09-15-09 FDR @ HIGHLAND
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IN THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL 09-16-09:
HIGHLAND?— Entering Tuesday’s girls soccer contest at Highland High School, the host Huskies and visiting Franklin D. Roosevelt were both undefeated.
One team left beaten. The other left — for lack of a better term — beaten up.
Highland won the game, 3-0, but lost several players to injury.
The most jarring was Alyssa Abrahamsen, who missed half of the 2008 season with a torn right ACL. The senior injured her left knee in the first half and missed the rest of the game.
Highland coach Pete Harris said Abrahamsen would be examined by a doctor on Wednesday. He doesn’t expect her to play on Thursday against Wallkill.
“Would she want (to play)? Absolutely,” Harris said. “To get out and give it a run on a knee that’s just not feeling right after going through a year’s worth of rehab already, I just don’t think so.”
Highland (3-0, 3-0) overcame a flat start to control midfield for the majority of the half. Abrahamsen opened the scoring for the Huskies 6:22 into the game on a feed from Megan Murphy.
The Presidents (4-1, 3-1) had a couple of good chances started by midfielder Martika Hubbard that were turned away by Highland goalkeeper Stephanie Porter (five saves).
Murphy scored with 1:36 left in the first half on a feed from Devin Riley to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. Murphy also scored on a penalty kick in the second half.
The Huskies’ injuries and maladies didn’t end with Abrahamsen.
Murphy, who scored Highland’s second and third goals, missed stretches of the second half with ankle problems and charley horses in both legs. Jen Porter (bloody nose) and Kayla Krusen and Jessica Dutka, both of whom needed to use inhalers, also left the game in the second half. Carly Bilchak (knee) missed the game entirely.
“The FDR players were very good sports about each and every one of them,” Harris said of his team’s injury stoppages. “They were looking out for our well-being as
much as I was. I was impressed and thankful.”
Seeing Abrahamsen down with another injury was shocking for the Huskies.
“It’s really important because she’s a big part of the team,” Murphy said. “It’s important for us to stick together and work hard. Even without her, we can be successful.”
Highland defender Rebecca Sedlacek has a simple plan for dealing with injuries.
“We don’t rely on one player. We work as a team,” Sedlacek said. “If one goes down, we’re still in it.”
Driving home that point is Highland’s 3-0 record without all-time leading goal scorer Christie Morano, who graduated last year.
“Working together,” Sedlacek said of how the team’s resiliency. “Pulling everything together. Attaching strings.”
Harris praised the play of his defense, including Ashlee Fazio, Leah Foscaldi and Sedlacek and the goalkeeper Porter, calling them experienced players on a battle-tested squad.
Roosevelt viewed the game as a measuring stick of its season, coming off a win in Rhinebeck’s Andy Bennett Tournament over the weekend.
“We were very up for this game, so we were obviously playing as strong as we could,” Roosevelt coach Dan Hassoun said. “Things just happen. We’re not the kind of team that goes out there to hurt people so it’s just something that happens. I like that we didn’t give up. Although it was 3-0, we just kept plugging along. They kept trying up until the last second.”
Hubbard thought the pace negatively affected her team.
“It was very back and forth and lots of stopping play. I think that slowed us down a little bit,” said Hubbard, a Roosevelt co-captain. “We’re used to playing the ball on the ground and not having to stop every few minutes and get back into it.”
Highland has high hopes this season and feels good about itself after coming away a win despite the adversity.
“We want to return to the MHAL championship and win the division title,” said Harris, whose team moved up to MHAL, Division II. “Normally, when we play Wallkill, I’m expecting what I got today because it’s always a physical contest. I’m not concerned anymore. We weathered that today.”
Thanks to Mrs. Broadright for the photos!