Why Boys Varsity Soccer’s First Round Exit Shouldn’t Tell the Whole Story of the Quakers 2018 Season
By Matty Wasserman
As the Greeley Boys Varsity Soccer players laid flat on the turf Friday night, just minutes after their stunning loss to the #16 seed Sleepy Hollow, only one word could describe how the Quakers felt: Heartbreak.
Greeley came into the match with an undefeated record. #1 in the section. #4 in the state. This was a rare kind of team, one that had a chance to go places that few Greeley teams ever could. A team that had the kind of talent and chemistry that could take them all the way to Middletown for the State Final Four.
But then, on a crisp fall night in October, all of their wildest dreams came crashing down upon them at once, in a devastating 1-0 defeat. Sure, this loss is going to sting for a long time. There is always going to be the what could have been.
However, this one loss to Sleepy Hollow shouldn’t tell the whole story of an incredible 2018 season for the Quakers. This was a team that went 14-0-1 in the regular season. They went to Somers, and won in a hostile environment against a top team in the section. They secured their undefeated season in dramatic fashion, with an overtime victory against Rye Neck. They transformed throughout the season from a team who hoped to compete with the rest of the section, to a team that the rest of the section hoped to compete with.
After losing multiple seniors from a year ago, many thought the Quakers might regress, or at least remain constant, from their 2017 regular season record of 9-4-3. Instead, Greeley improved to 14-0-1 in 2018, and proved all of their doubters wrong throughout the season as they kept winning and winning.
All that needs to be said to prove Greeley’s rise to dominance in Section 1 throughout the season is the weekly rankings Lohud’s Mike Dougherty writes about Class A Boys Soccer:
October 1– #8 Greeley: The Quakers have filled multiple holes in the lineup and the newcomers seem to gain confidence with every win.
October 10– #1 Greeley: The last of the unbeatens have been tested multiple times in a deep league and keep on winning.
October 15– #1 Greeley: Did anyone have the Quakers going undefeated and locking up the top seed in Class A when the season got underway?
The 2018 Quakers team put Greeley Soccer back on the map. On Friday night, hundreds of fans came out in support of Greeley, and the 2018 Boys Varsity team proved that soccer can matter at Greeley. They showed that with the right combination of hard work, skill, and determination, Greeley can become the team to beat in Section 1.
Friday’s loss to Sleepy Hollow is a loss that is tough to swallow. But it shouldn’t define Greeley Boys Soccer as a whole. Even though the Quakers failed to achieve their end goal for the 2018 season, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that 2018 was still a special year for the Greeley Boys Varsity Soccer Team.
Field Hockey Returns to Class A Sectional Finals!
The Varsity Field hockey team has reached the Class A Sectional final. It will face #1 seed Mamaroneck, who defeated Greeley earlier in the season. If this seems like a déjà vu moment, it is. Last year’s final pitted #2 Greeley vs. #1 Mamaroneck. However, that is where the comparisons to last year’s team ends. Few people expected this year’s team to match last year’s success. That is understandable, as last year’s team featured three all-state players among its 13 seniors. Only two starters returned, and both would play different positions this year. The other six returning varsity players stepped into starting roles along with three players from last year’s JV squad.
Despite the low expectations and new lineup, varsity field hockey finished the regular season with a 12-3-1 record, with two of its losses coming against Clarkstown North and Mamaroneck in early September. Heading into the Sectional playoffs, Greeley earned the #3 seed after finishing strong with wins over Scarsdale, John Jay-Cross River, and Fox Lane (1-0-1 record against the latter). The high seed meant a first round bye and some valuable practice time.
On Monday, Greeley hosted #6 seed Fox Lane. This was another déjà vu moment, as Greeley faced Fox Lane in last year’s playoffs, having also gone 1-0-1 against them last year. While last year’s game was a double overtime, double shootout thriller victory, Greeley took care of business quickly on Monday. Less than two minutes in, Greeley earned a penalty corner followed by a penalty stroke (field hockey’s equivalent to soccer’s penalty kick). Lily Schoonmaker made quick work of the opportunity, and put Greeley ahead 1-0. From there, Greeley dominated play. In the end, Schoonmaker had another hat trick (3 goals) and an assist, Caroline Flannery notched 1 goal and 1 assist, and Izzy Klein scored 1 goal. Natalie Laskowski picked up a well-earned assist as a result of her consistently strong work inputting penalty corners. Fox Lane’s few counterattacks were thwarted by Greeley’s strong defense led by Sophia Rutman, anchored by Flannery and flanked by Emma Silverman and Stephanie Kasulka. Goalie Siena Jarrin displayed great judgment and timing in her four-save shutout.
The Semifinal game presented Greeley with an opportunity to avenge its 2-0 loss to Clarkstown North earlier in the season. As the seedings held up, #3 Greeley headed across the river to #2 Clarkstown North, which entered the game with a 14-0-2 record. Greeley set the tone and struck quickly, with Flannery scoring just 2:30 into the game off a penalty corner. Laskowski earned the first of her two assists with another fine input. Six minutes later, Flannery assisted on Schoonmaker’s penalty corner goal to take a 2-0 lead. Clarkstown North fought back to score on a penalty corner of its own. The game moved from end to end and entertained both teams’ fans. But tough play by Greeley’s players, including gritty midfield play by Laskowski, Grace Arrese, and Emma Terjesen and a fantastic quick rush off the goal line by Jarrin to thwart a breakaway, kept North to just the one goal. Rutman added another penalty corner goal (Laskowski assist), and the first half ended 3-1. Both teams exhibited a high level of play in the second half. The highlight was Greeley’s fourth penalty corner goal by Laskowski, described by LoHud reporter Nancy Haggerty as a “sweet goal that saw her bat an airborne ball in”. Assists went to Flannery and Olivia Barlow, who worked hard all game along the left side of the field. Final score was 4-1. The maturation and development of the Greeley team since its first game against Clarkstown North is evident. LoHud Player of the Day Flannery summed things up well when asked how the current Greeley team would fare against that September Greeley team, confidently stating that the current team would win 10-0.
Greeley’s record stands at 14-3-1. Greeley avenged one loss yesterday and advanced to the Sectional final. There it has the opportunity to avenge one of its other two losses this season when it faces powerhouse and perennial foe Mamaroneck this weekend.
Boys Varsity Soccer Stunned by Sleepy Hollow in Sectionals First Round
Friday, October 19-- The Horace Greeley High School Boys Varsity Soccer team put their undefeated record and #1 seed on the line on Friday night, facing the #16 seeded Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman in the first round of the Sectionals. It was a freezing night, but the Greeley faithful showed up and packed the bleachers of the brand new soccer field, hoping to see the Quakers win a first round match they were heavily favored in.
After pregame introductions, the game got off to a poor start for Greeley, after Sleepy Hollow striker, Carlos Suque, scored a goal in the 3’ minute of the game. The ball went into the top of the net, just out of the reach of Greeley’s senior goalie, Matt Quine. After the rough start, in the 8’ minute Quine made a nice diving save that kept the Quakers from falling unto an early 2-0 hole. The next twenty five minutes were uneventful, with neither team able to get much going offensively.
However, in the 33rd minute, the referee made a highly controversial call after a Sleepy Hollow player appeared to touch the ball in the penalty box, which would’ve resulted in a Greeley penalty kick. The referee ruled that the ball was touched out of the box, giving the Quakers a free kick instead. The crowd let the ref have it and was showered with countless boos, and it served as a pivotal moment in the match.
The Quakers came up empty on that possession, and went into halftime down 1-0. Just a few minutes into the second half, Greeley’s junior midfielder, Eli Peretz, got a red card and was ejected from the game just seconds after receiving a yellow card, likely due to the heated words he exchanged with the referee.
Greeley had a few chances in the second half of the game, and the pressure and intensity ramped up as the clock wound down. Greeley’s closest chance to scoring was Jake Cronin hitting the post on a free kick from near midfield, which would have been an incredible goal had it been a few inches to the right. The Quakers weren’t able to score in the last moments, leading to a shocking 1-0 defeat.
Although the Quakers were without leading scorer, Aidan Curtis, this was still a game they were heavily favored in. Greeley showed tremendous heart and effort throughout the contest, but came up just short in the end. Although it was a disappointing result, it was still a very successful season for Greeley, who finishes the 2018 season with a 14-1-1 record, with Friday being their first and only loss.
Morning Basketball: Inside the Quakers Off-Season Workouts
The alarm rings. You lie there for a minute and think “Why is it still dark?” That’s because it’s 5:00 AM. You roll out of bed, and you put the first pairs of shorts and a shirt you can find. You walk downstairs, eat a protein bar, grab your stuff and you’re on your way.
You walk sluggishly into the gym, still thinking about your bed and how you wish you were still in it. You grab a ball and warm up a little. You jog around, do some high knees, anything to wake you up. Coach blows the whistle. Awake or not, it’s time play. You start off with a full court layup drill. The group splits into two. Each group goes to the opposite end of the court, and two at a time (one from each group), you travel the length of the court and finish using only 5 dribbles. Each layup you miss is ten pushups. This starts as simple layups, and progresses into pull-up jump shots and floaters. After going through the entire drill on the right side you go to the left, and after you’ve gotten your blood pumping, you move onto the drills for the day.
It's 6:30 now, and while the rest of the school is just waking up for the school day that awaits them, you’re sweating and working hard on the basketball court. You may do a different shooting drill or closeout drill. The close out drill consists of you starting on the baseline, passing to a teammate at the three point line and doing a closeout on their shot. Then you take their place and they go to the back of the line and now you’re the shooter.
And finally it’s scrimmage time. At around 6:50, Coach splits everyone up into four teams and you rotate a few minutes of play and a few minutes off. You keep rotating until you’ve played every team a couple of times.
At 7:10, practice is finally over and you huddle up. Time to hit the showers and get ready for a long day of school.
Morning basketball is an extreme amount of commitment and dedication, just to improve your basketball game. However, this is the behind-the-scenes work that helped take a Greeley Varsity Basketball team from a 2016-17 record of 10-10, to a 2017-18 record of 16-5. With the work being put in this offseason, we’ll see what the 2018-19 season has in store.
Boys Varsity Soccer Clinches Undefeated Regular Season in Overtime Thriller
Monday, October 9-- The Greeley Boys Varsity Soccer team faced Rye Neck in the final game of the regular season on Monday, hoping to complete an undefeated season. Greeley looked sluggish and tired for most of the match, and Rye scored first to give them a 1-0 lead, which they held onto for the majority of the game. Rye Neck was quick footed with good speed, and at first they looked like Greeley might have finally met their match.
But as the sun went down, and the lights turned on, something snapped for the Quakers. Greeley got a sudden burst of energy. The Greeley offense put pressure on Rye Neck, working their way to two shots on goal in the final five minutes. With 1:35 on the clock, Eli Peretz scored off a rebound to tie the game up. Greeley’s defense held Rye Neck scoreless in the last minute to send the game into overtime.
When overtime came, the momentum was in Greeley’s favor. They continued to pressure on offense, and on defense. Zach Eichenberg, Harris Allen, James Allen, and Owen Parsons were lock-down, and kept the ball out of Greeley territory. Greeley finally caught a break in overtime, and in a chaos of events, after multiple Greeley shots and saves by the Rye Neck goalie, Aidan Curtis was able to score the game-winning goal. This sealed the deal for Greeley, and protected their undefeated season.
“After I missed my first shot, it was a scramble in the box.” Curtis said following the game about his game-winning goal. “[Jack] Rifkin was there, I was there, and I just saw the ball open and I slid and kicked it in. It was a great team performance, and a great atmosphere. It was crazy. I have never experienced anything like that before.”
Greeley looks to take this momentum into sectionals, and make a deep run as the number one seed in the section. Their first-round match will be Friday afternoon.
Boys Varsity Soccer Cruises Past Panas to Improve Record to 11-0-1
Tuesday, October 9-- The Greeley Quakers Boys Varsity soccer team entered Tuesday’s clash against the Walter Panas Panthers with a section-best 10-0-1 record, riding a 10 game win streak. The Quakers established their dominance in the section after a massive road win the prior week at Somers, and they were heavy favorites against the Panthers Tuesday.
The Quakers dominated the action from the get-go, with seven shots on goal in just the first 8 minutes of the game. Despite the continuous quality shots by Greeley, the Quakers only mustered one first-half goal, in the 11’ minute on a tap-in by forward Jack Rifkin, assisted by Aidan Curtis.
The ball barely crossed midfield for Panas throughout most of the first half, due to a stifling Greeley defense that has been superb all season. However, in the 26’ minute, a shocking goal came for the Panthers, on just their second shot-on-goal in the first half. Despite a first half completely dominated by the Quakers on both sides of the ball, the scoreboard reflected a 1-1 tie at the half.
The second half started much as the first half ended, with many failed chances for the Quakers. In the 46’ minute, however, Eli Peretz finally broke the Greeley scoring drought with an excellent goal to the far post, just past the outstretched arms of the Panthers goalie, who had been brilliant all game up to that point. Greeley broken the match open just three minutes later, in the 49’ minute, on a nice goal in traffic by Zach Eichenberg. Then, in the 55’ minute, Aidan Curtis headed in a goal inside the 6 yard box, off a deflection by the Panas goalie. With the game now out of reach, Panas pulled their outstanding goalie, opening the floodgates for more Greeley scoring. Bryce Gell added a late goal in the 73’ minute, to make it 5-1 Quakers. Then, Curtis secured a hat trick with his second and third goals of the game, in the 74’ and 78’ minutes. This last goal for Curtis marked his 13th of the season, placing him tied for fourth in the entire Lower Hudson Valley in goals scored this season.
Greeley ultimately won the game by a final score of 7-1, scoring an impressive six second-half goals. The Quakers play their second-to-last regular season game Saturday at home vs. Yorktown.
JV Football Defeated by Eastchester in Home Opener
Saturday, September 22-- The Greeley Quakers JV Football team came into Saturday with an 0-3 record, hopeful of turning the tides in their home opener against a favored Eastchester Eagles opponent. Greeley freshman QB Ryan Whol made his first career start Saturday, and he had over 50 yards rushing in the game. Despite Whol’s effective scrambles throughout the day, the Greeley offense struggled in the passing game against a stingy Eagles defense.
The Quaker defense did a solid job containing Eastchester’s passing game, however the running ability and breakaway speed of Eagles’ QB Christian D'Agostino was difficult for the Quakers to contain. Greeley let up 26 points in the first half, mostly on big runs from D’Agostino.
“We had a few solid moments on defense today,” linebacker Harrison Guinsberg said following the game. “But their quarterback was a lot to handle.”
Greeley will look to rebound from the 39-0 loss at the hands of Eastchester next Saturday, at home against John Jay.
Greeley Sports Boosters Gifts Support Training Staff, Athlete Health. More Planned with AD Jason Semo
- Portable Training / Taping Table
- Hydrocollator and Heating Pads
- Vacuum Splint Set – for stabilizing significant injuries to a leg, arm, wrist or neck
“The convenience of having the portable table has helped me more effectively treat injured athletes without leaving the sidelines of the basketball game. I’m looking forward to being able to evaluate student athletes on the sidelines on the fields. In the past, the training staff has to address injuries on the ground or on a metal bench. It was not an optimal way to treat our student athletes.”
Heating pads in the controlled Hydrocollator heat bath
“We now can treat athletes with heat therapy according to protocol. Before receiving the hydrocollator from the Boosters, we had no effective way of taking care of athletes needing warm therapy.”
Athletic Director Jason Semo added, "The Greeley Sports Boosters organization is a tremendous asset to our athletic department. Aside from financial assistance that supports various projects that enhance the overall pride throughout the district, the Boosters serves a great source of support between department and community through constant conversations and a full collaboration of ideas."
Varsity Soccer Deflates Scarsdale in New Turf Field Opening
September 14-- Monday night marked the official opening of Greeley’s brand-new, state of the art turf soccer field under the lights. The new field, which was built this summer, is wider, features a large bleacher area, and is all-in-all more conducive to soccer.
While the Greeley boys Varsity Soccer team had a new field to play on, the opponent was familiar. The Scarsdale Red Raiders, who lost their first meeting to Greeley in Scarsdale 1-0, were looking for revenge against the Quakers, who came into the game with a 4-0-1 record.
Greeley’s defense started slow, allowing three Scarsdale shots on goal in the first four minutes of game action. Luckily, none of the shots materialized into goals. The sloppy start behind them, the Quakers quickly starting moving the ball on offense and getting quality opportunities. 9’ into the game, Greeley chipped in a goal off a deflection in the box. Both Scarsdale and Greeley had a couple more chances in the first half, but both goalies held strong and kept the game at 1-0 at the half.
The second half was dominated by Greeley from the get-go. Greeley nearly scored in the 44’ minute, except for the last-ditch effort from the Scarsdale goalie. However, the Quakers wasted no more opportunities to blow the match wide-open. A Greeley corner kick led to an easy header in the 48’ minute. While the Quaker lead seemed safe up 2-0, they wouldn’t waste any time adding insurance. A mere :50 seconds later, Aidan Curtis put it through the net off yet another Greeley corner kick to increase the Greeley lead to 3-0. As the rain began to pick up, the Greeley defense still held strong.
“We’ve developed great chemistry as defense,” starting center back Owen Parsons said after the game. “With this being our fourth shutout in a row, we have confidence in each other and we know that we also have a great goalie [Matt Quine] to back us up.”
Varsity Football Loses Tight Battle on Homecoming Night
September 14-- It was homecoming night for the Horace Greeley Quakers Football team, trying to avenge their 0-2 start to the season with a win against the Walter Panas Panthers. Contest Field was swarming with Quaker fans, with the town of Chappaqua eager to see Greeley earn a victory under the lights.
Greeley got off to a slow start on the defensive end, with Walter Panas speed back David Louis breaking off a monster touchdown run only 3:20 into game action. The Quaker defense, however, bounced back nicely after allowing the early touchdown, and Greeley defensive back Max Brickman came up with a big interception late in the first quarter to get the tides rolling for the Quakers. Despite the momentum created on the defensive end, Greeley’s offensive woes from the previous game against Brewster continued throughout the majority of the first half. After a second Panthers touchdown with 5:00 to go in the second quarter put Walter Panas up fourteen, the crowd started to turn a little tense.
Greeley’s offense, however, would have something to say about that.
The Quakers quickly marched down the field, with two first downs on the ground. Now in enemy territory, Greeley Quarterback Seth Brail fired a 28 yard dagger down the sideline to tailback Jacob Rose. The completion put the Quakers in the red zone, and brought the Greeley crowd to life. Two plays later, Quakers’ star wideout Danny Meringolo caught a 17 yard touchdown on a beautiful back-shoulder ball from Brail, to make it a one-possession game. However, the excitement wouldn’t last for long, due to a last-second 62 yard touchdown from Walter Panas’ monstruos fullback, Sean Laukitis, to make the game 21-7 at the half.
Unfortunately, Greeley would not be able to recover from the Walter Panas touchdown run to end the first half. Meringolo added a second touchdown to his statline in the third quarter, this time on a 10 yard crossing pattern. While this touchdown did inject some life back into the Quakers, it was soon diminished by yet another huge touchdown run by the speedy Panthers running back Louis. This score made the game 28-14 Walter Panas and put it out of reach for Greeley.
Despite the 14 point loss, there were still some positive signs from the Greeley offense on Friday night, with Brail showing nice touch on some long passes, and playcalling that freed up the receivers on a number of occasions. The Quakers now have a three game road trip, which will begin next Saturday afternoon vs. Eastchester.
Greeley Boys Soccer To Host 22:22 Scrimmages and Fundraiser In Remembrance of Casey Taub
The event will start at 4pm at the Horace Greeley Contest Field with a ceremony remembering Casey. Afterward, the teams will play each other in a round robin as follows:
4:30pm Start – 30 minute scrimmage
Greeley / Port Chester
Carmel / Byram Hills
5:15pm Start – 30 minute scrimmage
Greeley / Carmel
Byram Hills / Port Chester
6:00pm Start – 40 minute scrimmage
Greeley / Byram Hills
Port Chester / Carmel
Money raised through merchandise sales and donations will go to the Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors. More information on the organization can be found at http://www.ironmatt.org
Each of the Byram Hills, Carmel and Port Chester teams will be making a contribution as part of the event.
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Freshman Baseball Cruises to 2-0 Start Behind Big First Inning
Friday, April 13-- Coming off a tight opening day victory, the Greeley Quakers Boys Freshman Baseball team looked to win their second game of the season against the Scarsdale Raiders. Greeley got off to a red hot start, putting up five runs in the first inning, in large part due to a plethora of base hits, along with two consecutive RBI bloop singles.
“We wanted to swing at good pitches that were over the plate,” first basemen Ben Lichtenstein said after the game. “We knew that if we made contact the ball would go far.”
Neither side was able to get much offense going after Greeley’s massive first inning. Colin Dunn and Ryan Bingham teamed up to pitch a stellar game for the Quakers, allowing few baserunners and only giving up one run over seven innings. Greeley would only tack on one more run in the game, on a Scarsdale error in the fifth inning, but the damage had already been done. The Quakers glided to an easy 6-1 victory, and an encouraging 2-0 start to the season.
“This strong start really validates the hard work we’ve put in over the offseason,” infielder Gavin MacGreevey said following the win. “I think it shows that we’re going to be really good [this season].”
Greeley will look to build on its hot start on Wednesday, at home against rival Fox Lane.
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