New Rochelle came back from a two goal deficit to defeat Suffern 4-2 at Suffern High School Thursday. Seth Harrison/Lohud

SUFFERN – As the final minute counted down of what would inevitably be a 4-2 win at Suffern Thursday afternoon, jittery members of the New Rochelle girls soccer team were waiting to erupt into celebration.

Huguenots head coach Francesco Notaristefano had other ideas.

“Relax, relax,” he instructed the girls as the horn sounded. “Like it was supposed to happen.”

It was an outcome that, by many accounts, wasn’t supposed to happen. New Rochelle lost to the Mounties last season, handily; it entered the game unranked in the Journal News/lohud preseason power rankings, while the hosts checked in as the No. 2 overall team in the section; and it trailed by two goals in the second half Thursday.

None of that seemed to matter to New Rochelle on Thursday. If anything, it fueled the Huguenots.



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