Sunday’s results: Rye Neck rides hot streak to Irvington tourney title

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Rye Neck was able to extend its winning streak to four games after winning the Irvington Tournament on penalty kicks Sunday against the hosting Bulldogs.

“We strung together three wins in a row before today’s game,” Rye Neck co-coach Brian Iacovelli said. “Yesterday’s win against Fox Lane was great for us and we just wanted to keep it going today.”

During the four-game stretch, Rye Neck’s defense denied each team from scoring, including limiting Irvington’s standout forward Ben Ovetsky from getting involved in the championship.

Each team had its fair share of scoring opportunities in regulation and overtime, but neither capitalized to send the game into a penalty kick shootout.

Tournament MVP Angelo Spedafino came up big for the Panthers with six saves and had two saves during the shootout. Teammate Gsuyoshi Yoshino made the game-winning penalty kick.

“I talked to them about getting hot at the right time for the postseason,” Iacovelli said. “Getting this win was good and I’m confident we can keep this going into sectionals.”

Ryan Havdala had nine saves for the Bulldogs.

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