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FALLSBURG’S TONY RUIZ-DIAZ, right, and a Seward player both get a foot on the ball in a match.

The Soccer Season in Review

By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY — November 20, 2001 – Here's the first round of soccer post-season wrapups:


Overall Record: 9-7-1

League Record: 4-4 OCIAA Division V

Top Goal Scorers: Junior Devin Weyant led the Yellowjackets with 28 goals on the season. Senior Dan Desseauve tallied the second-most number of goals with 14.

Other Stats: Weyant and Desseauve were also the top two players in terms of assists. Weyant registered 14 assists this season and Dessauve had 12.

Season Highlight: “We had a lot of good games, but the highlight was coming back to beat Chester,” Yellowjacket coach Roger Weyant said. “We were down 1-0 at halftime and ended up winning the game 5-1.
He added that the win was special because Eldred was defeated by Chester in the first regular season meeting between the squads.

Season Lowlight: “Losing to Florida (S.S. Seward) at home, 4 to 1,” Roger Weyant said. “We lost to them twice this season. They’re a tough team to compete with.”

Other: Weyant noted that the four losses his team suffered in Division V play were “all tough games.”
However, he added the Yellowjackets, a Class D team, defeated six of the seven Class C teams they faced during the 2001 season. The only C school to beat Eldred was Fallsburg, which ended the season as the Section IX Class C runner-up.
Weyant also praised senior defensive middle stopper Alois Renggli.
“The other teams didn’t want to go near him (with the ball),” Weyant said. “The way he played his position was excellent.”
The coach noted that Renggli is planning to play college soccer next fall.

Family School

Overall Record: 18-1

League Record: 10-0; OCIAA Division V Champions

Top Goal Scorers: Senior Bryan Epstein led the Falcons with 29 goals. Sophomore Valerio Pizoferatto had 23.

Other Stats: Epstein and Pizoferatto were also 1-2 in terms of assists on the season stat sheet. Epstein had 16 assists and Pizoferatto notched 11.
Junior goalie Steve Sullivan made 119 saves while playing in 16 games this season. Senior Francisco Bello recorded 16 saves in three games in front of the goal.

Season Highlight: “Beating S.S. Seward at their field,” Falcon coach Bill Musgrove said. “We won 5-3 in a division game. That victory put us in the division lead and we held it for the rest of the season.”

Season Lowlight: “Our only loss, which was to (S.S.) Seward in the Section IX Championship game,” Musgrove said. “They had a 2-0 lead at half and were up 3-0 before we scored two goals. But we were short on time and couldn’t get the tying goal.”

Other: “All in all it was a great season, with a little disappointing ending,” Musgrove said. “I’m proud of the team. It was a great season – how can it not be when you were 18-1.”


Overall Record: 14-3-1

League Record: 7-0-1; OCIAA Division IV Champions

Top Goal Scorers: Senior Christian Heuezo led the Comets with 15 goals. Sophomore Bakary Ceesay tallied 14 goals and senior Stuart Juarez added 11.

Other Stats: Huezo led the team with 11 assists on the season. Tony Ruiz-Diaz recorded nine assists, while Juarez had eight.
Junior Lionel White played every match in goal for the Comets during the 2001 season. He averaged 8.7 saves and 1.4 goals against per match. He also recorded four shutouts on the season.

Season Highlight: “The highlight was the (Section IX) Class C Final against Spackenkill,” Comet coach Paul Marsden said. “We took them into a second OT and they scored the winning goal with two minutes left.”

Season Lowlight: “Injuries complicated matters for us,” Marsden said. “Brooks Whitaker missed all of the sectional matches and Corey Huber was injured earlier in the season. They’re both seniors and good players. And that’s not the way they wanted to finish off their careers.”

Other: Marsden noted that he was pleased with the way the Comets “played together as a team.”
And he noted that as the two squads were shaking hands following the sectional championship match, a Spackenkill player told him that it was the cleanest game he had played in all year.
“That was nice to hear,” Marsden said. “We played hard and we played clean. We had a super season, I’m proud of our players.”

Livingston Manor

Overall Record: 2-13-1

League Record: 1-7 OCIAA Division V

Top Goal Scorers: Sophomore Jon Hinkley led the team with six goals on the season. Junior Jason Kean and sophomore Evan Bowers each netted three goals.

Other Stats: Senior Jared Bivins led the Wildcats with five assists.
Carlos Pineda, a senior, was the goaltender in 11 of the Wildcats’ 16 games this past season. He made over 100 saves in those contests.

Season Highlight: “Our win against Chester,” Manor coach Pete Feinberg said. “We beat them 2-1 at Chester. It was our first division win in two-and-a-half seasons.”

Season Lowlight: Feinberg declined to select a lowlight of the season.

Other: “Getting those two wins was nice,” said Feinberg, whose team has not recorded too many over the past couple of seasons. “Winning is nice and it was a good feeling for the kids when they were finally able to beat Chester.”

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