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Journal News Top 10 Rankings

Posted by Tim Hourahan at Sep 22, 2022 3:38AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

We’ll be ranking the best teams from Section 1 and the Lower Hudson Valley each week until the playoffs begin. Expect lots of movement due to parity. The rankings are largely based on past results, with the most recent wins having a greater impact. Potential also has to be considered along with known health issues.

A number of teams have already made statements in the first three weeks of the season.

Scarsdale defeated North Rockland 6-0 in boys soccer action at Scarsdale High School Sept. 8, 2022.
Top 10

1. Scarsdale (6-0)

The Raiders lead Section 1 in quality wins, shutting out the likes of Rye, North Rockland, Arlington and Mamaroneck. It’s good news for a team that came in without a lot of back-line experience.

2. Yorktown (7-0)

Gone are the headliners who made spectacular plays in marquee games. The Huskers bought into a more collective approach from Day 1 and are once again expected to go deep into the season.

3. Ossining (6-1-1)

The Pride have undoubtedly had conversations about finishing. Ossining managed one goal in a loss to Port Chester and played Irvington to a scoreless draw.

4. Arlington (6-1)

An early win against Dutchess rival John Jay-East Fishkill added exponential mometum. Arlington has only given up two goals, both in relatively comfortable wins.

5. John Jay-East Fishkill (5-2)

There is game-changing talent across the field, so it’s not easy to slow these guys down. North Rockland and Arlington did shut out the Patriots, though, which has to be concerning.

6. Tappan Zee (5-0)

While the Dutchmen have been pouring it on in the opening weeks, it may take a few more noteworthy wins to convert the non-believers. A 2-0 victory over Somers was a good start.

7. Rye (4-2)

The Garnets played some quality minutes against Scarsdale and Yorktown before losing touch. With a little more experience, this team could be a Class A finalist.

8. New Rochelle (5-3)

Inexperience will be an issue for a few more weeks, but the Huguenots rebounded from a pair of losses to John Jay-East Fishkill and one loss to Ossining with three straight wins.

9. Lakeland (4-1-1)

There’s plenty of veteran leadership in the lineup this season and that made all the difference in back-to-back wins over Peekskill and Eastchester. Both games were 1-0 margins.

10. Eastchester (5-1)

The Eagles got off to another quick start despite heavy graduation losses, then fell 1-0 to Lakeland. Another test, against Tappan Zee, awaits.

On the bubble: Briarcliff (5-0-1), Bronxville (4-1-1), Edgemont (4-0-1), Irvington (3-0-3), Ketcham (4-1-1), Peekskill (4-1).

Class AA: 1. Scarsdale; 2. Ossining; 3. Arlington; 4. John Jay-East Fishkill; 5. New Rochelle; 6. Ketcham; 7. Carmel; 8. White Plains.

Class A: 1. Yorktown; 2. Tappan Zee, 3. Rye; 4. Lakeland; 5. Eastchester; 6. Somers; 7. Greeley; 8. Peekskill.

Class B: 1. Briarcliff; 2. Bronxville; 3. Irvington; 4. Edgemont; 5. Pleasantville; 6. Rye Neck; 7. Dobbs Ferry; 8. Hastings.

Class C: 1. Haldane; 2. Hamilton; 3. Leffell; 4. Tuckahoe

New York State Rankings - Week #2

Posted by Tim Hourahan at Sep 19, 2022 7:01AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Lakeland (4-1-1) Ranked #20 in Class A in all of New York State

New York State Week #1 Rankings

Posted by Tim Hourahan at Sep 18, 2022 5:16AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Lakeland Soccer Ranked #19 in NYS class A Soccer


The Elite 11

Michael Rodriguez
School: Lakeland
Year: Senior
Position: Midfielder

What makes Rodriguez elite: He’s a resourceful attacker who has to be closely marked any time a match is on the line. Rodriguez delivered 15 goals and seven assists last season and was named all-section. He netted four game-winners, two in overtime, and scored three times in the last 11 minutes to lead a wild comeback over Peekskill.

Rhaymani Alexander
School: White Plains
Year: Senior
Position: Forward

What makes Rhaymani elite: He’s a dynamic frontman making up for lost time after losing most of last season to a broken collarbone. Alexander is not content to sit and wait for the ball. He’s a master of changing speeds to create space and is quick to find an open teammate in a crowd.

Lucas Buono
School: Yorktown
Year: Senior
Position: Midfielder

What makes Lucas elite: He’s the heart-and-soul leader of a team that has very high expectations. Buono is constantly in motion. He plays the angles like an engineer, closes on the ball in a hurry and rolls up on 50-50 balls with serious attitude.

Leo Khang
School: Scarsdale
Year: Sophomore
Position: Forward

What makes Leo elite: He’s rarely high or wide with shots inside or outside the box so defenders have to close out with purpose. Khang had a big freshman season with six goals and three assists. He stands 6-foot-1 and has the ability to control the ball in tight spaces, which makes the underclassman a difficult matchup 1-on-1.

Jack Kryger
School: Tappan Zee
Year: Junior
Position: Forward

What makes Jack elite: He’s a nose-for-the-ball player who is likely to score more goals this season than any of his Section 1 peers. Kryger was named all-county and all-section after collecting 19 goals and seven assists last season. He is likely to get even more chances this year with a more experienced group on the field.

Marcus Nahim
School: Iona Prep
Year: Senior
Position: Forward

What makes Marcus elite: He’s a high-velocity striker who’s been in the starting lineup each of the last three seasons. Nahim was named all-CHSAA last year after getting 10 goals and seven assists. He is a sprinter of national repute, as well, and was the first athlete from Iona Prep to compete in the Millrose Games.

Alexander Prevost
School: Mamaroneck
Year: Junior
Position: Defense

What makes Alexander elite: He’s built to be a stopper with size and mobility. Prevost was moved into the starting lineup a year ago and filled a need at centerback, playing a big role in five regular-season and five postseason shutouts. He will be asked to provide leadership for an inexperienced team this year.

Will Redman
School: Bronxville
Year: Senior
Position: Midfield

What makes Will elite: He’s a highly accomplished, extremely technical player who last season was named all-section and all-state. Redman is constantly in attack mode and capable of single-handedly establishing the pace of a game. He stands 6-feet and can win the ball in any number of ways.

Daniel Santos
School: New Rochelle
Year: Senior
Position: Midfielder

What makes Daniel elite: He’s a plug-and-play center midfielder who maintains a wide-angle view of the field. Santos is the Huguenots’ distributor and can be downright elusive in tight spaces. He can slip a pass into a tight window and has uncanny touch when crossing to a teammate.

Anthony Tucci
School: Somers
Year: Senior
Position: Goalie

What makes Tucci elite: He’s a fire-and-ice competitor who often gives up his body to make a stop, regardless of the consequences. Tucci is the most experienced starter returning from last year’s NYSPHSAA championship team, which posted a dozen shutouts. He will be asked to keep a new back line calm this season.

Jonas van Beurden
School: Rye
Year: Senior
Position: Defense

What makes Jonas elite: He’s just plain stubborn. Rye lost momentum last season when van Beurden went down with an injury. He is a fearless back who loves going head-to-head with the best scorers in the section and can turn a game around with a single tackle.

2022 Varsity Soccer Schedule

Posted by Tim Hourahan at Aug 12, 2022 7:26PM PDT ( 0 Comments )


*League Opponents (play teams 2x home & away)*
– Hen Hud
– Peekskill
– Walter Panas

Non League Opponents
– Somers (defending Section 1 Class A Champs)
– Yorktown
– Byram Hill
– Eastchester
– Pelham
– Westlake (defending Section 1 Class B Champs)
– Brewster
– Yonkers

Westchester v Rockland Challenge (5 games @ Lakeland HS)
– Pearl River

Section 1 v Section 9 Event ( 5 games @ Goshen HS)
– Cornwall