The girls soccer teams from Spackenkill and Rhinebeck high schools got a sample of what’s to come in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League semifinals.
On Wednesday, the visiting Spartans beat the Hawks 1-0 in a prelude to their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park in the MHAL semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Red Hook will face Wallkill at 5 p.m. The semifinal winners will play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Hyde Park.
Perhaps the schedule-maker had a sense of strategy setting the game for the end of the season, as both Spackenkill and Rhinebeck had been undefeated before today. Spackenkill coach Mike Corbett has noticed the trend of playing the Hawks toward the season’s end, and admitted the game offered a test.
As did Rhinebeck coach Matt Grande, who expects much of the same in MHALs.
“It always seems we play them at the end,” Corbett said. “We have a pretty good rivalry going with them. The games are always competitive and exciting.”
Said Grande: “I thought we played a great game. There were moments they were better and moments we were better. I think Monday is going to be similar to what we played today”
Katie Lillis scored the game’s lone goal, assisted by Caitlin Speranza, at 34:02 into the game. Goalie Savannah Barefoot made three saves for the Spartans. Dani Amidon made three saves for Rhinebeck, who fell to 12-1.
Corbett praised Brooke Scianna, Lexi Close, Julia Riehl and Alyssa Barahona on a good defensive game.
“They’ve been playing solid all year as a unit,” said Corbett whose Spartans improved to 14-0. “They moved the ball and got it to the forwards.”
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