Rhinebeck, Red Hook duel for MHAL ti­tle

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

The lo­cal Red Hook-Rhinebeck girls soc­cer ri­valry takes on a new di­men­sion Thurs­day when the teams meet for the first time ever with the Mid-Hud­son Ath­letic League cham­pi­onship on the line.

Red Hook, be­hind Is­abelle LaBar­bera’s five goals, de­feated Wal­lkill, 5-1, in Mon­day’s semi­fi­nals, while Rhinebeck stopped two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Spack­enkill 1-0 to ad­vance.

It will be (13-1) Rhinebeck’s first time in the MHAL fi­nal and the first in four years for (15-0) Red Hook. The teams meet 5 p.m. Thurs­day at Roo­sevelt. Red Hook 5, Wal­lkill 1

Wal­lkill had the early lead, but it was all LaBar­bera af­ter that. She had a hat trick in the first half, She tied it off a Claire Dyal and put the un­beaten Raiders ahead for good on a break­away. She con­verted a penalty kick with five min­utes left in the half. Alexa Franceschi as­sisted on LaBar­bera’s two sec­ond-half goals.

LaBar­bera, who set the school’s sin­gle-sea­son record with her 35th goal last week, now has 41 on the year.

Me­gan Jankowiak had four saves for Red Hook. Rhinebeck 1, Spack­enkill 0

Stephanie Cassens’ unas­sisted goal 26:15 into the match put Rhinebeck ahead and the Hawk de­fense did the rest as the team avenged its only loss of the sea­son by knock­ing off Spack­enkill.

Dani Ami­don stopped eight shots and the mid­field of Caro­line Voorhis and Alex Dunn helped to keep the Spar­tans at bay. Marl­boro 9, Ron­d­out 0

At Marl­boro, Han­nah Sul­li­van and Vic­to­ria Fino each had a hat trick, Kali Schindler had a goal and two as­sists, Emily Mott and Eliz Fino also scored to lead the (9-6) Dukes in a MHAL match. Joyce Ry­der, Lili Pa­puli and Meagan O’Brien had two as­sists apiece and Bryn Er­colani had one in the match.

“The de­fense of Eliz Fino, Baylee Gar­ri­son, Carolyn Lud­wig­son and Nina Tam­burri did a fine job of keep­ing the ball locked into the at­tack­ing half of the field,” Marl­boro coach Keith Walker

said. “The mid­field of Pa­puli, Schindler and Ry­der con­trolled the game, pro­vid­ing numer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for Sul­li­van and Vic­to­ria Fino. Mott and Alyssa Stoe­bling didn’t have to make a save to share the shutout. Erin Clune and Bella LaFion­dra com­bined for a dozen saves for (2-11) Ron­d­out Val­ley. On­te­ora 3, Mill­brook 0

At Boiceville, Halle King scored twice and as­sisted on Devon An­der­son’s tally as On­te­ora took charge in the sec­ond half to de­feat Mill­brook in a MHAL match. New Paltz 2, Hal­dane 1

At New Paltz, Cerissa DiValentino as­sisted on Lia Kucera’s goal and she later scored the game-win­ner as the (12-3) Huguenots took a non-league match from Hal­dane. Alzy Cin­quanto scored off a Missy Lisikatos pass for Hal­dane’s goal.

Fiona Wien­stein led the New Paltz de­fense.

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