Coming off a loss to annual powerhouse Bronxville, Irvington rebounded in a big way with commanding wins over local rivals Hastings and Dobbs Ferry.
The Bulldogs fell behind early against the Yellow Jackets but rattled off four unanswered goals to claim a 4-1 win on Oct. 2.
Jillian Pena put Hastings up early on a feed from Lois Heitler, but Irvington responded when Addie Dring scored on a feed from Niki DeNardo. Keira Nyarady then scored to put them up 2-1, with the assist coming from Kaitlyn Krieger. DeNardo and Alyson Raimondo added second-half goals to put the game away. Amanda Raimondo assisted DeNardo’s goal and then DeNardo set up Alyson Raimondo.
“Coming out of the loss against Bronxville, our goal was to move on and keep focused on the present as we faced off against Hastings,” Irvington coach Patrick DiBenedetto said.
Sara Gavagan stopped six shots in net for the Bulldogs while Sharyn Belsky made five saves for the Yellow Jackets.
Irvington then routed Dobbs Ferry 8-0 on Oct. 4 with DeNardo leading the way with two goals.
Claire Friedlander added a goal and two assists. Krieger, Allie Cloutman, Nyarady, Alyson Raimondo, and Kyli Parsons scored a goal apiece. Krieger, Dring, and Amanda Raimondo had an assist each. Gavagan only had to stop two shots.
Cameryn Bell made six saves for Dobbs Ferry, which also fell 5-0 to Yonkers Montessori on Sept. 30, with Bell stopping 12 shots.
Irvington suffered its first setback to a Class B opponent in a 1-0 loss to Bronxville on Sept. 30. Gavagan kept the Bulldogs within striking distance with 12 saves.
“We played well against Bronxville, and the takeaway was that when you play against strong teams, the slightest lapse can cause a goal,” DiBenedetto said. “We had some scoring chances that just missed and defended well. We look to turn the experience into a positive.”
Behind two goals from Miya Frank, Hastings beat Edgemont 3-0 on Sept. 30.
Heitler added the other goal. Micaela Ross had two assists, with Sophia Ballard notching one assist.
The Yellow Jackets lost to Bronxville 6-0 on Oct. 5.
Ardsley picks up first two wins and two ties
After starting the season 0-6, Ardsley earned two wins and two ties last week.
“The key for our team over the last few games is that we have really been playing like a united front,” Ardsley coach Michelle Chouen said. “We have been communicating clearly, passing well, and supporting one another.”
The Panthers started things off with a 1-1 overtime tie with Harrison on Sept. 29 in a game that was called due to darkness.
Daniela Spiniello gave Ardsley the 1-0 first-half lead, but the Huskies were able to tie the game up late in the first half.
Spiniello again scored the lone goal to hand Ardsley its first win in a 1-0 victory over Byram Hills on Oct. 1. Goaltender Nicole Sanfilippo recorded the shutout.
Sofia Finnerty scored two goals as the Panthers cruised past Ursuline 4-0 the next day.
Spiniello scored again, with Ali Bloom adding the other goal.
“Overall, the team's confidence has increased exponentially,” Chouen said. “We are proud of the way we are playing and we are proud to be able to play competitively against such strong teams. We look forward to the rest of the season.”
Finnerty tallied the lone goal in a 1-1 tie with Pelham on Oct. 4.
The Panthers concluded the busy stretch of games with a 3-0 loss to Sleepy Hollow on Oct. 5.
With Spiniello and Finnerty leading the offense, Chouen said their “ability to find one another on the field and create goal-scoring opportunities has been stellar.”
The coach singled out Sanfilippo and Leah Rifas for the team’s strong defense.
“Our sophomore defender Leah Rifas and senior goalie Nicole Sanfilippo have been central to our team's success,” Chouen said. “Leah’s presence on the field helps to create a calm, confident, and united front.”
Team records through Oct. 5: Ardsley 2-7-2; Dobbs Ferry 2-7-1; Hastings 7-3; Irvington 9-2