Still on the schneid, but fighting on
0-12 so far this season, but Lady Tigers show plenty of heart
By Andy Gross
If heart, pride, attitude and hustle were goals in net rather than intangibles, the David A. Stein Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy’s (RKA) girls varsity soccer team would never loose.
Instead, RKA came away with a moral victory after a hard-fought 2-1 defeat on Oct. 11, against the Stuyvesant High School Mimbas.
RKA is now 0-12, but coach Julienne Krause was heartened by what she saw at Van Cortlandt Park. “I’m really proud of how they kept pace and played well,” she said. “It’s frustrating to get so close and not win, but this is a very positive step in the right direction.”
Stuyvesant improved to 5-6-2 and kept its playoff hopes alive.
The RKA girls have faced a number of challenges this year including injuries, inexperience and playing their second full season in the faster, more competitive PSAL Bronx/Manhattan A 1 League after dominating the Bronx Division A-league.
The Lady Tigers compete in the same division as Bronx High School of Science and the Beacon School, which are a combined 22-1.
RKA sophomore Samantha Rosette put her team up 1-0 at the 26-minute mark on a goal set up by sophomore goalkeeper Delilah Delgado.
Rosette also played solid defense, making several crucial stops.
“It was our best game all season. It was a team effort,” Rosette said. “We gave our hearts.”
Stuyvesant tied the game at the 38-minute mark when Alexis Kushner beat Delgado to the net.
Delgado, in her first full season as goalkeeper, made several outstanding saves while RKA defenders Amy Miranti, a junior and freshman Georgia Jurcic frustrated Stuyvesant strikers’. Junior Daneli Lara and senior Lindsey Crowe also played well Friday.
Stuyvesant broke through and took a 2-1 lead at the 58-minute mark on a goal by Sarah Joseph.
Still, the Lady Tigers had opportunities to win the match.
Stuyvesant goalie Sophia Gershon stopped a line-drive shot by Rosette on a breakaway. Another Rosette opportunity to challenge the opposition goaltender sailed high over net.