YONKERS. N.Y. – Saunders High School football and girls soccer teams posted the most successful sports season in recent school history, with each making the postseason playoffs.
The Blue Devils girls soccer team, under coach Carlo Mitrione, rolled to a 15-2 season before bowing out of the Section 1 Class A playoff semifinals. The team was Mitrione's best in 17 years of coaching
"I can honestly say that the 2012 girls soccer team was the best team that I ever coached," Mitrione said. "I knew after the first scrimmage that we were going to be a great team. We had a good blend of younger and older players. I also believe that the sectional playoff victory against Nanuet was the school's greatest accomplishment on the soccer field."
Amanda Smith led the Blue Devils with 23 goals, Pamela Sanchez had 22 goals and Zhane Jacinto was the key playmaker, recording 18 assists. The Devils defense was consistent throughout the season in front of goaltender Sarahi Morillo has allowed just eight goals.
The Saunders football team went 6-3 and made the Section 1 Class A playoffs for the first time in school history. Led by second-year head coach Mel Carozza, the Blue Devils boasted lead running back Francisco Wilson-King and quarterback Kristian Prenga.
While the Saunders' teams were building winning seasons, an new all-sports turf field was being installed on the campus on Palmer Road. The new field will be used my several Yonkers teams and serve the city's sports programs beginning this spring.