Tappan Zee, 2-1. The Dutchies return three all-section picks from last season—Marissa Bentley, Jamie Nevins and Jules Harris (honorable mention)—and should be a threat in Class A. Tappan Zee gets the win over the Tigers.
Horace Greeley at North Rockland, 11 a.m.
Pick: North Rockland, 2-0. Another matchup of two Class AA powerhouses. Two of the better midfielders in the area in the Quakers’ senior Melissa Ardizzone and Red Raiders’ junior Julianna Cabrera, both all-state picks last season, will also go head to head. North Rockland gets a big earlier season W.