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Fall '99 Game Descriptions

10/3/99

Playing their first game after losing their stand-out goalie, Dana Weissman to a foot injury, Black Cats came back to force a 4-4 tie against the White Plains Sabres. In true Black Cat spirit Dana was on the sideline cheering on her replacements, Joanna Yagerman and Vicki Gaunt. They filled in admirably holding a team which had dominated them in the past. Lianne Bassin got the scoring started with an assist from long-time teammate Benna Wise-Levine. Angelica Angiulli sustained a hard foul in the goalie box on a break-away which resulted in a yellow card for the White Plains player. Antonia House blasted the ball into the net on the ensuing penalty kick. Angelica also contributed with assists to Jenna Krumminga and a made-to-order birthday present for Kate Grossheim who converted for the equalizer with just a few minutes left.

But this was a team effort with all the Black Cats continuing to improve their level of play. Alice Wilson showed dazzling speed in running down the opposition and Lila Neugebauer was tenacious as stopper-sweeper and stopped several break-aways. Lauren Blum patrolled the wing with authority. Alison Smith and Erica Garrecht-Williams wrought havoc to the opposition's defense, forcing penalties and turn-overs. Suzanne Schwartz contributed with superb defense and a strong foot which frequently put the ball in front of the White Plains goal.

10/17/99

Black Cats beat the resilient White Plains Sabres 3-1 on Saturday 10/16. The scoring started by Jenna Krumminga (2) connecting on a throw-in by Suzanne Schwartz. Coach Ray Selvadrai gave in to Katherine Chirgwin's requests to play forward and she rewarded him by finishing a beautiful ball set up by Alison Smith. Angelica Anguilli finished up the half with an unassisted goal bringing the ball from midfield threading the ball into the upper corner of the net. Joanna Yagerman played an intelligent keeper in the first half and dazzled opposition with her foot work in the second half. The second half was battle of goalies with Jenna Krumminga saving the win for the Black Cats.

On Sunday, the Black Cats fell to the unrelenting and division-leading Invasion 5-0 at the Concord Road Elementary School. Joanna Yagerman displayed great courage in the face of the strong Rivertowns attack. Lila Neugebauer as the stopper sweeper parried ball after with her back to the goal. Black Cats came roaring back playing most of the second half in front of Rivertowns goal. Lauren Blum was intimidating force in goal, grabbing a glancing ball off a penalty which hit the crossbar. Jenna Krumminga, Angelica Anguilli, and Wise-Levine made strong runs only to be turned back by a tightened Rivertowns defense.

10/24/99

Black Cats lost 2-1 to the New Rochelle Huguenots at Albert Leonard Middle School this Sunday. Angelica Angiulli (2) scored the first goal of the game on a fine breakaway started by a turnover created by Joanna Yagerman. A brisk wind kept the ball in front of the Black Cat net keeping the substitute goalie Alison Smith busy. She handled all shots but two, the last resulting from an indirect free kick just outside the box which hit the crossbar and glanced in.

The second half was a defensive battle with Alice Wilson in goal. Suzanne Schwartz played a very physical game thwarting and denying the New Rochelle team. Jenna Krumminga and Kate Grossheim were well marked up front forcing the ball outside and away from the New Rochelle goal. Black Cats will have a chance to make up for this loss next month when they will meet at Kantor field on Ward's Island.

10/31/99
Halloween was not a day for Black Cats after all, as they lost to Larchmont Leopards 3 to 1 at Mamaroneck High School. Injuries continue to haunt the team and unexplained absences from usually reliable players created an atmosphere of unease. Playing with just 11 Black Cats, the suspense mounted through the half with neither team scoring. Alice Wilson moved like a ghost across the backfield, appearing at just the right moment to stop the Larchmont attack.
After Larchmont scored 2 quick goals in the second half, goalie Joanna Yagerman did a quick huddle with Alice Wilson, and Alice reappeared as the goalie while Joanna popped up in midfield. Coaches and parents looked on in shocked disbelief. Joanna (2) responded by conjuring a ball downfield which Vickie Gaunt was able to convert into a goal. Antonia House was demonized by blisters but played on courageously knowing there were no substitutions.
Black Cat play continues to improve and everyone is looking forward to a full, healthy squad to chase these bad spirits away.

11/14/99
Manhattan Black Cats and New Rochelle Huguenots played a scoreless game today at Kantor. Dana Weissman, coming off a foot injury, showed no rust at all in goal. She controlled the ball with her usual sure hands, instinct, intelligence and quickness. With dad wincing at the sideline, she tested her foot with every chance by slamming the ball downfield. With return of Dana and Nora Moncrieff brought the Black Cat roster to 17, keeping coach Ray Selvadurai busy with substitutions. He kept the front line strong and rested and they kept the ball in front of the Huguenot goal. Joanna Yagerman made a booming kick which the Huguenot goalie just barely stopped. In the second half Kate Grossheim was going downfield on a breakaway when a defender come from behind and tripped her resulting in a yellow card for the New Rochelle player.

Although disappointed and frustrated in not being able to score, the Black Cats were happy to be together as a whole team for the first time this season.

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