The Riverdale boys varsity soccer team won the New York State Association of Independent Schools' soccer championship on Nov. 2 with a 2-0 victory over Horace Mann.
The team achieved a 15-4 record for the season, with two of the losses occurring against Horace Mann. In their last meeting during Riverdale's homecoming, the Riverdale team lost in overtime.
"Horace Mann is a classy opponent who always gives us a good game," said Riverdale Athletic Director John Pizzi. "The boys were focused on winning the NYSAIS title, their goal from day one of pre-season."
Pizzi said the Riverdale team has made huge strides since the 2010-11 season, when it finished 3-15. He credited Coach Andrew Fitzgerald with developing the players' athleticism and confidence. "He is a great coach of kids," Pizzi said. "He understands the stresses placed on them, and he gives them the support they need to be successful in their personal lives, academic lives, and on the soccer field."
Pizzi added that Fitzgerald emphasizes conditioning in his practices, and the team had few injuries this season.
In an interview with MSG Varsity, senior co-captain Jeremy Barovick praised Fitzgerald for raising the soccer abilities of the team during the last four years. "Every year we picked it up and Fitz has done a great job of transforming this team," he said.
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The boys team last won the NYSAIS championship in 2006.