MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Mahopac High School’s girls soccer team closed out its regular season playing with a patchwork lineup in a 4-1 overtime loss last Saturday at John Jay of East Fishkill.
The Indians played without several of their regulars, some who were recovering from injuries, and some due to COVID quarantines.
“I was happy with our play during the first half,” Indians coach Casey Carroll said. “The second half they hung on, but with all of the injuries - and the girls we were missing due to mandated quarantine - I knew going into overtime was going to be tough. So I’m happy with the fight the girls gave.”
Sophomore Piper Klammer scored Mahopac’s lone goal, finishing a pass from senior captain Hailey Pereira.
Along with the usual nagging injuries, the Indians—like most Section 1 teams this fall—have had to deal with COVID-related delays and quarantines, some which will carry over into this week’s playoff tournament.
“We’re currently missing girls due to a mandated 14-day quarantine by the DOH because they were exposed to someone while attending classes,” Carroll said. That includes senior starters, so that’s definitely affecting our team at the moment, and going into our regional game.
“We brought up more girls from the JV team to help us out, and they played well on Saturday,” Carroll added. “I’m excited to see what they can do for us during the regional playoff run.”
The Indians are missing five senior starters, and seven players from their original roster, going into Tuesday’s first round of the playoffs.
“My heart goes out to those girls unable to play with us,” Carroll said. “ They followed all protocols since day one, and this decision is complete out of their control. I believe we’ll make a good run during the regional playoff tournament with the players still able to step out on the field. But we’ll have to remember to not take anything for granted, and to fight for everything.”
The No. 4 seed Indians were scheduled to open the playoffs Tuesday, hosting No. 5 Greeley at 4:30 p.m. The winner advanced to Thursday’s semifinals, with finals following Saturday.