MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac boys soccer had plenty of opportunities to put the Rams away Monday at Carmel, but the team is still figuring out how to finish games.
In Monday’s game, the Indians missed a penalty kick, and were unable to finish a number of good scoring opportunities in the first half. But with 20 minutes left in a 1-1 game, Mahopac delivered on a set play, with Nicholas Valentin chipping a free kick to Tommy Cammarata, who headed in a ball that slowly dribbled into the net, as a helpless Rams defense could only watch.
Carmel pressed in the final minutes, but the Indians held on for a 2-1 win – their first of the season.
Mahopac lost to Suffern, 1-0, on Sept. 5, and played two games in the Yorktown tournament, losing to Yorktown, 2-1, and tying Arlington B, 2-2 in double OT.
First-year Mahopac coach Jamie Edwards liked what he saw in the second half Monday at Carmel.
“It was a well-deserved goal,” he said of Cammarata’s winner. “We missed a lot of chances, including a penalty kick, and it was a tight game, but I think it (the win) was well-deserved.
“I think we were very disciplined at the end,” Edwards added. “We had a plan, and we stuck to it. I was very happy with the win, and the professionalism from the players. We got a very good performance from Mendim Berisha, and our keeper, Alex Velasques, made some fantastic saves.”
Nicholas Pawlizcko put Mahopac on the board with a penalty kick in the 25th minute, but Carmel came back to tie it a few minutes later.
In Mahopac’s tie vs. Arlington ‘B,’ Mario Bunjaj and Nicholas Biagini had goals for the Indians. Cammarata had the ‘Pac’s only score in the 2-1 loss to Yorktown.
Edwards said the team is doing good things that will lead to more consistent play. “In each game we have a plan, but they can also adapt,” he said. “That shows character and strength. The key for me is that we’re constantly creating scoring opportunities—that’s a very positive thing.”
Mahopac dropped to 1-3-1 with a loss to Ossining on Wednesday.