MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Last week’s season-opening matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 15, against league rival Arlington didn’t go the way the Indians were hoping it would in a 4-1 loss, but by Saturday’s home-opener Mahopac appeared to be back on its game, beating Somers, 3-2, on Senior Day.
Saturday, Oct. 18, at Mahopac High School, the Indians celebrated their eight seniors on Senior Day, and after a slow start carried a 2-1 lead into halftime.
The Indians didn’t get the ball into the Somers end until 15 minutes in, and had trouble possessing. But when they did get opportunities, they didn’t miss.
Senior captain Mia Klammer got Mahopac on the board on one of her team’s first trips near the Tusker net. And after Somers tied the game with 12:32 left in the half, Klammer quickly responded with another—13 seconds later. Junior Jenna Mayer scored what turned out to be the game-winner in the second half. Senior captain Hailey Pereira assisted on two of those goals.
“Senior Day was a great way to open up our first home game,” said Mahopac coach Casey Carroll, “and we were happy to leave with a win. That was a well-fought game with many opportunities on both sides, but at the end of the day we were able to pull out the win. Our team is still adjusting to new players stepping in, and we’re slowly making progress with each game. Our center back, Maddy DeCola, is doing a great job trying to model the new additions to our back line, and showing what a true asset she is to the team.”
The prior Wednesday at Arlington, the Admirals grabbed a ball the Indians were clearing and put it in from 30 yards out for their first score, and scored twice more late in the first half to take a commanding lead into the break.
Klammer had Mahopac’s lone goal, off a feed from Pereira.
Carroll came away seeing plenty of areas where the team need work.
“That was our season opener, and we were trying to adjust to new players in new roles,” she said. “We did have some promising opportunities throughout the game, but we also did walk away with some things to really work on, some kinks to work out.
“We’re currently missing some key players to injuries that definitely shook some stuff right before our game against them,” Carroll added. “I’m hopeful we can adjust to those changes, and that my veteran players can really take the reins and make the necessary adjustments for us to have a successful season.”
Mahopac was scheduled to host Roy C. Ketcham on Thursday (Oct. 22) at 4:15 p.m., and travels to take on Carmel on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The team is home Monday (Oct. 26) to face Arlington at 4:30 p.m.