Yorktown edges John Jay-CR in thriller
Yorktown graduated eight key players from last year's Section 1 Class B championship squad, including superstar twins Sara and Lindsay Scott.
Heading into their season-opener against visiting John Jay-CR on Wednesday, the Huskers had yet to answer the most pressing question: who would step up?
Enter Stefanie Ranagan.
The senior midfielder catapulted into the spotlight with a career-defining performance, powering Yorktown to a thrilling 17-16 victory over the Indians. Ranagan totaled a team-high five goals, including the game-winner on an 8-meter shot with six seconds left in regulation.
“It was awesome,” said Ranagan, who also notched an assist. “Eight meters are difficult for me sometimes, so getting that in really meant a lot.”
In addition to Ranagan, Yorktown (1-0) also got contributions from Bianca Raniolo (4G, 4A), Emily Concialdi (4G), Gaby Berne (2G) and Emalee Mongno (2G, 1A).
Sarah Lang scored a game-high six goals for John Jay-CR (0-2), which trailed 10-7 at the half. Teammates Lauren Murray (5G), Kelsey Davey (3G), Molly O'Reilly (1G) and Hannah Bocklet (1G) rounded out the offensive production.
The Indians came alive in the second half, outscoring the Huskers 9-7 to keep it close. Murray scored to even it up at 16-16 with 1:32 left in regulation.
“They are a very fast team,” Yorktown junior defender Heather Raniolo said, detailing John Jay-CR's second-half comeback. “Once they got the draw they were able to transition really well. We were struggling getting back with them and keeping up, but we came up with it in the end.”
Dating back to the 2007 season, Yorktown has now won nine straight games against John Jay-CR. The Indians managed to salvage an 8-8 tie in the second of the three meetings back in 2007. The two teams will square off against On April 25 at John Jay-CR.
John Jay-CR — which has dropped back-to-back games against defending champs Lakeland/Panas (A) and Yorktown (B) to open the season — will look to get in the win column against visiting Somers on March 30. The Huskers travel to Arlington for their next game on the same day.