The New Hyde Park GU12 Lady Thundercats earned a hard fought 1-0 victory against Woodhaven United at Great Neck South High School. The match remained scoreless until late in the second half when Darla Petricca broke through and scored what proved to be the game winning goal with approximately five minutes left to play. Emma Fager was fantastic in goal stopping all shots, and the back line of Zandria Crosland, Lexi Burke, Sarah Carlson, and Jessica Vieni limited the scoring chances all day. The midfield play of Briana Dunn, Ava Giangrande, Meghan Korzevinski, and Lauren Connolly controlled the play and worked the ball up to the forwards. Up top and on the flanks, Jordan Behar, Justina Pugliese, and Darla Petricca kept the pressure on throughout the game. The Lady Thundercats now sit in the top four of the GU12 Champions Division with three matches remaining.
The NHP Lady Jaguars U-14 team rolled into Westfield, New Jersey on Sunday afternoon and left winners in a 3-1 match, one step closer to an undefeated season. Despite a less than ideal field and the quickly setting sun, the Lady Jags stepped up to show why they remain at the top of the pack in their conference. Sunday was all about the incredibly hard work of the midfielders.
It became obvious from the start of the game that FC Premier Coloccini was a fast paced and physical team. That proved to be no problem for Mary Tsahas, Zoe Winston, Erin Lutz and Aisling McGrath who dominated the middle of the field. On more than one occasion, Zoe Winston found herself wrapped in the arms of the opposing team but was still able to expertly maneuver the ball to the forwards. Mary Tsahas, the leading middie on the team, showed her poise and talent in tackling, frustrating the opposition with her foot skills and smart play. Erin Lutz and Aisling McGrath did their part in keeping fresh legs on the field and controlling the pace of the game.
Scoring occurred in the first half when Caitlin Chestler passed to Carly Bloom for the 1st goal of the game. The second goal saw Mary Tsahas send the ball to Bella Arato who passed to Carly Bloom for the second goal with the third goal scored by Bella Arato after a pass from Carly Bloom.
The defense of Andrea Bouzos, Vrisida Bouzos, Samantha Corrigan, Jillian Fager, Nora Higgins and Catherine Rivera helped goalie Linda Artusa keep the Westfield team to one goal. The other offensive players, Samantha Coope, Marilena Mangiaracina, and Nicole Orlando supported the scoring drives for the Lady Jags.
The NHP Lady Jags won both their games this past weekend off the feet of Arato, Bloom and Coope. The Saturday game against FC Westchester ended in a 2-0 win for the Lady Jags with Carly Bloom assisting Samantha Coope on the first goal and Bella Arato scoring the second goal off of Jillian Fager’s corner kick. This win advanced the Lady Jags to the next round of the NY Cup.
The Sunday game against the NJ Elite Fusion ended in a 3-1 win for the Lady Jags with Andrea Bouzos assisting Mary Tsahas for the first goal; Marilena Mangiaracina crossing to Carly Bloom who passed to Bella Arato for the second goal and Carly Bloom crossing to Samantha Coope who passed to Bella Arato for the third goal of the game. The Lady Jags remain undefeated in EDP League play.
All scoring was made possible by a great team effort of offense and defense from Linda Artusa, Vrisida Bouzos, Caitlin Chestler, Samantha Corrigan, Nora Higgins, Erin Lutz, Aisling McGrath, Nicole Orlando, Catherine Rivera and Zoe Winston.