MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School girls soccer team got out-played for most of the first half of Monday night’s game against visiting Arlington, but when it was over, the Indians still had a competitive first half and were within striking distance, trailing, 2-1.
But two second-half goals from the Admirals made it a 4-1 victory for Arlington, which controlled play for the majority of the game. It was the second time this season the Admirals have topped Mahopac by the same score.
Arlington’s Megan Stowell found herself with some space in front of the goal, and gave Arlington the lead 7:35 into the first half.
On Mahopac‘s first good opportunity in the Admirals end, Indians sniper Mia Klammer took control of the ball on the sideline, dribbled out towards the middle, and unleashed a shot that beat the keeper on the far side of the net to tie the game.
Kate Murphy put the Admirals ahead for good with 17:23 left in the half. Arlington scored midway through the second half, and again with four minutes remaining in the game.
Indians keeper Madeline McCrossen made 17 stops.
Mahopac coach Casey Carroll said her team is playing without some key starters, which makes keeping up with a team like the Admirals a challenge.
“We have some girls who are coming back from injuries, and we have a lot of nagging injuries that girls are playing with,” Carroll said. “So right now, we’re asking our second string to play a team like Arlington. We need to get everyone back on the field, and on the same page. The girls who are playing now, some of them haven’t played together.
“I do think we have the talent to get better, and to peak and make a run at the playoffs,” Carroll added.
Carroll added that her team hurt itself with mistakes that can be fixed.
“Three of Arlington’s goals came off of our own mistakes,” she said. “So, if we can fix things like that it will make a big difference. We should have some girls back shortly, and there are a lot of fixable things that we have to work on, and get it done before the end of the season, which is coming quickly.
Carroll said that despite the team allowing four goals, her back line—Maddie DeCola, Amanda Beberman, Alyssa Chiulli, and Marissa McCarney—turned in an impressive performance.
“Our back line played really well today,” the coach said. “It’s hard to play defense for 80 minutes without breaking down, and tonight the goals we gave up were on us. So, I was happy to see the way they played.”
Last Thursday in Dutchess County, Mahopac picked up a stress-free, 5-0, victory over Roy C. Ketcham.
Junior Aunchalee O’Brien led the Indians with a hat-trick, including her first career varsity goal. Mia Klammer also scored, and Piper Klammer had a goal and an assist. Sophia Doupis had one assist, and McCrossen had six saves in net.
Two days earlier at Mahopac, the Indians settled for a 3-3 tie in double overtime.
Mia Klammer had a goal and two assists, Piper Klammer had two goals, and Hailey Pereira had an assist.
The Indians were scheduled to visit Carmel on Monday (Nov. 2) at 4:15 p.m.