Westchester Sports Recap0

Men’s Soccer (RECORD 3-1, REGION 2-1, CONFERENCE 1-0)

TUESDAY SEPT. 10 (Bayside, NY) – In the sport of soccer, when you have a lead, there are fewer than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, and you are playing at home, the odds of your opponent coming back to win are slim to say the least. That is, unless the opponent has Tyrone Malango (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) on its roster.

Such was the story of the Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team on Tuesday. Playing for the first time since falling 2-1 to Monroe-Bronx one week ago, the Vikings were less than 10 minutes away from a second consecutive crushing defeat to a Region XV opponent that would have put the Vikings at 0-2 in region play to start the 2019 campaign. However, Malango, making his Westchester CC debut, not only put the game on his foot, but in many ways the early part of the season on his shoulders, and boy did he come through. The rookie scored on a penalty kick in the 81st minute, and then converted the game-winner five minutes later to give Westchester an incredible 2-1 win.

With the victory, WCC is now 2-1 for the 2019 season and 1-1 in Region XV play.

One year after Queensborough (1-2, 1-2 Region XV) defeated the Vikings in double overtime, the host Tigers seemed to be poised for a regulation victory this time around. Queensborough interrupted a barrage of Viking scoring opportunities with a goal in the 20th minute to take a 1-0 lead, and it appeared that the lead would stick, even though WCC out-shot the Tigers nearly 3-1, but squandered dozens of prime scoring opportunities.

However, in the 81st minute, Malango was pulled down in the box during a glorious scoring opportunity, and was awarded a penalty kick, which he promptly converted to tie the score 1-1. Five minutes later, freshman Tuane Tapper(Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) found Malango with a gorgeous pass, and Malango scored on the opportunity to make it the 2-1 final.

The final score did not nearly reflect the play of the game as Westchester out-shot Queensborough 23-8, with most Viking shots coming from just in front of the Tiger goal, but WCC struggled to finish their chances after a week off.

Sophomore Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil)/Colegio Marsita Pio XII) stopped seven out of eight shots for his second win of the season.

THURSDAY SEPT. 12 (Valhalla, NY) – If there is a theme for the week for the Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team, it is that when a player is making his debut for the Vikings, there should be the highest of expectations. On Tuesday, Westchester rallied from a 1-0 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play to notch a 2-1 win over Queensborough Community College, thanks in large part to the play of freshman Tyrone Malango (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS), who scored both WCC goals during the first game of his Westchester career. 48 hours later, sophomore Allen Hoti (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS), a defender during the 2018 season made his first career start as a goalkeeper, and the game could not have gone better. Hoti did not allow a goal over 65:51, notching Westchester’s first shutout of the 2019 season as the Vikings routed visiting Dutchess Community College, 4-0.


TUESDAY SEPT. 10. (Suffern, NY) – Sophomore Gabriella Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) had four kills, one block and one service ace, and freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) had three kills and five digs, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team fell 3-0 in their 2019 season opener to Rockland Community College on Tuesday night at Rockland CC. The match-up was the Mid-Hudson Conference opener for both teams. Rockland swept the match 25-19, 25-9, and 25-12. Also for the Vikings, freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) added nine assists.

THURSDAY SEPT. 12 (Valhalla, NY) – Freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) had three assists and four digs, and freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) added a kill, five digs, and five service aces, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team was swept by Orange Community College, 3-0 on Thursday evening at Viking Gymnasium. With the loss, Westchester is now 0-2 overall, and 0-2 in both Region XV and Mid-Hudson Conference play.

All three sets went right down to the wire with Orange winning the match 25-22, 25-20, and 26-24 during the first match-up between the schools since Westchester notched a 3-2 victory over Orange in the 2018 Mid-Hudson Conference Championship match.

SATURDAY SEPT. 14 (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Entering Saturday’s matinee with Dutchess Community College, the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team knew that despite dropping the first six sets of the 2019 season, the Vikings were not far off from the Mid-Hudson Conference foes who defeated them. Four sets later, Westchester came home victorious for the first time this season, a satisfying, if not resounding 3-1 win over Dutchess as WCC improved to 1-2 overall, and 1-2 in Region XV and Mid-Hudson Conference play.

Westchester won the match 25-21, 18-25, 25-13, and 25-21 to earn their 10th consecutive victory over Dutchess, dating back to October 9, 2014.

It was a balanced effort to get Westchester past Dutchess, with outside hitter Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) enjoying perhaps her finest effort as a Viking. The sophomore notched a career-high eight kills, and added 14 digs and four service aces during an outstanding overall effort. Fellow sophomore Tia Sue (Sleepy Hollow, NY/Sleepy Hollow HS) added eight service aces and six digs.

For the match, Westchester hit a season-best .064, and their combined 18 service aces and 46 digs were their team best for the 2019 campaign.

Also for the Vikings, freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) had seven assists, five digs, and three service aces, while freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) amassed six kills, five assists, and seven digs.

Games This Week:

  • Sept. 17 – Soccer at Kingsborough, 4pm
  • Sept. 17 – Volleyball vs. Monroe-Bronx, 7pm
  • Sept. 19 – Volleyball at Sullivan, 7pm
  • Sept. 21 – Volleyball (DH) at Manhattan, 12pm
  • Sept. 21 – Soccer at Nassau, 4pm
  • Sept. 22 – Volleyball vs. Bronx at Rockland, 1:15pm

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