PURCHASE – After defeating Fairchester League powerhouse Greenwich Academy twice this season, Rye Country Day knew it could beat anyone.
Despite trailing at the half and playing without key senior midfielder Zoe Verni, the Wildcats came back and defeated Hackley 12-9 in the NYSAIS championship game at Manhattanville on Wednesday to retain the title for a second-straight year and to cap the season with a perfect 18-0 record.
“You have goals for the season, and to succeed in all of them is just unbelievable; I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Rye Country Day senior captain Julia Massaro said. “It’s just amazing that we were able to end our senior season together winning NYSAIS.”
With the teams tied at nine, Rye Country Day’s Emily Moran scored with 7:32 left to put the Wildcats up for good. Massaro and Taylor Regan added insurance goals, and Rye Country Day was able to dominate possession in the final minutes.
“It’s special because its a perfect season for us,” Rye Country Day coach Georgette Summers said of the win. “For these seniors, we have eight of them, who have been amazing for four years. It’s been an amazing journey.”
Hackley, which lost the NYSAIS title game last year to Rye Country Day in overtime, was led by Sammy Mueller‘s four goals, while Kat Cucullo scored twice.
“Everybody’s wanted this one more than anything, and to lose it again this year was rough,” Mueller, a junior who scored over 100 goals this season, said. “We have very young talent and we’re expecting a lot from them next year.”
For Rye Country Day, Massaro, Regan and Emily Duarte all had three-goal games.
(Photo by Adrian Szkolar/The Journal News)