By Isabelle Sullivan
Images by Debbie Lipman
Byram Hills Girls Varsity Soccer pushed through a tough loss against Rye, one of their biggest rivals. Two of the best soccer teams in the county were going at it, once again. Byram and Rye battled on the turf twice last season. The first time they were neck and neck, like they usually are. They came out with a tie, both teams upset that they didn’t finish with a win. The second matchup last year, Byram came out with the victory.
On Thursday, September 29, Byram faced off against Rye for their homecoming game. There was a lot of excitement for this match up. Senior co-captain for Byram Abby Klein said before the game, “We’re hoping to continue our winning streak against Rye.” Since Byram’s victory against Rye last season, Byram has been confident with their team. Byram Hills’s strong, fierce, goalkeeper and co-captain Emma Fruhling said before the game, “We need to have a good head on our shoulders today, to come out not cocky, but confident.” And that is exactly what the team did.
As soon as the starting whistle blew, Rye and Byram were head to head, fighting for a goal. It was an even match until Byram started getting into their flow at the end of the first half. Byram was dominating possession, and the ball was mostly on Byram’s attacking half. Arielle Zaccagnino, junior center midfielder for Byram, had the fans going crazy. Arielle had shot after shot at goal. Unfortunately, the ball would not hit the back of the net. Another of Byram’s center midfielders, junior Ali Brocato, had a couple of beautiful assists that nearly led to goals. Ali intercepted Rye’s pass and had a great pass to Ilyse Lipman, who just missed. Byram almost scored off of Ali’s corner kick, as well. Byram was just unlucky and had some trouble with finishing.
Still, Byram kept fighting, and the drive for both teams was evident to all spectators. Everyone watching could tell how badly both teams wanted it. In the second half, around the 60 minute mark, Sara Degraw, on Rye, dribbled past Byram’s defense with a lucky touch, and tapped it in the corner of the goal. Although Rye had a great goal, the game wasn’t over yet, and Byram kept fighting until the final whistle.
Byram played beautiful possession with many chances in front of goal, but simply couldn’t finish them. Ali Brocato said after the game, “It was a good fight but we couldn’t get that win. They were able to finish their shots and we couldn’t find the net.” As the 1-0 score shows, it was a very close game, as it always is when is comes to Byram Hills VS. Rye, in girls varsity soccer. Both teams battled it out until the end, and Byram left everything they had out on the field. Tomorrow (Monday, October 17) BHGVS plays Scarsdale. Will they come out on top?
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