It was nearly a pitch perfect girls’ soccer season in the Bronx as the borough’s teams were amongst the best in their leagues.
Bronx Science won its first PSAL Class A title since 2012, but it was a very different road to the crown. The Wolverines lost three regular season games, including twice to Beacon. They pulled it all together in time to best their rivals 3-1 in the final. Riverdale/Kingsbridge fell a win shy of a perfect season, falling in the PSAL ‘B’ championship match.
Horace Man won the Ivy League title and appeared to be the team to beat before injuries took their toll late in the year. Cardinal Spellman and Preston, both had strong seasons in new leagues the CHSAA.
The great year made for plenty of great players. Here are the best of the best in the Bronx.
All-Bronx Player of the Year: Samantha Rosette, Riverdale/Kingsbridge
Players of Rosette’s caliber are rare in New York City. The senior forward is an All-American who is headed to Virginia, the nation’s top-ranked program last season. In her final year in the five boroughs she carried Riverdale/Kingsbridge to the PSAL Class B final by scoring 53 goals and dishing out eight assists.
All-Bronx Coach of the Year: Annie Eckstein,
Eckstein continually had to retool and tinker with this Bronx Science team. It struggled at times in the regular season, losing three games. She got things right in the postseason. The Wolverines gutted their way past Francis Lewis in the semifinals and outplayed rival Beacon in the title game for the school’s first PSAL ‘A’ crown since 2012.
F Jacinta Addo-Badu,
The speedy striker remained the top scoring threat for the Pilots, who moved up to the CHSAA’s top division. The junior used her ball skills and accurate shot to score a team-leading 11 goals and dished out three assists.
Horace Mann was one of the city top defensive teams – posting six shutouts in its first nine games. Bussey, a senior sweeper, was the unit’s unquestioned leader. Her speed, smarts and leadership, helped pull everything together.
Codner was a versatile piece for Horace Mann, which claimed the Ivy League title. The senior was one of the team’s top defensive players at the stopper position. She also had the ability to move up and get into the offensive mix and be a threat to score.
Greenfield returned after missing all last year with a torn ACL and was a difference maker. The senior midfielder scored eight of her 19 goals in the postseason and dished out 11 assists on the year. She scored the tying and winning goal to beat Francis Lewis in the semifinals.
Preston lost a ton of scoring with the gradation was a talented senior class. Henry helped pick up the slack to lead the Panthers to a strong season in the CHSAA’s Class A division. She posted 10 goals and five assists.
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The senior midfielder was the key cog to the Wolverines’ offense both as a scorer and a facilitator. Kahn scored seven goals and tallied 10 assists. Her most important helper came in the title game against Beacon that saw Bronx Science dominate the battle at midfield.
Kolondny has come a long way during her there years in net for Bronx Science. The junior went from timid freshman to a vocal and confidence leader between the pipes. She allowed nine goals in 16 games and her aggressive play helped keep Beacon at Bay in the final.
The senior was a versatile piece, splitting time on defense and at midfield for the Falcons. Her leadership, soccer savvv and vocal presence was critical to guiding a young Riverdale that improved leaps and bounds as the season went on.
The junior forward upped her game and led the Governors to a bounce back season. Rodriguez scored 33 goals and dished out 11 assists to help Dewitt Clinton place second in the Bronx B division.
The senior was a talented striker all season for Bronx Science, scoring three goals and dishing out six assists. Her most important contribution came playing defense for the first time since she was eight, helping to hold Beacon to just one goal in the final.
F Natalie Aracena,
M Rebecca D’Aloia,
GK Deliah Delgado.
M Molly Fallek, Riverdale
M Sophia Fikka,
F Romina Jara, Christopher
F Darlene Ovalles, Truman
F Meleni Rahaman,
M Lauren Schnepf, Preston
M Sydney Watson,
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