This week was the final week of the fall season for our athletes here at NYMA! Soccer traveled to Darrow for the playoff quarterfinals and lost by the score of 5-2. It was a great game that was played in some tough conditions due to the temperature and heavy rain. NYMA goals were scored by cadets Simon Chen and Bob Wang. The Knights finished the season 4-12-1 which was a huge improvement from last year. There is a solid young core of cadets that we hope to build around for years to come!
Soccer was in action on Wednesday as they hosted Oakwood Friends in a game that would help determine playoff seeding. Highlights from NYMA came from Cadet Simon Chen who scored two goals. Remy Sykes and Henri Racine also had solid games for the Knights. The game resulted in a 2-2 tie and ended up being an advantage for NYMA moving into the HVAL playoffs. They were able to secure the #5 seed and will travel to take on #4 Darrow on Monday at 2:00 pm. The winner will advance to play top-seeded Storm King next Wednesday in the conference semi-finals.
On Wednesday, October 25th, NYMA traveled to Poughkeepsie Day School for an intense match. Everyone played well on both sides and the two goalies had numerous great saves. P.D.S. won 9-0. The NYMA Player of the Game was Cadet Qin for his outstanding efforts on both offense and defense.
Monday, October 23rd, NYMA faced off against Storm King School. The Knights held them off very well and kept the score 1-0 through the entire first half. However, things started to fall apart on defense throughout the second half. Unfortunately, towards the end of the competition both teams got heated and had a small altercation. That aside, both teams finished strong and played with passion. The end score was 6-0 Storm King with highlights coming from Nigel Petti-Fernandez, Remy Sykes, and Jamal Pauletta.
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On the Saturday of Homecoming Weekend (10/21/17), the Knights took on Marvelwood School. Both teams played very hard and did not give up. The end score was 6-0 with many shots on goal for each side. The NYMA Player of the Game was Nigel Petti-Fernandez. Fellow cadets Remy Sykes and Kris Wu also had good games.
On Wednesday, October 18th, the Knights boarded the bus for a long two-hour bus ride to play the Watkinson School. NYMA played with great energy and determination as they provided some of the best defense of the year. The NYMA player of the game was again Brandon Fooks with outstanding contributions from Nigel Petti-Fernandez and Remy Sykes. The cadets took a hard loss with the end score being 6-0. The next game will be played this Saturday (Homecoming) against Marvelwood.
On Saturday, the Knights took the short bus ride up 9W to take on the top team in the league, Storm King School. It was an intense game and both teams played with passion and good sportsmanship. NYMA had some amazing shots on goal, but unfortunately the score ended up being 7-0 Storm King. The player of the game for NYMA was Brandon Fooks. Cadet Fooks did an outstanding job as goalkeeper and had a countless number of amazing saves.
On Saturday, October 7th, NYMA took a trip to Marvelwood after the SAT exam. Even though the score ended up being 6-1 Marvelwood, both teams played their hearts out. Cadet Remy Sykes, Alvin Lukose, Brandon Fooks, and Nigel Petti-Fernandez all played great and stood out for NYMA. Petti-Fernandez scored the one goal for the Knights. Both teams demonstrated good sportsmanship and fair play. We would like to thank Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Jonathan Gastel, for accompanying the team on their trip! The Knights were supposed to play this Wednesday against Woodhall Academy, but they had to cancel the match. We will try and reschedule this game if the schedule permits.
On Wednesday, October 5th, the NYMA soccer team traveled to Saugerties for a game against Woodstock Day School. It was a great game with the Knights earning the victory by a score of 2-1. Both teams played with discipline on defense and patience on offense. All players were extremely respectful of one another, showing great sportsmanship. NYMA was led by Leo Baitao who scored both goals. Additional highlights came from Nigel Petti-Fernandez, Remy Sykes, and Henri Racine. This weekend the Knights are back in action traveling to Marvelwood for a HVAL game. Their record is now 2-3 in league play and 3-3 overall.
On 9/27 the NYMA soccer team took a trip to the other side of the river for a HVAL game vs. Oakwood Friends Academy. The Knights came home with the win as the final score was 1-0. A huge reason for the cadet’s success was attributed to their overall cooperation and teamwork. NYMA's defense was also outstanding as they defended against a number of good shots. The player of the game was once again Cadet Remy Sykes, but Sykes’ teammates provided some highlights with great plays coming from Nigel Petti-Fernandez, Brandon Fooks, and Simon Chen. Cadet Chen scored the only goal of the game which proved to be just what the Knights needed to bring home the victory. We are all so proud of the cadets for trying their hardest and playing with respect! The members of the soccer team and Athletic Department would like to thank Ms. Christina Canary from the Admissions Department for volunteering to chaperone. The Knights are now 2-2 in the HVAL and 2-3 overall. They will load the bus once more for another road game this Saturday as they travel to Kent, Connecticut to take on Marvelwood.
On 9/25 NYMA played host to Harvey School on what would be one of the hottest days of the year. The Knights played a very well-disciplined game and did an outstanding job at every position. Although Harvey proved to be the more experienced team, our cadets kept their cool and did their best. They did a much better job focusing as a team and their communication has improved tremendously! The final score was 3-0 Harvey. The game ended early due to an unfortunate arm injury sustained by a Harvey player. Cadet Remy Sykes continued his stellar play and was selected as the NYMA Player of the Game by both coaches once again. At the end of the game, NYMA was 1-2 in league play and 1-3 overall.
On 9/23 the NYMA soccer team hit the road for the first time this season as they traveled to Darrow. Although missing some players, the cadets held their own and tried their best. Weather conditions were harsh on both teams with the intense heat. The final score was 6-0 Darrow. The Knights had many chances to score, but could not pull through in the end. Everyone put forth full effort and maintained their composure. This was our second loss to a very tough Darrow team. The NYMA Player of the Game was Cadet Remy Sykes.
On 9/22 NYMA played host to another league foe as Faith Christian Academy made the trip to Cornwall. The two teams conducted themselves well and had good sportsmanship. NYMA cadets who can be credited with outstanding effort in the game include Remy Sykes, Nigel Petti-Fernandez, Brandon Fooks, Baitao Li, and Simon Chen. The score ended up being 2-1 with NYMA getting their first win of the season! The Knights are now 1-1 overall and 1-1 in Hudson Valley Athletic League play. Cadet Chen and Cadet Sykes scored with Cadet Pinto-Ricardo getting an assist. Sophomore Remy Sykes backed up his solid performance in the first game by being selected as the Player of the Game in this contest! Our next game is Saturday, 9/23, at the Darrow School.
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The NYMA Soccer Team opened up the 2017 season on 9/16 as they took on the Darrow School. NYMA looked sharp on defense early on, but Darrow was able to get a couple of early goals and take a 3-0 halftime lead. The stellar goalkeeping of Senior Captain Brandon Fooks kept the Knights alive. Sophomore Remy Sykes had a great game on the defensive side of the ball and sophomore Simon Chen gave it everything he had on both ends of the field. Other bright spots for the team were the play of eighth-grader Nathan Kratman, freshman Gianna Whritenour, and junior Chris Wu. The Knights would end up losing the game 5-0 to a very talented and well coached Darrow team. It was the first game of the year and there were many positive things to take away and work on for the next few days in practice.
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