CROSS RIVER, N.Y. -- After a one-goal loss and a tie vs. Somers during the regular season, the John Jay High girls soccer team knew they could play with the two-time defending sectional champion Tuskers.
And the fifth-seeded Indians scored first in Friday's Class A semifinal at Somers. But the top-seeded Tuskers took over in the final 15 minutes of the game, scoring twice to earn a 4-2 victory and move on to their third consecutive championship game.
Georgia Mraz and Caroline Touzeau each had a goal for John Jay.
The loss closed a successful season for Jay at 10-5-1.
"It was tough," John Jay coach Dave Nuttall told Daily Voice moments after the game. "It came down to some set pieces. They're a good team.
"But it's been a good season for the girls," Nuttall added. "We met expectations - they wanted to get back to quarterfinals, and we won our quarterfinal... so this was a bonus. The team has improved, individuals have improved, and we'll build on that now."
"The season has been amazing," Indians captain Sophia Flanagan said. "We wanted to get to at least quarterfinal, and we won our quarterfinal and played Somers in the semifinal... that really shows how our team was winning. I couldn't be more proud of how we worked together as a team, and how we came together. We've had different coaches over the years, and coach Dave has really brought us together and made us such a better team, brought us to a new level of play.
" We spend every day together - even without practice," Flanagan added of the close-knit group. "We hang out all the time, team dinners, team sleepovers, you meet the girls on the team, then you leave and they're your best friends, your sisters."