Un­de­feated Rhinebeck shuts out El­lenville, 3-0

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

Rhinebeck High im­proved to 10-0 with a 3-0 shutout of El­lenville in a soggy Mid-Hud­son Ath­letic League girls soc­cer match Fri­day. All three of the Hawks’ goals came in the first half.

Pa­trick Reed took over his match and the rest of the Amer­i­cans fol­lowed suit. Now they need to win only five of 12 sin­gles matches to win the Ry­der Cup.

The Amer­i­cans won three of the four af­ter­noon matches for 9 ½ to 6 ½ lead Satur­day.

Reed holed out a wedge from the fair­way for ea­gle on the par-5 sixth hole to take a lead that he and Jor­dan Spi­eth never re­lin­quished against Hen­rik Sten­son and Justin Rose.

Phil Mick­el­son de­liv­ered the key putts for an­other point, and Lee West­wood gave the Amer­i­cans help they didn’t need by miss­ing a 2-foot putt on the fi­nal hole.

Not even the un­de­feated part­ner­ship of Rory McIl­roy and Thomas Pi­eters could dig Europe out of a hole.

The next chal­lenge for the Amer­i­cans is his­tory. They led 10-6 at Me­d­i­nah four years ago only for Europe to rally for an­other vic­tory.

Europe will have to come back from a big deficit in Sun­day’s sin­gles to hold on to the Ry­der Cup once again. Spi­eth and Reid fin­ished off the last match of the day on the 17th green to cap a good af­ter­noon for the U.S. team and give the Amer­i­cans a 9 ½-6 ½ lead go­ing into the fi­nal sin­gles matches. The U.S. team won three of the af­ter­noon four ball matches.

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