The Rhinebeck High School girls soccer team is working toward an undefeated season.
Although feeling a little pressure to accomplish the feat, the Hawks kept their hopes alive to go a full season unblemished on Wednesday. Rhinebeck, hosting John A. Coleman Catholic, won 10-0.
Coach Matt Grande is now setting his sights on his team’s game against Ellenville on Friday, with the postseason also looming.
“We feel confident we can compete at a high level,” said Grande, whose Hawks improved to 11-0. “It’s a nice position to be in now and it takes a little pressure off going into the postseason.
“The girls really want to be undefeated and want to be the team that people come to see.”
Natalie Hutchins was one of the Hawks’ many driving forces on offense against Coleman, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Michelle Giamportone, Marissa Giamportone, Samanatha McClenahan and Libby Mensch each had one goal and one assist.
“Marissa really stepped up today,” Grande said of Marissa Giamportone, whose goal was scored from 35 yards out and put the Hawks up 2-0 in the first half. “To take the game on her shoulders, it’s a testament to her ability.”
Stephanie Cassens poured in one goal with two assists, Nicole Leary scored a goal and Coleman hurt itself with two own goals. Amber Hoglin and Jacque Miller each added an assist, while Dani Amidon notched a shutout with two saves.
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