AHS girls soccer honors cancer survivors at “Kick out Cancer” game

The Amsterdam High School girls soccer program honored survivors of cancer during a special halftime ceremony during the Lady Rams varsity team’s game against Northville on Wednesday night at the Lynch Literacy Academy field.

Several area cancer survivors were introduced to the crowd and presented carnations by the players, Members of the Amsterdam girls varsity, and junior varsity teams have parents and relatives who are cancer survivors. The Amsterdam teams wore their traditional pink jerseys for the occasion. Also in attendance was New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, who stayed for the game and the ceremony.

Northville won the varsity game 2-1. Hannah Coupas and Brytney Moore scored in the second half for Northville. Emma Patrei gave Amsterdam a 1-0 lead with a goal in the first half on an assist by Lucia Liverio, but the Lady Rams couldn’t find the back of the net in the second half despite several chances.

“We had a really tough time finishing tonight,” Amsterdam coach Jessica Byerwalters said. “That was our downfall.”

Amsterdam goalkeeper Jareymarie Aponte made 14 saves after facing 16 Northville shots on goal. Her counterpart Emily Shepard made 12 saves against 13 Amsterdam shots on goal.

Amsterdam (6-5, 4-4 Foothills Council) travels to Schuylerville on Tuesday, and then Johnstown on Thursday night. Start time for the rematch with the division rival Lady Bills is scheduled for 7pm. The Lady Rams dropped a close 2-0 game to Johnstown two weeks go.

Scott Mulford

Scott Mulford has been covering local sports for over 20 years. He previously wrote for the Amsterdam Star and The Free Press of the Mohawk Valley.