Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S SOCCER (RECORD 4-2, REGION 3-2, CONFERENCE 1-0)

TUESDAY SEPT. 17 (Brooklyn, NY) – The Vikings beat Kingsborugh 3-1 . All-Conference Midfielder Jose Tovar seems to be everywhere on the field for 90 minutes each game, there is very little that sophomore Jose Tovar (Yonkers, NY/Riverside HS) has not contributed to the Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team during an outstanding playing career in Valhalla. Tovar found the back of the net for the first time during his outstanding Viking career, putting Westchester up 2-0 in route to a 3-1 win over Kingsborough Community College during a game played in Brooklyn, New York.

With their third straight win, Westchester is now 4-1 overall, and 3-1 in Region XV play.

After winning 8-1 over the Wave in monsoon-like conditions a year ago. Westchester went up against a vastly improved Kingsborough (0-2, 0-2 Region XV) team, and downed the Wave for at least the eighth consecutive time, dating back to 2012. Thanks to offensive fireworks early, followed by a stout defensive effort as the game moved along that saw Kingsborough take only 10 shots for the game, and kept Kingsborough off of the board for the final 65 minutes of play.

Freshman Tuane Tapper (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) opened scoring in the 15th minute, netting his fifth goal of the season thanks to a nifty assist from Jason Almedia Da Cruz (Yonkers, NY/Escola Secundaria Olavo Moniz (Cape Verde) for a 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later, freshman Tyrone Malango (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) found Tovar open near the goal, and Tovar converted the opportunity to make it a 2-0 lead. After Kingsborough scored in the 25th minute to make things closer, freshman Luis Madriz (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) scored his second goal of the season, off of an assist by Juan Torres (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle HS) for the 3-1 final.

Sophomore Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil)/Colegio Marista Pio XII) made eight saves for his third win of the 2019 season.

Overall, Westchester out-shot Kingsborough 12-10, and were close on several other scoring opportunities turned back by seven offside calls.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 (Garden City, NY) – The Vikings lost 3-1 at Nassau. Freshman Tuane Tapper (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) scored his sixth goal of the 2019 season, and sophomore Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil)/Colegio Marista Pio XII) made a season-high 11 saves. Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team fell 3-1 to Nassau Community College, the nation’s third-ranked team on Saturday afternoon at Nassau Community College.

With the loss, the Vikings are now 4-2 overall and 3-2 in NJCAA Region XV play.

In a rematch of the Semifinal Round of the 2018 NJCAA Region XV Men’s Soccer Tournament – won 3-0 by Nassau CC – the Vikings went toe-to-toe with Nassau for most of the first half, with the Lions breaking through at 28:20 to take a 1-0 lead. The back-breaker came less than two minutes before halftime when Nassau scored again to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

Nassau scored again in the 72nd minute to make it 3-0. Finally, in the 83rd minute, Tapper scored off of a spectacular individual effort for Westchester’s only goal.

Griza was spectacular for the Vikings, stopping 11 out of 14 shots, many of which were golden scoring opportunities for Nassau CC.

Nassau outshot Westchester 14-5 and had six corner kicks, compared to Westchester’s four.

VOLLEYBALL (RECORD 3-5, REGION 3-5, CONFERENCE 2-2)

TUESDAY SEPT. 17 (Valhalla, NY) – The Vikings lost to Monroe Bronx 3-2. Sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) amassed eight kills, three service aces, five digs, and two solo blocks, and fellow sophomore Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) added seven kills, four service aces, and five digs as the Vikings overcame a 2-0 deficit to the visiting Express to force a fifth and deciding set, ultimately losing 3-2. With the loss, Westchester is now 1-3 overall and 1-3 in Region XV play.

Monroe (3-0, 3-0 Region XV) captured the first two sets 16-25 and 22-25, and appeared poised for a quick end to the evening but those plans changed in a hurry as the Vikings stormed back in the most dramatic of fashions. Thanks in large part of 17 service errors and a strong defensive night overall, Westchester rallied to capture the third and fourth sets, 25-18 and 25-23, respectively. However, Monroe had one last rally in them as the Express captured the deciding set 15-6.

Also for Westchester, freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) had 10 assists and eight digs, while sophomore Tia Sue (Sleepy Hollow, NY/Sleepy Hollow HS) had five digs.

THURSDAY SEPT. 19 (Loch Sheldrake, NY) – After sputtering to an 0-2 start to the 2019 season during which they dropped every set they competed in, the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team entered Thursday night’s encounter with Sullivan CC looking very much like a team prepared to hit its stride. After a win on Saturday over Dutchess CC, followed by a five-set thriller of a loss to Monroe-Bronx on Tuesday, the Vikings took to the floor at Sullivan with high hopes, and returned home with their season firmly turned around after a 3-1 win over the Generals.

With the victory, Westchester CC improves to 2-3 overall and in Region XV play, and is 2-2 against Mid-Hudson Conference competition.

Westchester won the match 25-17, 16-25, 26-24, and 25-16 to defeat Sullivan CC for the sixth consecutive time, and 13th time during 14 matches dating back to Oct. 5, 2013. The last Sullivan CC win in this series was on Sept. 27, 2016.

Sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) continues to make strides in becoming one of the fiercest middle players in the Mid-Hudson Conference. On Thursday night, she amassed a team-high eight kills for the second consecutive match, and added three blocks and two service aces, capping an incredible all-around week for the second-year player, who rejoined the program after a four-year break for the 2019 campaign. Her steady presence in the middle is a big factor behind Westchester’s recent stellar play.

Also for the Vikings, freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) enjoyed another terrific match, contributing 10 assists and three services. WCC was also led by freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS), who contributed five kills, six assists, and a match-high nine service aces.

SATURDAY SEPT. 21 (New York, NY) – Sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) registered 16 kills and seven digs over two matches. Fellow sophomore Jurnee Reid (Sleepy Hollow, NY/Ossining HS) added nine kills and 19 digs, but the Westchester Community College Volleyball team dropped both contests of a Saturday tri-match, losing a five-set thriller, 3-2 to BMCC, and getting swept 3-0 by Fashion Institute of Technology, the nation’s 10th ranked team. The matches played at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

With the losses, the Vikings are now 2-5 overall and in NJCAA Region XV play.

The opener marked the second time this week the Vikings played a five-set match after dropping the first two sets to Monroe-Bronx on Tuesday evening, before rallying for two straight set wins before falling during the deciding set. Saturday’s match was even more of a thriller as the first four sets saw both teams get to 20 points, and the fifth set could not have been closer. Westchester won the opening set 28-26, before falling 24-26. The Vikings went ahead 2-1 with a 25-20 win in the third set before BMCC evened things 24-26 in the fourth set. The final set went back and forth before BMCC ended things with a 16-14 win.

Faria was tremendous as she had 10 kills, 4 blocks, five digs, and two service aces. Reid enjoyed arguably the best match of her career, compiling a career-high seven kills and career-best 14 digs. Also for WCC, freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) added a double double with 15 digs and 11 aces, to go with five kills and eight assists. Freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) also had eight assists.

The second half of the day saw FIT not only win their 13th straight match, but the Tigers have now started the 2019 season with 39 consecutive set wins after sweeping WCC 20-25, 17-25, and 10-25. During the loss, Faria had six kills, four digs, and three service aces, while Reid added two kills and five digs, and Rinaldi had two assists, six digs, and three service aces.

SUNDAY SEPT. 22 (Suffern, NY) – Freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) had perhaps the finest match of her young career with nine assists, nine kills, and six service aces. Sophomore Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) chipped in four kills, nine digs, and four service aces as the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team closed the weekend in winning fashion, 3-0 to Bronx Community College on Sunday afternoon. The match played at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. With the win, Westchester is now 3-5 overall and 3-5 against NJCAA Region XV competition.

Westchester won the match 25-13, 25-20, and 25-15.

The ace was the name of the game as Westchester combined for 21 of them, and now has 112 service aces over eight matches this season.

Also for Westchester, sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) added nine kills, four blocks, and two service aces, while freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) had two kills, six assists, four digs, and four service aces.

Games This Week

  • Sept. 24 – Soccer vs. Orange, 4pm
  • Sept. 24 – Volleyball at Orange, 7pm
  • Sept. 26 – Volleyball vs. Ulster, 7pm
  • Sept. 28 – Volleyball DH at Rockland, 12pm

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