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Webutuck alumni soccer, girls varsity soccer

WEBUTUCK — On Saturday, Oct. 1, Webutuck High School hosted its annual alumni soccer game to raise money for the booster club.

Despite the damp weather and unseasonably frigid winds, 22 alumni turned out for the game.

The players divided themselves into teams based on whether they graduated in an even or odd year. The odd-year graduates outnumbered the even-years, so a few odd-years filled out the other team.Classes from 1979 to 2011 were repesented in the game.

Normally, the game is played with a certified referee, but since the ref was unavailable this year, the game was played without one.

“It can be a serious game, but they were out there having fun,” said the booster club president, Michele Adrian.

This year, local alumni business owners sponsored the game and gave each player a shirt — either green or white — that helped distinguish the teams on the field. The players were allowed to keep the shirts after the game.

The money raised through the entry fees will help fund the many activities of the booster club, including the sports awards dinners and the year-end scholarships.

Girls varsity soccer

The Webutuck girls varsity soccer team was scheduled to play against Dover on the Webutuck home field during the school’s homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 1, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, the team played a home game against John A. Coleman Catholic.

It was their second game in as many days, and the coach acknowledged that the girls were a bit tired from the previous day’s match, but the girls were able to eke out a 2-0 win in overtime.

Both goals were scored by Danielle Stoetzner, with one assist by Victoria Cullinan.

Coach Mark Moren said that goalie Leslie Robertson made “the save of the game” when she was able to stop a penalty kick from going in, which ensured that the scored stayed tied at zero. “That’s how we even got to overtime,” said Moren.

“We had a lot of good chances. We probably should have won in [regulation time], but the girls kept pounding away and working hard trying to get the goals, and eventually we did,” he said.

That game brought the girls’ record to 4-2-1 overall.

The day before, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the team faced Spackenkill on their home field.

Robertson had several great saves during the first half, keeping the score at 0-0 at halftime.

Spackenkill made the first goal during the second half off a corner kick. Webutuck’s Cullinan scored eight minutes later to tie the score at 1-1.

Then, in the last minute of the game, the coach said the girls had a “mess up.”

“A [Spackenkill] girl hit it with her head and we kinda lost it and it went in the net,” he said.

The final score was 2-1 with Spackenkill taking the win.

“We got a little disappointed at the end that we couldn’t at least get into overtime,” said Moren. “Spackenkill was kinda pushing us around a little bit. They had some pretty good scoring chances, but like I said, [Robertson] came up great.”

The coach said that the girls played great until the end of the game and fought back hard.

“It was a great match by both teams,” he said.

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