Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S SOCCER (RECORD 10-4, REGION 7-3, CONFERENCE 4-0)

TUESDAY OCT. 16 The Reign Continues!: Late Surge Leads Men’s Soccer to Fifth Straight Conference Championship; 4-1 over Ulster CC

(Valhalla, NY) – When you are the defending champions, four times over for that matter, and owner of a 22-match winning streak against conference competition, earning another crown is not always about playing better soccer when the whistle blows, but instead sometimes comes down to making the right play at the perfect moment. When all of the celebrating is finished, and Westchester Community College ties the bow on a fifth consecutive Mid-Hudson Conference Championship. They will not remember – in fact they might choose to forget – much of the first 80 minutes of play on Wednesday afternoon at Barrett Field, but instead will focus on a magical stretch to close out the game that saw a championship squad simply refuse to allow an upstart opponent to take what is now rightfully theirs.

On a rain-soaked afternoon where the precipitation was as relentless as the effort undertaken by second-seeded Ulster Community College, the top-seeded Vikings bent, bent again, and bent yet again, but refused to break, and when big plays needed, they came in a hurry. Three Westchester goals in a span of 5:32 late in the second half broke up a 1-1 tie, giving Westchester a 4-1 win over the visiting Senators to extend their Mid-Hudson Conference winning streak to 23, and their run of conference championships to five.

With the win, Westchester improves to 10-3 for the 2019 season.

The Vikings could not have started the game any better as 1:18 into play, freshman Jason Almedia Da Cruz (Yonkers, NYEscola Secundaria Olavo Moniz (Cape Verde) gobbled up a ball at midfield, and found freshman Tuane Tapper (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS). Tapper fired a shot from the left alley to the right corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead.

However, from there, Ulster (7-5-2) not only carried play for most of the game, but they made a strong case to end the Vikings’ championship run. The Senators not only owned time of possession and scoring opportunities, but they controlled the tempo, and completely silenced the Westchester attack for much of the game. The Sentators grabbed the equalizer when a loose ball scramble found the ball on the foot of sophomore Rylie Lake, who fired a shot to the back of the net at 23:35 to tie the score. From there, Ulster had countless scoring opportunities against three Viking goalkeepers. The shot from every angle. Enjoyed almost every break. In addition, the Senators all but put the game away as the second half wound down.

However, the one thing Ulster was unable to do was take the lead. With 8:30 to play, the opportunistic Vikings were ready for their shot. Off an Ulster foul, a set play saw freshman Kelvin Espino (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry HS) tap the ball to freshman Leo Olos Moura (Port Chester, NY/Port Chester HS) just inside of the midfield line. Olos Moura delivered a picture perfect ball right to the foot of freshman Tyrone Malango (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS), who made a brilliant hustle play to break free behind the Ulster defense, and Malango placed an incredible shot to the lower back corner for a 2-1 lead.

37 seconds later, as Ulster tried to strike back quickly, a Viking counter-strike saw Almedia Da Cruz and Tapper race towards the Ulster goal on a two-on-one, Da Cruz fed Tapper beautifully, and Tapper found the net for his second of the game, and a 3-1 Westchester lead.

The Vikings were not finished there. With just under three minutes to play, Tapper rifled a low shot near the top of the box that hit several players and found its way into the net for his third of the game, and the 4-1 final.

Three Viking goalies combined for the win as Allen Hoti (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS) stopped four out of five shots during the first half. Sophomore Saul Ypanaque (Ossining, NY/Ossining HS) made two saves over 31:59, and sophomore Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil) Colegio Marista Pio XII) entered the game at just the right time, stopping his lone shot over 13:01 to earn the win.

Westchester also enjoyed a strong defensive effort from Olos Moura, who entered the game shortly after Ulster tied the game due to an injury, and played tremendously, making several big defensive stops, and earning the primary assist on the championship-winning goal.

Westchester Community College took the final eight shots of the game to earn a 21-20 edge in shots, and Ulster took nine corner kicks, compared to Westchester’s four, but neither team converted a corner kick opportunity.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 19 When it is playoff soccer, and it is an evenly played game, if the game is going to end in regulation, it is usually a ‘bang-bang’ kind of play that will determine who advances and who goes home. The final minutes of Saturday’s NJCAA Region XV Quarterfinal match-up between Westchester Community College and Monroe College -. Unfortunately, for the Westchester CC Men’s Soccer team, it was the visiting Express to make the winning play. In the 83rd minute, Monroe’s Jean Woobens Zamy fired a crossing pass to the middle of the box, and Emerson Guevara one-timed a kick into the back of the Viking net for a 1-0 lead that became a 1-0 final at Westchester CC’s Barrett Field, sending Monroe to the Region XV Semifinals for the first time, ever.

With the loss, an outstanding season ends for Westchester CC as the Vikings finish with a 10-4 record.

It was a game controlled by both team’s midfields from the start as scoring chances were limited during a contest that saw 22 combined shots. During the first half of play, Westchester’s Tyrone Malango (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) and Jason Almedia Da Cruz (Yonkers, NY Escola Secundaria Olavo Moniz (Cape Verde) both had golden scoring opportunities, but both were denied. The Express had one open scoring opportunity late during the opening 45 minutes, but a diving stop by sophomore Guilherme Griza (Novo Hamburgo-RS (Brazil) Colegio Marista Pio XII) kept the score at 0-0 into halftime.

The second half saw much of the same as after both teams saw chances early, the defenses tightened up. That is, until the Express scored the winning goal with just under seven minutes remaining. Westchester had one final scoring opportunity as freshman Tuane Tapper (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) fired a rocket from the left side across the cage that missed the far post by mere inches with just under three minutes remaining. From there, Monroe was able to exhaust the clock, and advance to face the winner of the Nassau CC-Kingsborough CC Quarterfinal later Saturday afternoon.

Westchester out-shot the Express 12-10, and took seven corner kicks, compared to Monroe’s four.

The loss marks the end of the 2019 season, and the final game for the career of 10 Viking sophomores, most of which will seek opportunities to compete at four-year schools next season.

VOLLEYBALL (RECORD 5-14, REGION 5-12 CONFERENCE 3-7)

TUESDAY OCT. 15 (Valhalla, NY) – Sophomore Gabriela Faria (Yonkers, NY/Saunders HS) led all players with 12 kills, and hit a season-best .400, and freshman Stefania Rinaldi (White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) added five kills, nine assists, four service aces, and five digs. The Westchester Community College Women’s Volleyball team lost its third consecutive match, 3-0 to Rockland Community College on Tuesday night at Viking Gymnasium. With the loss, the Vikings are now 5-13 overall, 5-12 in NJCAA Region XV play, and 3-6 in Mid-Hudson Conference play.

Competing on their home floor for the final time this season, the Vikings battled through all three sets against the Mid-Hudson Conference powerhouse, but late rallies in each set allowed Rockland (11-7, 10-6, 8-1) to claim the win. Rockland won the match 25-20, 25-18, and 25-22 after hitting .175 and combining for 16 service aces.

The difference in the match was the service game as Rockland combined for 16 service aces and 8 errors, while Westchester had 10 service aces, but 14 errors during an otherwise statistically close match.

Faria was dominant in the middle, breaking 10 kills for the third time this season. Also for the Vikings, sophomore Melody Pabon (Bronx, NY/Celia Cruz) had seven kills and eight digs, while Tia Sue (Sleepy Hollow, NY/Sleepy Hollow HS) added five digs.

THURSDAY OCT. 17 The Vikings traveled to Ulster Community College for their final Mid-Hudson Conference match and final regular season match. The Vikings lost to the senators 25-22, 20-25, 17-25, and 22-25. As a result, Westchester finished in a tie for 4th place, the Mid-Hudson Conference, with Dutchess. Using the tie breaker formula, Westchester ended up qualifying for the Mid-Hudson Conference Championship Tournament as the #4 seed.

TAPPER NAMED MID-HUDSON CONFERENCE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
(Valhalla, NY) – 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 for the second time this season after an incredible effort to lead Westchester CC to their fifth straight Mid-Hudson Conference Championship, a 4-1 win over Ulster Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

CROSS COUNTRY

Wed. Oct 16 Franci Kocaj finished seventh in the Mid-Hudson Conference Championship race with a time of 39:22.00. Kocaj was named to the All-Conference team

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