MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Craving a big win after dropping its last two contests, Somers filled the void by knocking off host Mahopac, 1-0 in a cross-town showdown on Oct. 2.
“We played the best game of our season,” Somers coach Paul Saia said. “We finally put it all together. We didn’t score as much as I would have liked to, but Mahopac is an outstanding team and played tough against us. So I’m very proud of my girls.”
The two teams fought for possession all game long, with most of the action coming in the midfield. Senior midfielder Dani Cucchiarella found a crease, poking a goal through from the top of the 18 off a pass from Dahlia Pepe midway through the first half.
Tough as nails throughout, the Tuskers’ defense kept Indian scorers Carly Steinberg and Ailis Martin in check while cutting off many passes to disrupt any flow.
“We did a good job of communicating and marking-up,” Tusker defender Alix Goldman said. “Our center back Alexis (Atkinson) really stepped up today. Mia (Klayman) and I worked well together and got wide after Alexis got the ball. We just focused on possessing the ball today.”
Mahopac failed to capitalize in the 47th minute, when Steinberg grounded a long free-kick wide left. Unlike in the first half, the Indians had their share of touches on the ball but couldn’t tie together enough passes to see closer shots on goal.
“We started off slow in the first half,” Mahopac coach Ross Fumusa said. “Against a team like Somers, we need two strong halves. We corrected them controlling the middle in the second half, but we just couldn’t score today.”
Junior midfielder Zina McInerney lofted a long-distance free kick too far right with about four minutes remaining, as that was the final chance Mahopac had.
Lauren Jockimo made nine saves in goal for Somers while junior goalie Isabella Omboni blocked 13 shots for the Indians.
Much the opposite of the home defeat, the Indians dismantled league-host Ketcham, 9-1 on Sept. 28. The sophomore phenom Steinberg racked up four goals and fellow sophomore Grace DiVincenzo scored two goals with an assist.
Mia Klammer pitched in with a goal and an assist. Martin and Christina Lopreato notched a goal apiece. Senior Kayley Mattos passed for two assists while both Emma Goodrow and Ellen Walpole had an assist.
The Indians traveled to Arlington Oct. 3, and then head to John Jay-East Fishkill today for a 4:30 p.m. game.