|Victory over Roundout Valley good way to end last home game |
If there was just one more senior girl on the FDR varsity soccer team, last Tuesday's big 7-1 victory over Rondout Valley would have provided each of them with a goal.
As it was, Coach Michelle Nieman's team added one for good measure in celebrating the final home game for six seniors in what has been an up and down season for the Lady Presidents.
Their victory over Rondout was one of the biggest for FDR, which stood at 4-5-2 heading into the final stages of the spring campaign, which will conclude at Spackenkill, May 26. Roosevelt hopes to be ready after that for the MHAL and Sectional playoffs.
Along with their Senior Day triumph last week, Roosevelt topped Pine Plains, 4-1, but suffered a pair of setbacks, losing a league encounter to Red Hook, 3-0, and a non-league outing to Ketcham, 4-0.
Kelly Russekas put Roosevelt on the board first in the Rondout win, but Leslie Aitken of Rondout beat FDR goalie, Naomi Lyons, less than a minute later to knot the score at 1-1 in the first half.
Aitken's goal would be the Ganders' last, however, as the Lady Presidents took charge on two successive tallies by Stephanie Profeta to conclude the first half in front at 3-1.
In the second half, it was all green and gold as four different players netted scores and Lyons withstood everything Rondout had left, including a successful defense of a penalty kick.
Kristin Courtney scored first, giving FDR a three goal edge, and Heather Camara, Jamie Floryan, and Caitlin Liguori each added goals in the late going.
Roosevelt outshot Rondout, 36-13, sending them to their eighth consecutive loss without a victory this season.
In FDR's victory over Pine Plains, Stephanie Profeta was involved in all four goals, scoring two and assisting on the others. She connected on a goal in each half, the second on an assist from Kristin Courtney, which put the game out of reach for the Lady Bombers, who managed to beat FDR goalie, Naomi Lyons, just once in the early part of the second half. Roosevelt outshot Pine Plains, 22-15, sending them to their seventh defeat in nine games.
It was a different story when Roosevelt met Red Hook and Ketcham later in the week. In both cases, the Lady Presidents were unable to mount any offense.
The first half of the Red Hook encounter remained scoreless throughout the first half as Lyons held the 8-1-2 Lady Raiders at bay prior to intermission.
In the second half, however, Red Hook's 22-5 shot advantage took its toll. Red Hook has lost only to Our Lady Of Lourdes this season and has dominated the MHAL standings.
Former Section One rival, Ketcham, also proved to be a tough opponent for Coach Nieman's kickers. The Lady Indians sent 36 shots on goal, forcing Jamie Floryan to make 25 saves altogether, while FDR managed to test the Ketcham goalie just seven times.
The defeat dropped Roosevel below the breakeven point at 4-5-2 with just two weeks remaining in the regular season. For seniors, Alyssa Ketcham, Barbara Fritz, Naomi Lyons, Meg Shaugnessy, Kim Lillis, and Kristin Courtney, that moment of triumph against Rondout provided a nice conclusion to their home field careers. What they would like would be a chance to return in sectional playoffs for an encore performance. Tickets will be available if they can muster a final winning push on the road to earn a high enough seed in the second season.