Fluid ball movement helped Haldane to a 2-0 league win at Hen Hud Thursday as the Blue Devils bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Panas, also a league opponent.
“It was very big,” said Haldane coach Gary Van Asselt of the win. “We consider both Panas and Hen Hud formidable challengers this year. We stepped up and focused on the game today.”
Jessica Harrison and Kate Lahey each finished with a goal and an assist. Cali Schweikhart made eight saves in the win.
Van Asselt said quick, efficient passing was a point of emphasis after the loss to the Panthers and something the Blue Devils improved on in the win.
“The goals are fun to watch,” Van Asselt said. “When they want to put together a seven to ten pass sequence the ball never stops.”
Van Asselt has no problem with Haldane, a Class C team, regularly playing against larger schools like Panas and Hen Hud, both Class A squads.
“Playing the better competition now makes a better team moving forward,” Van Asselt said.
Best of the rest: Briarcliff’s Jenna Heitzler and Samantha Kirsch each had two goals and an assist in the Bears’ 5-3 win against Pleasantville. … Horace Greeley’s Amanda Becker scored twice and Rye’s Maddie Eck made 16 saves in a 2-2 double-overtime draw. … Justine Huber made two saves in Somers’ 1-0 loss to Lourdes. … Lakeland’s Michaela Ferguson scored twice in the Hornets’ 3-0 win at Peekskill. … Jenna DeSilva had two goals and an assist in Panas’ 4-0 win against Putnam Valley. … Tuckahoe’s Jessica Letizia had two goals and two assists in the Tigers’ 4-0 win against Yonkers Montessori. … Valhalla’s Kristin Portsmouth, Mary Kelly and Vanessa Romero each had a goal and an assist in the Vikings’ 6-0 win at Keio.
Briarcliff 5, Pleasantville 3
Horace Greeley 2, Rye 2, 2 OT
Haldane 2, Hen Hud 0
Lourdes 1, Somers 0
Lakeland 3, Peekskill 0
Panas 4, Putnam Valley 0
Tuckahoe 4, Yonkers Montessori 0
Valhalla 6, Keio 0
Croton-Harmon 4, Ossining 2
North Salem 4, Brewster 2