CROTON-ON-HUDSON – It really was a tale of two halves for Croton-Harmon and Ardsley at Spencer Field on Sunday.
The overtime that ensued was similar as well, as both teams scored a goal in the extra session in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Croton-Harmon controlled possession for most of the first half, and were rewarded in the 29th minute when Hannah Kaebnick latched onto a long ball from Katie Dorn and chipped in a shot from the right side.
Ardsley made some adjustments in the second half, including switching to a stopper-sweeper defensive line and adding an extra midfielder, and began to generate several scoring chances. The Panthers drew level in the 64th minute after Sophia Closter finished off a pass from Talia Rubino in front.
“I think everyone really wanted it more in the second half,” Ardsley’s Samantha Torrellas said. “In the first half, we were all tired and not fully into it, but we got a little angry in the second half.”
In overtime, Torrellas and Croton-Harmon’s Joanna Marcus both scored to keep the game even.
For Croton-Harmon, the result puts the program at a record of 5-8-2 for a total of 22 points, not counting bonus points for facing teams with records above .500.. With the cut-off to qualify for sectionals at 26 points, the Tigers will likely need a least a draw against Valhalla on Monday to get a spot in the tournament.
“Our game tomorrow, I think we’re going to come out even stronger,” Croton-Harmon’s Emily Fahey said. “It’s all mental for us.”
“We lose our momentum sometimes,” teammate Astrella Dacosta added. “We just need to stick with it; after our tie against Briarcliff, we realized we can beat most of these teams.”
Player of the game: Samantha Torrellas, Ardsley. The junior forward was a terror whenever she got the ball in the offensive third, especially in the second half. She generated at least four good chances in regulation before scoring in overtime.
Turning point: After Torrellas’ goal two minutes into overtime, Croton-Harmon began to generate more possession against a defensive Ardsley team. In the 89th minute, Charlotte Thorton shot a ball into the box that Marcus deflected in to tie the game.
Stat line: For Croton-Harmon, Kaebnick and Marcus had a goal each, Dorn and Thorton had an assist each and Meagan Walsh made 19 saves. For Ardsley, Closter and Torrellas had a goal each, Rubino had two assists and goalkeepers Molly Segall and Emma Jacobsen made six saves each.
Quotable: “We just have to work hard and practice not waiting for the perfect shot,” Ardsley’s Closter said. “Sometimes, we wait for the perfect shot; no shot is ever going to be perfect. We also have to keep working hard on pushing forward.”