This bumpy ride of a season for the Riverhead High School girls soccer team continued on Tuesday.
After edging the Copiague Eagles, 2-1, on Friday, the Blue Waves fell to the Comsewogue Warriors, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon. Comsewogue scored three quick first-half goals and, as Riverhead Coach Tim Page quietly said on the bus ride home, “they pummeled us.”
Crysta Denis tallied two of the first-half goals while Kendall Frank had a goal and an assist. Comsewogue, using the give-and-go to exploit Riverhead , poured in four more goals in the second half. The Blue Waves (3-6 overall, 2-6 in Suffolk County League IV) inadvertently deflected two goals into their own net.
“Comsewogue has a good team,” Page said. “They caught us flatfooted. We tried to keep up, but we have to learn how to mark better. Once we got down, we got even flatter.”
Riverhead goalkeeper Carolyn Carrera made 14 saves or the final score would have been even more lopsided. The Blue Waves did not put a lot of pressure on Comsewogue goalie Kim Comstock (two saves). Riverhead ‘s Ashley Drozd had a couple of good shots on goal, but could not capitalize.
While the loss to Comsewogue (4-5-2, 4-3) was frustrating, the win over Copiague was uplifting.
Riverhead scored all the goals it needed in the first half, as Megan Weiss and Alex McKillop both found the net. Weiss scored at the 25-minute mark off a set play. She drilled the ball into the upper right corner of the net. Five minutes later, McKillop, off a pass from Drozd, blasted a shot from 20 yards out into the upper right corner of the net.
Copiague (1-8, 0-7) cut the Riverhead lead to 2-1 late in the half on a goal by Alyssa Tsistinis off a corner kick.
Both teams turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, but failed to score. Carrera made 11 saves. She came out aggressively on corner kicks to thwart a couple of Copiague scoring opportunities.
“Both teams had equal ability,” Page said. “We both went back and forth, but we held on for the win.”
After losing 13 seniors to graduation, Page said the Blue Waves are about where he thought they would be at this point in the season.
“We’re a young team,” he said. “We’re still moving people around. We’re trying to learn and hopefully find our groove.”