MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School boys soccer team played one of its better games last Friday night at home, but the Indians still had to settle for a 2-2, double-overtime deadlock against John Jay of East Fishkill.
Despite Jay controlling much of the early possession, senior captain Nick Biagini broke free and put the Indians on the scoreboard in the seventh minute of the first half, and the explosive Biagini gave Mahopac a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute, converting a pass from Brian Merlino.
The Patriots got one back before the half to cut into the lead, and tied the game in the second half.
Mahopac coach Chris Mulholland was pleased with his team’s effort against a strong opponent. “I’m really proud of how we played in that game,” Mulholland said. “John Jay is a really good team, and we held the lead better than we have. I think it could be a turning point from some of the tough losses we’ve had.”
Mulholland pointed to solid performances from Biagini and his keeper Nick D’Antona, who stopped nine shots on goal.
“It was great Biagini was finally able to get some goals,” the coach said. “He’s been unlucky, but really took advantage of his opportunities. And Nick [D’Antona] had a phenomenal game in goal, he really kept us in it.”
The Indians couldn’t get any offense going the prior Wednesday in a 3-0 loss to Carmel at Mahopac high school.
D’Antona stopped four shots on goal for the Indians in the loss.
“That was a tough loss, not one of our better performances,” Mulholland said. “We were pushing near halftime, and gave up a bad penalty and they scored a goal. Then they got another nice goal, and the third one came with nine minutes left in the game.
“We had a penalty kick and missed it, and we got opportunities but couldn’t finish,” Mulholland added. “We couldn’t get anything to break our way. Marco Chousa at center midfield has been playing great all season, and he gave us a good game.”
Mahopac was scheduled to visit Arlington B on Thursday (Oct. 29) at 4:30 p.m., and the Indians host RCK Saturday (Oct. 31) at 11 a.m. The Indians are at Carmel on Monday (Nov. 2) for a 6:15 p.m. game.