With all of its weapons this season, the John Jay girls soccer team has essentially told its opponents, “Pick your poison.”
The difficulty in making a choice, though, is that each of them is deadly. And the Patriots proved again on Tuesday that there isn’t a known antidote.
Khiara Young and Erin Theiller each scored in the second half as top-seeded John Jay beat No. 8 Suffern High School, 2-0, in a Class AA quarterfinal.
The Patriots (14-3-1) host No. 4 Clarkstown South at 3 p.m. Thursday in semifinal play.
As Kylie Longin slipped behind the defense, Suffern chose to lock in on the feisty freshman playmaker, sending three defenders toward her. Longin read the field and deftly sent a cross from the right flank to Young, who one-timed it from 6 yards to put the Patriots on the board in the 61st minute.
“She’s been a nightmare for other teams because they have to back up against her,” John Jay coach C.J. Greenwood said of Young, a star sprinter whose speed has proven hard to defend. “If they play too deep, it opens up space for Erin and Claire Thoma.”
Meanwhile, the back line of Meaghan Whelan, Deanna Lomino, Danielle Angyal, Rachel Martin and Cayla Ruotolo has consistently limited space, making it difficult for opposing offenses to operate. Brianna Durland made five saves in the shutout.
“They support and cover for each other constantly,” Greenwood said of the defense. “It’s like a well-oiled machine right now.”
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