Recap of the Rye Boy’s Soccer Season


The Rye Boy's Soccer team with players, coaches, managers, and ball kids

Olivia Dabinett

    After a tough loss to Pearl River, the Rye Boy’s soccer season came to an unfortunate end. Rye managed to get on the board first with a well composed goal from junior Kevin Abbondanza; however, Pearl River responded under a minute later off a lofted free kick. The two teams went on to exchange chances throughout the second half, but neither team managed to find the back of the net. After two scoreless fifteen minute overtime periods, the teams remained knotted at 1-1 and were forced to go to penalty kicks. After a total of eight pks, Pearl River came out on top with a score of 3 to 1. This was definitely not the result Rye had hoped for; however, the team left it all on the field that day, which is all anyone can ask.

     Regardless of the score of the semifinal, Rye had an outstanding season.  Led by coach Jared Small, and captains Charlie Madigan and Jack Tartaglia, the Garnets finished the season with a record of 13-6-1. Jake Creus and Kevin Abbondanza produced the most goals on the offensive front, recording a total of 12 goals each and adding to the teams 53 goals scored stat for the season. As for the defensive end of the field, goalkeeper Kai Haesslein had a total of 60 saves on the season and, with the help of a fantastic defensive line, allowed only 20 goals against for the Garnets. These contributions on the offensive and defensive ends led the Garnets to a second place standing in their league, just trailing Byram Hills, whom the Garnets took to double overtime during league play.

Edit of the Rye Boy’s Soccer team

      Going into playoffs, the Garnets were seeded ninth. They began their playoff run with an out-of-bracket game against 24th seeded Gorton. Prior to the match, Lohud reporter Mike Dougherty predicted the game to be tough for the team; however, the Garnets showed no mercy and handed Gorton a 7-0 loss. The boys went on to dominate in their next two games, Lakeland and Sleepy Hollow, winning 6-1 and 5-1, respectively. Although their playoff run came to an end in the semifinals, the Garnets finished the season with a fantastic record, trailing only the 2007 and 2008 teams for most wins in the past 35 seasons. Also, their 3 playoff wins and 1 draw was the best postseason outcome since ‘83, a stat that the boy’s soccer team should be very proud of.

   Coach Jared Small’s return clearly had a positive impact on the Rye boy’s soccer team, raising the intensity of the boys’ play and adding a sense of professionalism to the team with matching practice jerseys and well-imposed discipline. Evidently, his exceptional and experienced coaching led the boys to one of their best seasons in a while and, although Small took quite the roster with a total of 27 boys, each one contributed to the depth and success of the team. All in all, it was a fantastic season for the boy’s team and, with quite the array of returning juniors and underclassmen, one can hope to see more solid runs in the coming years as well.