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John Jay rides early momentum to a playoff win | USA Today High School Sports

John Jay coach Heather Ausiello regroups her team following a slow start to the second half.

John Jay coach Heather Ausiello regroups her team following a slow start to the second half.

CROSS RIVER – There was no drama, no reason to worry.

John Jay settled in quickly, got on the board early and spent the remainder of the game leaning on a stingy defense. The end result was a 2-0 victory over Nyack on Tuesday in the opening round of the Section 1 Class B playoffs.

“The past two years, this was the game we lost,” junior Hailey Spencer said.. “It’s exciting that we advanced and get to try something new.”

Next up is a quarterfinal match up with Panas on Thursday.

Rosie Ceisler gave John Jay the lead less than eight minutes into the game, lifting a rebound into the right side of the cage.

“We shot it off a corner and the goalie kicked it back at us,” she said. “It kind of rolled on to my stick and I lifted it over her pads.”

Spencer capitalized on a perfectly-executed corner with 8:42 left in the opening half.  Hannah Spencer triggered the corner and Sim Uppal moved the ball along.

“Falling behind put on a lot of pressure, but I think our girls did a good job of staying strong,” Nyack coach Morgan Lizotte said. “It was definitely a good battle.”

John Jay did not carry the momentum into the second half, but the defense was quick to break up each threat.

“I think we have to realize when the second half starts, it’s basically a 0-0 game,” Spencer said. “We have to play it like we started the first half of this game, keep up that intensity and not forget all the stuff we used in the first half to get us the lead.”

Player of the game: Babcock, John Jay. The junior wing covered more ground with the ball than anyone on the field, taking momentum along from defense to offense.

Turning point: Scoring has been an issue for John Jay, and the Ceisler goal in the first eight minutes of play took a lot of pressure off.

“It kind of got us all pumped up because we’ve had a lot of trouble scoring in other games,” Ceisler said. “To come out and score right away made us believe we could win right away, and this is such a big win for us. It really motivated us.”

Stat line: Nyack drew eight penalty corners, twice as many as John Jay, but struggled to execute and manufacture clean shots. …  Haley Martinsen finished with three saves for John Jay.

Quotable:  “Scoring zero goals in the second half doesn’t help us,” John Jay coach Heather Ausiello said. “You can’t be comfortable with a 2-0 lead. We played very well defensively and we didn’t give up any goals. That’s been our strongest point.”


Rye 9, Nanuet 0: In a Class B first-round game, No. 2 Rye defeated No. 15 Nanuet behind Ellie O’Callahan’s three goals. Rye will host Pearl River on Friday.

Panas 3, Brewster 2: In a Class B first-round game, Jesse Devlin scored twice as the No. 3 Panthers defeated the No. 14 Bears. Panas will host John Jay on Friday.

Byram Hills 3, Sleepy Hollow 0: In a Class B first-round game, Ally Steffen, Ashley Polera and Olivia Gordon all scored as No. 4 Byram Hills defeated No. 11 Sleepy Hollow. The Bobcats host Harrison on Friday.

Harrison 2, Pelham 1: In a class B first-round game, the No. 5 Huskies defeated the No. 12 Pelicans behind goals from Tasha Garayo and Julie Robertson.

Pearl River 2, Ursuline 0: In a class B first-round game, the No. 7 Pirates defeated the No. 10 Koalas as Kayla Moreau and Elizabeth Gilbride scored a goal each.

Somers 2, Hen Hud 1: In a Class B first-round game, the No. 8 Tuskers, led by Teagan Lucchese’s two goals, defeated No. 9 Hen Hud. Somers will play at No. 1 Lakeland on Friday.

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