It didn’t happen overnight, but a young Harrison team is starting to find its groove.
Sophomore Maya Samad scored off a pass from Kelly Brabant five minutes into the second half to give the Huskies a 1-0 win against Westlake at home in an example of how younger Harrison players are feeling more comfortable on the field.
“The ninth and tenth graders are starting to get their feet under themselves,” Harrison coach Jon-Erik Zappala said. “They’re not intimidated by the older, stronger girls.”
The Huskies have gone 5-3 after starting the season 0-5. Zappala credits the seniors for treating the younger players as equals and helping them transition to varsity.
“What is awesome about this team is that between the ninth and 12th graders there is no difference,” Zappala said. “Everyone is on an equal playing field.”
Underclassmen have been a key component of the Huskies’ resurgence. Freshman Erin Nelson scored two goals in Harrison’s 3-1 win at New Rochelle Friday while the DiRusso sisters, Julia and Gina, accounted for three goals in the Huskies’ 4-2 win at Rye Neck.
“It’s a beautiful thing watching it all come together,” said Zappala of Harrison’s recent success. “They are starting to pull back and let it rip.”
Best of the rest: Briarcliff’s Sophie Feuer and Lexi Grasso each scored in the Bears’ 2-1 win at home against Pearl River. … Susan Aracena andSamantha Coffey each scored in Master’s 2-0 win against Canterbury School. … Olivia Munnelly and Dominique Rock each scored in Nyack’s 2-0 win over Nanuet. … Marisa Bentley scored twice in Tappan Zee’s 2-1 win at Albertus Magnus.
Briarcliff 2, Pearl River 1
Master’s School 2, Canterbury School 0
Harrison 1 , Westlake 0
Nyack 2, Nanuet 0
Tappan Zee 2, Albertus Magnus 1