Melissa McHugh had a goal and an assist to lead the top-seeded John Jay girls soccer team over No. 4 Clarkstown South High School, 3-1, in a Section 1 Class AA semifinal on Thursday.
John Jay (15-3-1) faces third-seeded North Rockland in the final at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington High School.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling and I’m so happy for the kids,” Patriots coach C.J. Greenwood said. “The amount of effort they’ve put in to get to this point, I couldn’t be more proud.”
McHugh put the Patriots on the board 30 seconds into the game, scoring off a pass from Kiley Longin. Khiara Young made it 2-0 in the 12th minute. Shea Olszewski scored six minutes into the second half with an assist from Juliette Vetare.
Brianna Durland made five saves, including two on corner kicks, in what Greenwood said “might’ve been her best game as a goalkeeper.”
John Jay lost to North Rockland in the semifinals last year, and the Raiders went on to reach the state final.
“We have a scouting report on them,” Greenwood said. “But they’ve had major injuries and had to shuffle their lineup and bring in new people. So I’ll rely on people I know who’ve played them to get some more information.”
Haldane 1, North Salem 0 — Bailey McCollum scored on a penalty kick to lift top-seeded Haldane over No. 4 North Salem in a Section 1 Class C semifinal. Haldane will now face third-seeded Solomon Schechter in the finals at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Arlington High School.
Ashley Cody scored on an assist by Lauren Folchetti to lift top-seeded Pawling over fourth-seeded North Salem 1-0 in the Section 1 Class C semifinals.
Pawling will face second-seeded Bronxville in the Class C title game on Tuesday at Brewster.
“We came up short last year,” said Pawling coach June Lagan, whose Tigers improved to 16-1-1. “We have the extra motivation for this year.”
Goalie Kayla Chavarri made three saves, while Lagan credited Folchetti, Lexi Fleming and Claudia Belmonte on defense.
“Claudia is one of our defenders back there. Lauren and Lexi cover the field,” Lagan said. “They were a good combo. It was a great team effort, everybody played well today and contributed in some manner.”
Rondout Valley 4, Red Hook 0 — Goalie Olivia Ranieri made 20 saves, but the second-seeded Raiders lost to the top-seeded Ganders in the Section 9 Class B championship at the Hudson Valley Sportsdome in Milton.
“I thought Red Hook made us work hard. Their goalie played hard, she stopped a tremendous amount of shots,” Rondout Valley coach Nanette Simione said. “They didn’t sit back and let us play the way we usually do, passing and finding open spaces.”
Spencer Hutchins made four saves, but it came in a loss as third-seeded Rhinebeck High School fell to No. 2 O’Neill, 2-0, in a Section 9 Class B semifinal.
O’Neill scored its first goal in the 30th minute and the Hawks (13-4) were stifled.
Rhinebeck won the state Class C championship last season before moving up to Class B.
“There were high expectations for us because of what we’d done before, but the guys understood that every year is different,” Hawks coach Justin Wiesenthal said. “This was a different group of guys from last year. But to be able to come through this season under the pressure these guys had and get this far was remarkable. To lose the seniors we lost last year and go 13-4, and beat some great teams along the way, it says a lot. It didn’t come easy. These guys really worked hard to be successful.”