Saturday promises to be non-stop girls soccer action with 24 playoff games on tap.
I will be at the Clarkstown South-Mahopac match-up before playing catch-up with the rest of the day’s action.
Friday’s outbracket games provided a lot of excitement.
Lakeland fell a goal shy, unable to net the tying goal despite a huge late push.
But Nyack and White Plains both advanced — the Tigers in dramatic fashion.
Doing so, means the two will face two of the most formidable teams in the state in Byram Hills (for Nyack) and North Rockland (for White Plains).
Look for all game times and locations in my upcoming post. Note that some times have changed from the updated times I last posted.
Below are my recaps of Friday’s games. –Nancy
White Plains 2, Clarkstown North 1 (2OT)
Sophomore Danielle Okun had 20 saves and senior Jordan Sobo scored twice, the second being in the second overtime, to lead No. 16 White Plains to a 2-1 win over visiting No. 17 Clarkstown North in a Class AA outbracket game.
Sobo gathered in a through-ball from fellow captain and senior Shannon Lynch and scored the game-winner in the second half of the second 10-minute overtime on a semi-breakaway, shooting low.
Sobo’s earlier goal had been on a roughly 50-yard free kick. It had given the Tigers a 1-0 second-half lead.
Sobo allowed the tying goal but otherwise displayed the fearless and acrobatic traits that helped her gain all-section honors.
“She did make some spectacular saves,” coach Brian Sullivan said, adding, “She’s always a difference-maker. … She’s pretty special.”
Okun will no doubt be tested, then tested again and again Saturday, when White Plains plays at No. 1 North Rockland, which has just one loss on the season.
White Plains didn’t play North Rockland this season but was one of the Red Raiders’ victims as they marched all the way to last year’s state finals.
Sullivan was impressed not just by North Rockland’s play but also its sportsmanship.
“It’s a classy team with a classy coach (Vinny Apicella),” he said. “They could have given us a blood bath last year. I know I’ll see a good game (Saturday), a classy game.”
Whether White Plains can pull off the upset of the season remains to be seen but Sullivan doesn’t plan to carry a white flag with him over the Tappan Zee.
“We have no intention of going there to lose,” he said.
Game time is 2 p.m.
Nyack 3, Beacon 0
Lauren Murphy stopped 10 shots and Shannon Salemo, Zoe Griffin and Dominique Rock scored as No. 17 Nyack beat host No. 16 Beacon 3-0 in a Class A outbracket game.
The senior Salemo and freshman Griffin both also had an assist.
Beacon’s Samantha Springer had 13 saves.
Lauren Murphy turned away 10 Bulldog shots for Nyack.
The Indians, now 5-12, play at No. 1 Byram Hills Saturday at 3 p.m.
As with White Plains’s task, the Indians’ task is great. Byram Hills has lost only one game this season and handed North Rockland its only loss.
Nyack coach Emily Dempsey didn’t reveal her game plan vs. the Bobcats, remarking only, “I think we’ve just got to go out and play our game as we know how. We’re going to focus on our team and play the way we need to play.”
Lourdes 3, Lakeland 2
In the day’s other Class A outbracket game at Lakeland, the No. 15 Hornets fell 3-2 to No. 18 Lourdes.
Lakeland freshman Stephanie Shaloub had 14 saves, Katherine Maurno and Brianna Vittoria scored and Catherine Estrella had an assist.
The freshman Maurno’s goal came on a breakaway and tied the score at one halfway through the first half after Lourdes’ Sarah Von Egypt had gotten her team on the board.
Danielle Keenan gave the Warriors the lead again, scoring on a free kick right before the half after the Hornets were whistled for a hand-ball in the box. Keenan’s shot was well struck, Lakeland coach Jon Hourahan noted, explaining it landed in the opposite corner in the upper 90.
Vittoria, a senior captain, tied the score after breaking an offside trap, Hourahan said.
But Katie Koziol scored Lourdes’ third goal with 12 minutes remaining.
That goal held up as Warrior goalie Kayla Moschetti stood tall.
Moschetti, who had 12 saves, withstood a late frenzy in which the Hornets got three shots off in the last 10 seconds. Moschetti trapped one shot against the post.
Lakeland finishes the season 7-10 but Hourahan has reason for optimism. Friday he had at least three freshman on the field at all times.
While the Hornets are done for the season, Lourdes has the unenviable task of heading back down to Westchester Saturday, this time to face Somers.
The No. 2 seed Tuskers are the only undefeated girls soccer team in the section.
That game is scheduled for 11 a.m.