Women soccer beat reporter Adrian Szkolar previews the category AA, A &lifier B finals and provides his forecasts.
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The schedule (Saturday, 10/31)
Class B: No. 2 Albertus Magnus versus. No. 1 Irvington, 10 a.m.
Class A: No. 2 Gem River versus. No. 1 Somers, noon
Class AA: No. 3 North Rockland versus. No. 1 John Jay-East Fishkill, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Arlington Senior High School
Class AA final: John Jay-East Fishkill versus. North Rockland
Key Gamers: North Rockland — Amber Alfonzo, Taylor Aylmer, Kelly Brady, Arianna Marino, Daniella Devaney, Ashley Morales, Nicole Solicito. John Jay-East Fishkill — Erin Theiller, Melissa McHugh, Shea Olszewski, Claire Thoma, Rachel Martin, Brianna Durland.
Outlook: Both of these teams met within the semifinals this past year, with North Rockland winning in penalty kicks after drawing with East-Fishkill 2-2 in regulation. One large difference for that Red-colored Raiders they'll be without several key gamers, including forward Naya Rivera and defender Brianna Williams, who're both by helping cover their torn ACLs.
Fortunately for North Rockland, recent Joint venture call-up Kelly Brady (only an eighth-grader) has immediately become a harmful option in advance she already has three goals as well as an help in three playoff games to date. Additionally to her, along with the play of newcomer goalkeeper Nicole Solicito, that has done a good job instead of the hurt Jenna Braunagel, the important thing gamers would be the senior duo of forward Amber Alfonzo and midfielder Taylor Aylmer. They've been in a number of large-game situations within their senior high school careers, plus they will have to be as sharp as always with this game.
John Jay-East Fishkill was a little of the surprise is the top-seed, but they've got more than resided to the billing. They're coming from a 3-1 conquer Clarkstown South, and also have a number of options in advance, including Melissa McHugh, Shea Olszewski and Khiara Youthful. However, perhaps the very best player is midfielder Erin Theiller. Defensively, the backline is extremely strong and Brianna Durland is solid in internet.
This can be a 50-50 game, but my stomach informs me to choose they which has demonstrated more in large games like these.
Conjecture: North Rockland 3, John Jay-East Fishkill 2
Quotable: "We all know (John Jay-East Fishkill) is an extremely strong team, they are very-trained and therefore are well-diciplined. There exists a large amount of respect on their behalf, so we realize that to be able to win, it will likely be a fight. Whenever you lose gamers plus they were major gamers, it's difficult physically and psychologically. Our other kids needed to get accustomed to having fun with new gamers, we needed to change several things around and everybody has responded very well.Inch - North Rockland mind coach Vinny Apicella.