SOMERS, N.Y.— An experienced Mahopac team wasted no time making a season-opening statement behind a career-high four goals from senior captain Kim Brower in a 5-0 victory over Yorktown in the first round of the Somers tournament on Friday, Sept. 2.
Brower, who also added an assist in the win, started her scoring spree less than five minutes into the game on a feed from fellow senior captain Briana Corace.
“She’s real excited about this season and has been preparing since the end of last season,” Mahopac coach Dona DiMaggio said of Brower. “She played on a couple of club teams, learned a lot of new skills and got a better feel for the game. Her attitude is just so positive and I think that really shows on the field.”
Just 47 seconds later Brower scored again on a breakaway with the assist from Kim Schiera, another senior captain.
Brower found her twin sister Julia to stretch Mahopac’s lead to 3-0 with 15:15 left in the first half.
“In the first half we had a lot of good passing and communication skills,” Kim said. “We were cheering each other on a lot to do better.”
Corace, who finished with two assists, and Erin Girven assisted Kim’s second half goals.
Mahopac dominated possession and peppered the Huskers with shots, recording 22 total while taking 10 corners.
DiMaggio said that senior captain Dominique Milian stood out on the defensive end.
“When you play defense, a lot of times you’re behind the scenes,” DiMaggio said. “You don’t get the recognition, you don’t get all the name dropping and everything. I had her floating, she was swinging across the field. She was playing center, she was playing left and she was playing tight. Without her back there, it definitely would make a big difference.”
The veteran coach said that the team carried over a strong performance from a scrimmage the day prior to the game.
“I think the girls this year have a lot of good intensity and focus,” DiMaggio said. “A lot is on their shoulders. I have a smaller squad and they’re working hard.”
Mahopac will face tournament host Somers in the championship game of the tournament at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Indians will then square off with the Rye Garnets in their home opener at 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 12.
“Their expectations are very high,” DiMaggio said of the team’s season goals. “My expectations, I’m taking it one day at a time. We have four new players this year and everybody else is returning, so the experience is there. If they continue to focus and work hard we’re going to do real well.”
The Indians have 12 seniors on their roster who are all very familiar with each other.
“We’re very strong with teamwork because we’ve been playing together for so long,” Kim Brower said. “I’m really excited to see that grow.”