MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School field hockey team celebrated its seniors last weekend at home during a brief ceremony prior to their game, and then went out and dominated Ossining, 5- 0.
On Saturday, Oct. 16, Ava Jennings and Gabby Gonzalez each had two goals For the Indians, and senior captain Krista Dietz added one.
Katie Iarussi and Stephanie Miller split time in goal, but were not tested since the Indians defense didn’t allow a shot on goal. Meanwhile, the Indians pelted Pride keeper Shannon Stokes with 22 shots on goal, with Stokes saving 17. The Indians had 13 corners and allowed only two.
“I was pleased with the way we played,” said Mahopac coach Dona DiMaggio. “We had worked on spreading the field and releasing quickly, and that really helped us with penetration on our attack.”
Mahopac controlled key areas of the field, and never let the Pride get anything going offensively.
“Gabby, Krista, and Ava all played big,” the coach said. “Carly at midfield was a key component in our support play, keeping the ball up. And Tatiana Moran didn’t score, but when she was there setting people up and getting the ball into the circle for everybody.
“Holding them to no shots on goal was also very unique,” DiMaggio added. “I’m excited we were able to do that. And Ossining has some talent, so that was very impressive. I was definitely pleased, that was a total team effort.”
Two days earlier in Bedford, the Indians dropped a 3-1 decision to Fox Lane in their season opener.
Gonzalez scored Mahopac’s only goal at 6:50 of the second quarter.
Iarussi and Miller each had three saves in goal in the loss.
“I think we had some jitters, and I couldn’t play all of the kids (including some key players) because they didn’t have enough practices,” DiMaggio said. “We played well in the first quarter, we dominated. But then we fizzled, and Fox Lane picked it up. I was impressed with Krista, she had some great opportunities.”
The coach said she’s seen positive signs in the team’s first two games.
“So far, I think if we can stay healthy and committed I think will be all right,” DiMaggio said. “I love what I saw Saturday, and we had a really great practice on Monday, which is good because we have some tough games coming up.”
The Indians were scheduled to host John Jay (East Fishkill) on Thursday (Oct. 22) at 4:30 p.m., and the team visits Carmel Saturday at 11 a.m.