Lady Trojans soccer concludes season with heartbreaking loss and hope for future
November 15, 2023 at 11:20 p.m.
Blind Brook’s 2023 girls’ varsity soccer team. Top row, from left: Alexandra Beatty, Kayleigh Curran, Sena Tarnoff, Veronica Pallotta, Kendall Konigsberg, Natalie Carey, Alexandra Rubin, Isabella Montesano, Anna Vnenchak, Skylar Sommers. Bottom row, from left: Daniela Dluzhevskiy, Jordan Sternschein, Eliza Barnett, Ava Shaw, Marissa Savner, Jillian Shohet, Sofia Padilla, Lola Gonzalez. Not pictured: Jessie Kron and Alexandra Maniscalco.
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As the sun sets on yet another season of Blind Brook girls’ soccer, the team has much to look fondly back on, but even more to look forward to. After a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Bronxville in the second round of the playoffs, the team finished with a record of six wins, five losses, and two ties, notably holding their own against the league's toughest teams in Briarcliff and Pleasantville. Ranked fifth out of the 13 teams in the league, the Lady Trojans cemented themselves as a team to be feared.
Ultimately, it was the Trojans’ defensive prowess that carried them in their most notable games. Averaging only 1.3 goals scored against them throughout the season, the Trojan backline only allowed a maximum of three goals in any game, only letting up that amount in two instances. The defense was led by senior Veronica Pallotta, a skilled member of the backline with sectional recognition.
“The season was overall very memorable, and I think that the team definitely overcame a lot,” Pallotta reminisced. “There were some challenges along the way, but it just made the team stronger and I think that showed on the field. I'm definitely going to miss it next year, but I know the team next year will be great.”
The end of the season is bittersweet for the seniors, leaving behind a team full of good friends, memories, and moments while getting ready to move on to the greater parts of their lives. “I’m so proud of every girl on the team and what we were all able to accomplish this year,” said senior Alexandra Beatty. “I could not have asked for a better team during my senior year. We made it to where we did this year all because of the effort each girl put in. Although we did not get the outcome we wanted, I know that every single player on the team left it all out on the field. I believe that great things can come from this program, but it all starts with great leadership and a positive team environment which is what I hope the girls will have for next year.”
Next year, the team will be carried on by its already-strong core of younger players in Anna Vnenchak and sophomore captain Kayleigh Curran. While many aspects of the future remain unknown, one thing is for certain: BBGVS is not going anywhere but up.