Westchester Sports Recap0

SOCCER (RECORD 6-3-1, REGION 4-3-1, CONFERENCE 1-0)

TUESDAY OCT. 2 (Valhalla, NY) – Bronx, NY) – WCC, freshman Wali Azizi (Buchanan, NY/Hendrick Hudson HS) and company were not going to let the long lay-off get the better of them. Azizi had one of the best games of his young career, registering three points, and fellow freshman Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil) Colegio Marista Pio XII) notched his second shutout of the season with seven saves, as Westchester CC downed Bronx CC 2-0 on Tuesday at Bronx Community College. WCC has now won three of its last four games.

Azizi put the Vikings ahead early, converting a passing play by William Morais (White Plains, NY/White Plains HS) and Luis Galeano (Mamaroneck, NY/Rye Nec HS) into his third goal of the season at 4:05 to make it 1-0 in favor of Westchester.

From there, the Viking defense – led by Griza and freshman Leonardo Vargas (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle HS) – locked the Broncos down and allowed very few opportunities. While Westchester out-shot Bronx CC by a slim 18-14 margin, most of the host’s opportunities came from way outside.

Midway through the second half, WCC proved to be opportunistic. Off of a counter-attack, Azizi crossed a pass that Franco Ladron De Guevarra (White Plains, NY/White Plans HS) one-timed to the back of the net to make it 2-0 as Ladron De Guevarra scored his sixth goal of the year.

From there, the outcome was never in doubt thanks to another stellar defensive effort that has seen WCC allow one goal or fewer during seven of its eight games.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 (Selden, NY) – Freshman Kevin Umanzor (Port Chester, NY/Port Chester HS) scored the first goal of his WCC career, and fellow freshman Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil)/Colegio Marista Pio XII) stopped 10 out of 11 shots. The Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team notched a 1-1 tie against defending Region XV Champion Suffolk Community College on Thursday afternoon at Suffolk CC. With the draw, the Vikings are now 6-2-1 overall and 4-2-1 in Region XV.

In what was a heavyweight battle between two of the premiere teams in the region, the game was as even as a college soccer game can be as both teams played stout defense and did not allow many scoring opportunities. Shortly before halftime, freshman Luis Galeano (Mamaroneck, NY/Rye Neck HS) found Umanzor for a spectacular goal that gave the Vikings the halftime lead. And for much of the second half, WCC appeared to be on the verge of one of the biggest wins in program history.

However, luck would not be on the Westchester side. In the 90th minute, an outside shot from Suffolk caused Griza to lunge at the ball, and – playing in the rain – he slipped, allowing an otherwise average shot past him to tie the game with only second remaining. The goal was the only glitch during an otherwise stellar day for the rookie keeper.

Westchester dominated the scoring opportunities during the extra periods as Chris Vallejo (Pleasantville, NY/Pleasantville HS) and Jose Tovar (Yonkers, NY/Riverside HS) both had excellent opportunities to end the game.

The game marked the eighth time this season that Westchester allowed one goal or fewer this season. In fact, the only time that WCC has allowed more than one goal in a game was during a loss to Nassau Community College on Sept. 22.

Overall, Suffolk out-shot WCC 10-9, and the Sharks had 13 corner kicks to four from WCC. Suffolk also amassed five yellow cards, while Westchester CC had one.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 (New York, NY) – In a battle with huge post-season seeding implications for both teams, the Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team suffered its second straight loss, 2-1 to Borough of Manhattan Community College. With the loss, the Vikings are now 6-3-1 overall and 4-3-1 in Region XV play.

The loss also drops the Vikings to sixth place in the Region XV standings. All but assured of a spot in the upcoming Region XV tournament, the loss makes a home game in the tournament an uphill climb.

A year after falling 7-0 at home to the Panthers, WCC came to play on Saturday. The teams played dead-even soccer during the first half, and went into the break tied 0-0 as shots, scoring opportunities, and time of possession were just about even. However, BMCC enjoyed a five-minute rally early during the second half of play, scoring in the 53rd and 58th minutes to go ahead 2-0, and make BMCC the second team this season to score more than a single goal in a game against WCC.

Westchester received new life in the 79th minute when the Vikings were awarded a penalty kick. Freshman Luis Galeano (Mamaroneck, NY/Rye Neck HS) calmly deposited the ball to the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game. For Galeano, the tally marked his ninth goal, and 21th points of the season, leading the Vikings. He is also 3 for 3 on penalty kick opportunities.

WCC spent the final 20 minutes desperately attempting to even the score, but the BMCC defense held, giving the hosts a win.

BMCC outshot Westchester 10-9, and had a 6-3 edge on corner kicks.

For WCC, freshman Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil)/Colegio Marista Pio XII) made six saves.

VOLLEYBALL (RECORD 10-5 REGION 10-5 CONFERENCE 4-3)

TUESDAY OCT. 2 (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Sophomore Lindsay Leggio (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac HS) notched her sixth double-double of the 2018 season – including her fourth during the last five matches. Registering 29 assists and 11 digs, to go with eight service aces and three kills, and fellow sophomore Alysha Owens (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) added 10 kills and four blocks as the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team downed Dutchess Community College, 3-1 on Tuesday night at Dutchess CC.

With the win, the Vikings improve to 9-5 overall, 9-4 in Region XV play, and 4-3 in Mid-Hudson Conference competition.

17 days after winning a five-set thriller against Dutchess at home, Westchester did not leave anything to chance on the road on Tuesday, dominating the first two sets, 25-11 and 25-18. The Falcons rallied to win the third set, 23-25, but Westchester put the match away with a 25-23 win in the fourth set.

Also for Westchester, sophomore Madison Young (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) had 11 kills, two digs, and a block, while freshmen Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) and Gwenneth Gumbs (North Salem, NY/North Salem HS) had four kills apiece, with Pabon adding five digs.

THURSDAY OCT 4 (Valhalla, NY) – Sophomore Lindsay Leggio (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac HS) registered 11 assists and three service aces, and fellow sophomore Madison Young(Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) chipped in six kills and two blocks as the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team won their second consecutive match, 3-0 over Monroe-Bronx on Thursday night at Westchester Community College. With the win, the Vikings improve to 10-5 overall, and 10-4 in Region XV competition.

More impressively, with the 10-5 record, Westchester CC has clinched no worse than a .500 record for the 2018 season as the Vikings have five regular season matches remaining. WCC finished 7-13 one season ago.

It was a match that lasted just over an hour as Westchester dominated the match from start-to-finish, earning a 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 win that marked the Vikings’ fourth sweep of the season. Westchester previously defeated Monroe-Bronx 3-1 on Sept. 18. WCC improves to 4-0 all-time against the Express.

Also for Westchester, Taylor Mello (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Putnam Valley HS) had three kills and six digs, Alysha Owens (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) amassed three kills, two digs, and a block, and Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) added three kills and three digs.

Games This Week:

  • Oct. 9 – Soccer vs. Rockland, 4:00pm
  • Oct. 9 – Volleyball at Sullivan, 7:00pm
  • Oct. 11 – Soccer at Orange, 4:00pm
  • Oct. 13 – Cross Country at St. Joseph’s Invitational
  • Oct. 13 – Soccer at Ulster, 1:00pm
  • Oct. 13 – Volleyball Doubleheader at Nassau, 12:00pm

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