Girls Soccer: For Riverhead’s Re, no number of goals is ever enough

Since Alexis Re lost two years of school football to the COVID-19 pandemic and a failing school budget, she only made her college debut with the Riverhead women’s football team last season. . Despite this, she still struck for a team record 25 goals.

What does she think of this accomplishment?

“I think I could have done better last season, but it’s always me, like I always want to improve and I always want to do better,” she said.

In other words, Re is not easily satisfied. She has an unquenchable thirst for scoring, and no number of goals is ever enough. She always wants to do better. Maybe that’s why she’s such a good player.

And make no mistake, she’s good. Really good.

Re already has nine goals and one assist to his name in six games, the latest being a 4-1 road loss to Centereach on Tuesday at Dawnwood Middle School.

It doesn’t take long to see what makes the junior striker such a force. Start with exceptional foot skills, a relentless work ethic, a powerful shot and a nose for goal.

“I’ve never seen anyone match their footwork,” said Riverhead coach Kasey Mandery, who coached for 12 years at multiple levels and is in his first college head coaching job.

She draws a lot [of attention] of other teams. The other teams put a lot of pressure on her and it’s pressure on Lexi to try, you know, to stay focused and work hard, but she always does. Every game, she goes out and plays the full 80 minutes without ever stopping, never going out. She is very reliable and a great role model for young girls.

Re is the centerpiece of a rebuilding team that had just three wins last year and had no junior varsity team to draw from (this year it has).

Re took eight of Riverhead’s 13 shots against Centereach, connecting with 24 minutes and 37 seconds left in the second half. After collecting a ball from Carlie Morgan, Re moved through the middle and unleashed a right-footed shot that goalkeeper Sarah Esposito got a piece of, but not enough to stop it splashing into the net.

Riverhead goaltender Tori Arm made one of her 11 saves. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

By then Centereach (2-1-2, 1-1 Suffolk County League II) had already scored four goals. Three of them came in the first half. Victoria Timo deftly headed in a cross from Emma Sigault on the game’s first scoring opportunity. The second goal also came in the air. Lauren Hoppe, assisted by Grace Lien, found the mark. Sadie Truocchio made it 3-0, slotting the ball in after Riverhead failed to clear the ball into their penalty area.

Dana DelValle blasted a right footed laser inside the far right post in the second half. Hoppe helped.

The score would have been more lopsided had it not been for some fine second-half saves from Riverhead’s Tori Arm. Perhaps the best of Arm’s 11 saves was his reflex save from a Timo header in which the junior keeper crushed the shot hard over the crossbar.

“She should be proud,” Mandery said of Arm. “She has grown a lot.

Riverhead’s Kenia Anariva Bonilla was injured with 22:59 left in the game. The elder was driven off the field in a cart to the team bench. She got up and walked cautiously, apparently favoring her right leg. The extent of his injury was not immediately known.

“We’re looking for small wins,” Mandery said of his team, which is 2-4, 0-2. “We are trying to become a program. We try to build a community.

Ellie Cammarota, a freshman forward who played college football last year, has five goals to her name this season. She said playing alongside Re made her a better player.

Cammarota said Re, who leads the team with Lauren Zaweski, is a “really good team player. She’s very motivating and she likes to keep the team together and working together and I just like playing with her.

Scoring a goal, Re said, “I want more.”

You’ll never have enough, will you?

Asked about his start to the season, Re said: “I feel good, but like I said, I just want to keep doing better, but not just for me, but also for the team and the program. He so it’s not just about me, it’s also about the program.”

Maybe satisfaction is just around the corner. Maybe.

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