MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School boys soccer team came up with a 4-0 victory over Arlington B last Saturday at home, but the Indians have struggled in their other three games to open the 2020 season.
Mahopac debuted at John Jay (East Fishkill) last Tuesday (Oct. 14) and came away with a 4-2 setback, and the team was shut out, 2-0, last Thursday (Oct. 16) against Arlington. On Monday afternoon, the Indians were beaten, 4-0, at Roy C. Ketcham, closing the week at 1-3.
Monday at RCK, Mahopac came out lethargic, according to coach Chris Mulholland, and paid the price. “We came out really slow and sloppy,” Mulholland said. “They wanted it more, we gave up two goals in the first 10 minutes.
“In the second half we played really well,” the coach added. “We then took a red card with about 20 minutes left, but I was very proud of the way the boys played hard, down a man. Even though we lost, I was really proud of the way they stepped up and fought.”
Indians keeper TJ Walsh had five saves in the loss.
On Saturday the Indians beat Arlington B, 4-0, at Mahopac High School.
Mario Bunjaj had a goal and two assists to lead the Indians, Nick Biagini, Sean Vaughan, and Dimas Agustin-Mendez each had one goal. Nick D’Antona had six saves in goal for Mahopac.
“The boys did a great job playing to our strengths, and taking advantage of their weaknesses,” Mulholland said. “We had control throughout the game. Paul Booth played a nice game for us on defense, Marco Chousa also played well at midfield, and Joey Colatruglio did a nice job leading out of the back.”
The prior Thursday at Mahopac, the Indians were shut out, by Arlington, but Mulholland said his team played well.
“The score does not reflect how well we played in that game,” Mulholland said. “Seven minutes in they scored off a corner, other than that it was pretty even. We had an opportunity to tie on a PK, but they saved it. It was a lot closer than a 2-0 game. To play them so evenly was really good to see. Liam Kounios played really well for us on defense, and Luke Kelleher is one of our hardest workers on the field.”
The prior Tuesday at John Jay, Bunjaj had a goal and an assist, and Biagini also scored in the loss. But for the Indians, it was a hard pill to swallow, since Mahopac held the lead with just 10 minutes to play.
“That was a tough one to lose, because we were up 2-1 so late,” the coach said. “They got three goals in the final 10 minutes… All on set pieces. We can’t keep giving up goals on set pieces. That was tough, but the guys realized we have to prevent that in the future.”
The Indians were scheduled to host John Jay (East Fishkill) on Friday at 7 p.m., and visit Arlington on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.