Westchester Sports Recap

Men’s Soccer (RECORD 5-2, REGION 4-2, CONFERENCE 2-0)

TUESDAY SEPT. 24 (Valhalla, NY) – On a day when the Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team struggled to find the goal at times, even while holding a 38-6 advantage in shots, it was a freshman who had never scored a collegiate goal who rose to the occasion while so many others could not. And it just so happened to take place when the High School team he suited up for less than a year ago was on-hand to watch as a team. Freshman forward Jonny Reyes (Peekskill, NY/Peekskill HS) found the back of the net for the first two times of his Viking career, and fellow freshman Jason Almedia Da Cruz (Yonkers, NY/Escola Secundaria Olavo Moniz (Cape Verde)) registered five points as the Vikings routed visiting Orange Community College 7-0 at Barrett Field. With the win, Westchester is now 5-2 overall, 4-2 in NJCAA Region XV Play, and 2-0 in the Mid-Hudson Conference standings.

A stiff wind seemed to be the only obstacle standing between Westchester and a comfortable victory, as the first signs of fall appeared in Valhalla with cooler temperatures and a breeze that pushed dozens of Viking scoring opportunities wide. Westchester scored seven goals on 38 shots. A dozen or so opportunities just missed, thanks in large part to the windy day.

Although, Almedia Da Cruz did not seem bothered by the conditions at all. Exactly one minute into the game Da Cruz received, a fantastic crossing pass from Luis Madriz (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) that Da Cruz one-timed to the near right post for a 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, Da Cruz found freshman Tuane Tapper (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) with a similar pass to the left side of the goal, and Tapper tapped in his seventh goal of the season for a 2-0 lead. Tapper played an incredible all-around game, taking seven shots, all of which were the result of golden scoring opportunities.

Da Cruz struck again at 21:10, a breakaway goal that came thanks to a fantastic through ball by sophomore Jordan Bennett (Peekskill, NY/Peekskill HS) for a 3-0 lead. Just before halftime, Tapper tripped inside of the box while in a position to score a goal, leading to a penalty kick opportunity. Sophomore Leonardo Vargas (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle HS) converted the opportunity for his first goal of the season, and a 4-0 halftime lead.

Sophomore Renzo Tolentino (New Rochelle, NY/San Antonio HS (Peru)) entered the game just before halftime, and immediately made his presence felt as twice during an 11-minute span, Tolentino made huge plays to gain the primary assist on goals. At 64:10, he found Reyes in front of the net for Reyes’s first career goal to make it 5-0. At 75:13, Tolentino’s crossing pass was one-timed into the net by freshman Juan Torres (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle HS) for his first career goal and a 6-0 lead. At 84:44, Reyes closed the scoring by intercepting an errant Orange pass in the middle of the box, and streaking down the center for his second goal, and the 7-0 final.

Sophomore goalkeepers Saul Ypanaque (Ossining, NY/Ossining HS) and Allen Hoti (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS) combined for Westchester’s third shutout of the season and third shutout over the last four games.

Aside from the 38-6 advantage in shots, Westchester had 13 corner kicks compared to a single opportunity for Orange CC (5-2, 4-2, 0-1).

TUESDAY SEPT. 24 Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer freshman Tuane Tapper (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) was named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week after continuing an incredible rookie campaign last week as Westchester CC went 1-1. Tapper scored two goals for the week and enjoyed a solid overall week of play as he has established himself as one of the best rookies in the conference.

Against Kingsborough Community College on Tuesday, Tapper opened the scoring in the 16th minute as Westchester defeated the host Wave 3-0, giving Tapper his second game-winning goal of the 2019 season. Four days later, against Nassau Community College – the nation’s third-ranked team – Tapper scored in the 84th minute as the Vikings suffered a 3-1 defeat.

For the 2019 season, Tapper leads Westchester in goals (6), assists (2), points (14), and shots (26).


TUESDAY SEPT. 24 (Middletown, NY) – Sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) recorded seven kills, two blocks, and four service aces, and freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) added four kills, eight assists, six service aces, and three digs, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team fell 3-1 to Orange Community College on Tuesday night in Middletown, New York. With the loss, the Vikings are now 3-6 overall, 3-6 in NJCAA Region XV play, and 2-3 in the Mid-Hudson Conference.

12 days after being swept by the Colts in three sets that went right to the finish, Westchester put up another spirited effort, falling 16-25, 15-25, 25-17, and 17-25.

Also for Westchester, freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) chipped in six assists, five digs, and four service aces.

THURSDAY SEPT. 26 (Valhalla, NY) – Freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) had seven kills, six assists, and eight digs, and sophomore Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) added six kills and four digs, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team lost its second straight match, 3-0 to Ulster Community College on Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium. With the loss, Westchester is now 3-7 overall and 2-4 in Mid-Hudson Conference play.

Ulster swept the match 25-18, 25-16, and 25-21.

Also for the Vikings, sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) had seven kills, while freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) added nine assists.

SATURDAY SEPT. 28 (Suffern, NY) – Freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) continued her impressive rookie campaign with five kills, a career-high 12 assists, and six service aces. Sophomore Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) enjoyed one of the finest matches of her career with 11 kills, three service aces, and five assists as the Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team completed a tri-match with a 3-0 win over Kingsborough Community College on Saturday to finish the day 1-1. With the split, Westchester is now 4-8 overall and 4-8 in NJCAA Region XV play.

Westchester notched their fifth consecutive win over Kingsborough, and for the first time in three years, the match did not go to five sets as the Vikings cruised 25-18, 25-16, 25-21.

Also for WCC, sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) added nine kills and four blocks.

Westchester opened the day with a 3-0 loss to defending Region XV Champion Queensborough Community College as the Vikings fell 25-14, 25-17, 25-18. Faria led the Vikings with seven kills, three blocks and two service aces, while Rinaldi added four kills, eight assists, four service aces, and five digs. Pabon chipped in four kills, three assists, and two service aces.

Also for WCC, freshman Cristina Stasolla (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Maria Regina) had six assists, five digs, and four service aces.

Games This Week:

  • Oct 1 – Soccer vs. Bronx, 4pm
  • Oct 1 – Volleyball vs. Dutchess, 7pm
  • Oct 3 – Volleyball at Monroe-Bronx, 7pm
  • Oct 3 – Soccer vs. Suffolk, 4pm
  • Oct 5 – Soccer vs. BMCC, 12pm

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