Here is my story that appeared in today’s paper on the unfortunate incident at New Rochelle High on Wednesday. This isn’t the first instance of violence on a soccer field this season, but it is the most severe. Let’s hope that it’s also the last.
Police were called to the scene and Escobedo was taken to Westchester Medical Center to have surgery on his broken jaw, according to White Plains coach Marcel Galligani.
“I saw the kid absolutely throw a haymaker and punch him in the face,” Galligani said.
“There was a foul across the field, there was some arguing and pushing and shoving, and next thing you knew, the guy just threw a right hook,” he said. “It was absolutely uncalled for.”
Both benches were cleared, but the situation was controlled quickly and no other punches were thrown, according to Galligani and New Rochelle athletic director Steve Young.
The New Rochelle player, whom police did not identify due to his age, has been charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
“There was a police report filed,” Galligani said. “I don’t know where it goes from there.”
After speaking with Young, officials decided to discontinue the game.
The game was scoreless with about a minute remaining in the first half.
The White Plains and New Rochelle athletic departments postponed both their varsity and junior varsity girls soccer games, which were scheduled to be played against each other on Thursday.
“It’s not what I expect when I send a team up to play a sport,” Young said. “There’s a rivalry here with White Plains. This isn’t the first time that there’s been an issue, and it’s certainly something that White Plains athletic director Jennifer DeSena, myself and our principals have to address.
“It’s funny, we had a football game against White Plains the other night with nearly 3,000 people here, and everything went great,” Young said. “It’s very upsetting.”
This is not the first incident involving bad behavior on a soccer field this season. Yonkers senior Chris Cruz was suspended for 16 games by Section 1 for allegedly shoving referee Pat Godfrey during a 3-2 overtime loss to Scarsdale’s B team on Sept. 17 at Fleming Field in Yonkers.
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