RYE — Not too long ago, Rye was a team that was always considered a threat in the Class A boys soccer playoffs.
But in recent seasons, the Garnets have come back down to earth and stumbled once the postseason rolls around. They’re hoping that this is the year that they reverse that trend, and if Thursday’s impressive 3-0 outbracket win over No. 18 Spring Valley is any indication, they may be on the right track.
No. 15 Rye (6-9-2) will have a chance to really put itself back on the map on Friday when it travels to No. 2 Lakeland for a first round game at 4 p.m.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re ready for them,” junior midfielder Jon DiPalma said. “We’re ready to take them on. We played them in the summer, but we haven’t played them this season, so we’re excited. We’re going to show that we belong here.”
After dominating possession throughout the first half, DiPalma got the scoring going for the Garnets in the 33rd minute when he cleaned up a rebound off of Leo Gomes’ shot, which gave Rye a 1-0 halftime lead.
“We knew we needed to put that dagger in,” DiPalma said of the halftime message. “We couldn’t give a team as good as Spring Valley a chance to come back in this game. We knew we needed to get that next goal, and after that, it would fall and we could take control of the game and really put it away.”
In the 53rd minute, DiPalma found Tommy Gates with a cross to make it 2-0, and Gomes put the game away three minutes later on a well-placed shot from the right wing.
“I always watch (FC Barcelona’s) Neymar play and I learn from him,” Gomes said. “That was his kind of shot.”
The Garnets have taken their lumps all season while playing in one of the toughest leagues in the section with the likes of Port Chester, Byram Hills and Pelham, but they’re hoping that has prepared them for the playoff stage.
“We had six very strong seasons from 2006-2011, but haven’t advanced far in the playoffs after being upset by Pelham back in 2011,” coach Jared Small said. “After a few tough seasons, this has been a wonderful season and we are peaking at exactly the right time. I consider us a top eight team in Class A, but I also consider Lakeland a top two team, so unfortunately something will have to give tomorrow.”
Clarkstown North 1, Clarkstown South 0, 2 OT: In a Class AA outbracket game at No. 16 Clarkstown North, Cole Spagnoli scored the winning goal on a penalty kick in the second overtime. The PK was called with about five minutes remaining after a hand ball inside of the 17th-seeded Vikings’ box. The 16th-seeded Rams (8-8-1) will play at No. 1 Arlington in the first round on Friday at 3 p.m.
Mahopac 1, Carmel 0: In a Class AA outbracket game at No. 15 Mahopac, Ray Arcieri scored on a 50-yard free kick with two minutes to go in the first half and Mike Bernardi made eight saves. The Indians (7-8-2) will play at No. 2 Port Chester in the first round on Friday at 2 p.m.
Suffern 1, Ramapo 0: In a Class AA outbracket game at Suffern Middle School, Liam Powers scored on an assist from Tom Schember for the 14th-seeded Mounties. Suffern (9-6-2) will play at No. 3 Mamaroneck in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow 2, Beacon 1: In a Class A outbracket game at Tibbetts Brook Park, Noah Gould and Toby Humm each scored for No. 14 Sleepy Hollow. The Headless Horsemen (6-8-3) will play at No. 3 Hen Hud in the first round on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
“The midfield struggled a little in the beginning, but the defense played solid,” coach Brian Duschenchuk said. “Midfield stepped it up in the second half and pressured well. We’re going to have to play a little stronger in the middle tomorrow.”
Lincoln 3, Nanuet 1: In a Class A outbracket game at Fleming Field, Valmend Marki had two goals and an assist. Haroun Alkaifi also scored and Daniel Poku made eight saves. No. 10 Lincoln (10-7) will play at No. 7 Somers in the first round on Friday at 3 p.m.
Peekskill 3, Keio 2: In a Class A outbracket game at Manhattanville College, Cristian Lazaro had a hat trick. Kosuke Terasawa scored both goals for No. 17 Keio. The 16th-seeded Red Devils (8-9) will play at No. 1 Pearl River in the first round on Friday at 3 p.m.
Harrison 3, Riverside 2: In a Class A outbracket game at Tibbetts Brook Park, Luiz Guimaraes scored twice and Noah Bender made eight saves for No. 21 Harrison. Freddy Mejia scored both goals for No. 12 Riverside. The Huskies (5-11-1) will play No. 5 Pelham at Glover Field in the first round on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Yorktown 4, Panas 0: In a Class A outbracket game at No. 11 Yorktown, Mohamed Hamza had a hat trick and Adam Romanski also scored. The Huskers (8-8-1) will play at No. 6 Tappan Zee in the first round on Friday at 2 p.m.
Nyack 3, John Jay 1: In a Class A outbracket game at No. 13 John Jay, Nour Ellisy scored twice and Hector Sandoval also had a goal for No. 20 Nyack. The Indians (6-10-1) will play at No. 4 Byram Hills in the first round on Friday at 3 p.m.
Here is Friday’s first round schedule:
No. 17 Clarkstown North at No. 1 Arlington, 3 p.m.
No. 15 Mahopac vs. No. 2 Port Chester at Purchase College, 2 p.m.
No. 14 Suffern at No. 3 Mamaroneck, 5 p.m.
No. 13 North Rockland at No. 4 Scarsdale, 3 p.m.
No. 12 Ossining at No. 5 John Jay-EF, 3 p.m.
No. 11 White Plains at No. 6 Ketcham, 3 p.m.
No. 10 Horace Greeley at No. 7 New Rochelle, 3 p.m.
No. 9 Saunders at No. 8 Fox Lane, 2:30 p.m.
No. 16 Peekskill at No. 1 Pearl River, 3 p.m.
No. 15 Rye at No. 2 Lakeland, 4 p.m.
No. 14 Sleepy Hollow at No. 3 Hen Hud, 5:30 p.m.
No. 20 Nyack at No. 4 Byram Hills, 3 p..m
No. 21 Harrison vs. No. 5 Pelham at Glover Field, 4:30 p.m.
No. 11 Yorktown at No. 6 Tappan Zee, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Lincoln at No. 7 Somers, 3 p.m.
No. 9 Yonkers at No. 8 Eastchester, 3 p.m.
No. 1 Irvington (bye)
No. 15 Putnam Valley vs. No. 2 Hastings at New Burke Field, 3 p.m.
No. 14 Albertus Magnus at No. 3 Bronxville, 2:30 p.m.
No. 13 Westlake at No. 4 Rye Neck, 3 p..m
No. 12 Croton-Harmon at No. 5 Briarcliff, 3 p.m.
No. 11 Woodlands at No. 6 Blind Brook, 3 p.m.
No. 10 North Salem at No. 7 Edgemont, 3 p.m.
No. 9 Pleasantville at No. 8 Valhalla, 5 p.m.
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