CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – When Rye and Horace Greeley faced off in their first match-up back in mid-April, the game was a bit of a lopsided affair. The Garnets won by 12 goals, but Rye head coach Dennis Hurlie was well aware that the rematch would be a much different game.
“I said right after the first game, ‘When we go to their place, we’re going to get a much better effort and a much tighter game,’” Hurlie said. “We expected it; they’ve been getting better. Their goalie makes some big saves and keeps them in the game. I fully expected a better game.”
Hurlie’s expectations were correct, but in the end, the final result was the same.
Rye (7-2-1) squeezed out a tough 11-9 win over Horace Greeley in Friday afternoon’s rematch at Horace Greeley thanks to a solid, relentless Garnets effort. Rye never trailed and led by three goals three separate times in the game, but the Quakers refused to quit and battled to the very end.
“I think we were still working really well together even though the game was close,” said Rye junior Scarlett Sulliman. “We were flowing well and we had shots, we just needed to finish. The chances were there, we just need to get it in the net.”
Sulliman led the way for Rye, scoring a game-high four goals and notching an assist, while senior Emma Brinkman added three goals of her own. The two were crucial pieces for the Garnets early in the game as the tandem had a hand in Rye’s first seven goals of the contest.
“We definitely just wanted to win,” Brinkman said. “It was close and it I was a little anxious, but my nerves usually help me a little bit. It was a nice win and we just need to continue to keep getting better from now on.”
Rye goalkeeper Maddie Kinker played tough in goal, notching nine saves, while Annie Van Wagenen had a goal and two assists. Tori Virtue had a goal and an assist and Momo Yoshida and Charlotte Tucci rounded out the Garnets’ scoring with a goal apiece.
“In this game, it was just those one or two extras draws that gave us one or two extra possessions,” Hurlie said. “There were a few draws at the end that allowed us to get the ball in their end and run the clock out a little bit. We were able to get a few more then they did and I think that was the key.”
While Rye came away with the win, Horace Greeley (4-7) played great to keep it a game. There were a few key goals for the Garnets and it seemed like the game would slip out of Horace Greeley’s reach, but the Quakers refused to quit and fought back to keep Rye on their toes.
The Garnets held possession for more than two minutes late in the game, but the Quakers forced a turnover and had a chance to pull it within one goal with a minute remaining. However, a charge call would give Rye the ball back and the Garnets effectively ended the game.
“We played hard; last time they beat us 16-4 and we just wanted to stay with them,” said Horace Greeley coach Anna Marasco. “(Rye has) an unbelievable transition and they double on defense; both ways, they’re just really good. We were hoping our home field would help us and I think it did. We’ve grown as a team and have tried to play smarter; we just made a couple charges that killed the momentum for us.”
Horace Greeley goalkeeper Sydney Marks was spectacular, notching 13 saves to keep the Quakers in the game. Many of her saves were in one-on-one situations and Marks was a clear reason as to why Horace Greeley was able to keep the game close.
“Sydney was unbelievable in goal,” Marasco said after. “Her play combined with some more draws this game were a big part of (our success).”
Hannah Dunn led the way for Horace Greeley offensively, putting up two goals and an assist, while Miranda Litwack and Kelly Ginsberg each scored two goals. Maura Grant had a goal and an assist and Willa Rosenblum and Issy Berkey each added a goal of their own.