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Youth soccer: Lightning win division title

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The Lewisboro Lightning girls under-11 soccer team won its division in the Westchester Youth Soccer League with an impressive, undefeated season. The team, shown here with Ryan Meara, starting goalkeeper for the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team, features, from the left, front row: Jackie Thompson, Camilla Tucci, Charlotte Wilmoth and Sarah Pieratti; and back row: Mimi Ellin, Adeline Angelino, Avery Boniface, Sasha Medile, Caroline Ettlinger, Taylor Hoffman, Kayleigh Kenny and Kelly Nolan.

The Lewisboro Lightning under-11 girls soccer team finished the season on a high note by winning its division in the Westchester Youth Soccer League. The team finished the season by going 7-0-2, a remarkable feat.

Even more impressive was the Lightning’s ability to outscore its opponents by a combined 23-4 during the season. Defense was a strength throughout the season.

The last weekend of the season was action-packed.

On Nov. 18, the Lightning played a make up game with the Gotham Girls, for the division lead. The game was a nail-biter and ended up in a 1-1 tie. Kayleigh Kenny scored late to tie up the game. Kelly Nolan and Sarah Pieratti played great in goal.

In the afternoon, the Lightning pulled it all together and blew out the Scarsdale Rangers, 5-0. The Gotham Girls lost to a tough Harrison team in its afternoon game, meaning the Lightning wrapped up the division title.

In the Scarsdale game, Caroline Ettlinger and Taylor Hoffman played tremendous in goal to preserve the shutout. Adeline Angelino and Mimi Ellin scored two goals a piece. Caroline Ettlinger scored late in the game on a perfectly-placed penalty kick.

The offense was humming all game with beautiful passing and crosses. The team’s fitness paid off as the Scarsdale team was visibly tired at the mid point of the second half. Avery Boniface, Sasha Medile, Jackie Thompson, Camilla Tucci and Charlotte Wilmoth also had great games.

The Lightning also took second placed in the Somers Fall Classic on Nov. 17. The team let up the fewest goals in the tournament.

One more goal would have won the tournament. The Lightning had several chances late in the last game but couldn’t break the tie as time ran out.

Including tournaments, the Lightning went 11-1-5 this fall, including a first-place finish in the Bethel (Conn.) Tournament and the second-place finish at the Somers Tournament.

The team is coached by Rich Hickson from NOGA and co-managed by Drew Hoffman and Carrie Nolan.

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