Here is my story on Rye Country Day and Hackley’s 2-2 draw.
TARRYTOWN Two undefeated teams enter. One undefeated team leaves.
That was the plan, at least, when Rye Country Day girls soccer team traveled to Hackley Tuesday.
But a late goal by Hackley’s JoJo Miller ruined the Wildcats’ bid to end the Hornets’ undefeated streak as the teams played to a 2-2 draw.
Rye Country Day (10-0-2) seemed well on its way to handing the Hornets’ (7-0-5) their first loss of the season until Jillian Dressler was able to break up a Hornets’ clear and cross the ball to Miller for an easy tap-in with seven minutes remaining in the game.
“I just didn’t want to stop hustling,” Dressler said. “I picked up my head and saw JoJo and I knew she would finish it. I just did the best I could and she was there.”
Rye Country Day coach Alin Andrei said he believed the ball hit Dressler’s hand on the clear attempt by the defender.
“I don’t like to comment on the refs, but sometimes if they make a mistake you should say that,” Andrei said. “When your team is not playing well that’s a different story but when your team is playing well and the refs make mistakes…”
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead when Taylor Regan scored on outside shot that slipped past Hornets’ goalie Samantha Mueller (11 saves) due to a miscommunication six minutes in.
The Hornets netted an equalizer with 20 minutes remaining in the half off a counter attack that had Laurel Cassidy finish Miller’s pass on a breakaway past Francesca Ventura (eight saves).
Rye Country Day took a 2-1 lead into halftime, though, after Zoe Kost scored off a Regan pass with eight minutes left in the half.
Regan had a chance to give the Wildcats the lead on the final play of the game off a free kick just outside the box. The freshman midfielder was able to get past the wall but hit the crossbar.
“I’m happy with the game,” Regan said. “I think both teams deserved that outcome. I think we both tried really hard and a tie was a fair outcome.”
Jillian Dressler describes her assist on Hackley’s game-tying goal.
Here is Seth Harrison’s video of game footage.