Special report: Yonkers soccer player’s hearing postponed

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A hearing that was scheduled for Thursday morning to determine the fate of a Yonkers boys soccer player who allegedly shoved a referee was postponed until next week. The reason for the postponement was so that Section 1 officials could make sure that a lawyer is present for the hearing, according to a source close to the situation.

In a 3-2 loss to Scarsdale B on September 17 at Fleming Field, a penalty kick was called against Yonkers in the opening minute of overtime that resulted in the game-winning goal. Some players from Yonkers reacted harshly, drawing three red cards from referee Pat Godfrey.

Senior midfielder Chris Cruz drew a red card for cursing at Godfrey, and is being accused by the official of pushing him in the chest after receiving the card. The Yonkers athletic department is disputing the allegations.

I spoke to Yonkers coach Janet Ryan and president of the Westchester/Putnam approved soccer officials association Rich Leaf, who are both hoping to have this resolved ASAP. Ryan acknowledged that her players deserved red cards for their use of language, but denied that Cruz made any physical contact with Godfrey. CLICK HERE TO READ MY STORY IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Attempts to reach Section 1 officials for comment were unsuccessful.

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VINCENT Z. MERCOGLIANO has been with The Journal News and LoHud.com since March 2010. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2005 and from Hofstra University in 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He currently covers boys soccer, wrestling and baseball, while assisting with LoHud's Yankees coverage.

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