Yorktown Girls Varsity Soccer: The Last Game


Ariana Camaj

Yorktown Girls Varsity Soccer plays against Somers.

As I stood on the turf and glanced at the big “Y” in the center of the field for the last time, I realized the idea of never playing soccer again for Yorktown hadn’t really kicked in before then.  Now, as I reminisce on the season, it’s a bittersweet feeling.  Unfortunately, the semi-finals didn’t work in our favor that day, although, I have to say, Yorktown Girls Varsity Soccer is big on manifestation.  In all seriousness, it was a tough loss and everyone’s emotions were running high.  I do believe we should have gotten a second chance at that game because it’s never easy knowing a penalty shootout is what took us out of the competition.  I think we all could agree that we truly bled green that day and throughout the whole season.  Not only physically, with our braided green hair and glitter, but emotionally as well.  Everyone was always focused, determined, and ready for “W day.”  We had a fantastic season.  I am beyond grateful I still had the opportunity to play my last year of soccer with everything going on regarding COVID-19.  When we arrived at the field each day, everyone forgot about the things going on in their lives and just played the game of soccer.  Everyone worked together and supported one another, even if they were off the field.  We had an unbeatable defense, a quick and skilled midfield, and an efficient offense.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.””

— Winnie the Pooh

I think I speak for all of the seniors when I say this year was the best yet.  Not only did the team mesh well, but the chemistry on the field was incredible.  Cate Ward played an extremely special role in our defense and midfield, and always found Chayce Buono in the middle, who carried the team with her strength and talent.  Our speedy and tenacious wings, Sophia Spallone (Lefty Spallone) and Abby Passarella (Abster9_), were always successful with their great corners and touches.  Sammy Paglino, our aggressive and determined sweeper, did a beautiful job clearing and distributing the ball.  Lastly, Alicia Menduni had amazing penalty kicks and was great with her first touch.  Everyone on the team played a huge role in our success this season and it’s really hard to say goodbye to the people who have made such a big impact on my life.  I would also like to give a shoutout to Alyssa Lassen, who was a trooper this season and came to practice everyday with a smile on her face despite her injury.  With that being said, I would like to thank our coaches, Army and Zoran, for all their dedication this season.  It wasn’t easy with everything going on, especially for Zoran, who was new this year.  They both worked extremely hard to get us where we are today and for that, I am thankful.  The love of the game is in my heart and will be carried with me wherever I go.  All of the memories made over the past years won’t be forgotten . . . best of luck to the girls next year.  Love you all.  #8 out.