Hudson Valley Sports Report


Raiders Advance To Sectional Playoff Semifinal


By Scott Long
Special to HVSR

RED HOOK – In its final regular-season home game of the year, Red Hook High School girls soccer did what it has did what it has done all year.


The Raiders wrapped up the regular season unbeaten, beating New Paltz on Tuesday, 2-0, in a Mid-Hudson Athletic League game.

Red Hook is now 8-0 and will host Wallkill on Sunday in a Section 9, Class A playoff semifinal. Goshen and Minisink Valley are believed to be facing off in the other semifinal.

Both the Raiders and the Huguenots played a strong defensive game.

“New Paltz did a very nice job of staying compact defensively and making it difficult for us to find a rhythm offensively,” said Red Hook coach Jason Pavlich.

Despite a tightly contested game throughout, Red Hook was able to break through and score with eight minutes left in the first half when Grace Hennig tallied on a one-touch finish off an assist from Ani Safaryan.

Hennig struck again later scoring a header off an assist from Tessa Husted for her second goal of the game.

While both teams were able to play a strong defensive game, goaltending played a huge role in New Paltz keeping the game close, as Red Hook dominated in the shot department,

outshooting the Hugies 18-1. Vivian Kay started in net for New Paltz, and stepped up making 12 saves. As for Red Hook, Morgan Tompkins started the game and played the first half while facing no shots, before Makenzie Grant stepped in and played the second half and made one save. The Red Hook defense was able to prevent many shots from getting through and the goaltending tandem combined for a shutout.

“Overall, I was very pleased with how we played today, and we should only have to make minor adjustments here or there going into the postseason,” said Pavlich.

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