MAHOPAC, N.Y.— It seemed like the Mahopac girls soccer team would motor to its second straight victory on a cool Thursday, Sept. 15, at the high school.
Mahopac turned off the jets instead after jumping out to a 1-0 lead early in the first half. Bronxville responded by piling on four unanswered goals to rout the Indians, 4-1.
“We got a little complacent,” Mahopac coach Ross Fumusa said. “We were doing everything right like checking to the ball and creating space. Then we got the first goal and settled back to let Bronxville gain momentum that we couldn’t stop.”
Junior midfielder Ailis Martin chipped in the first goal of the game during the 11th minute off a corner kick from senior midfielder Kayleigh Miller as Mahopac dictated possession to start the game. The tide slowly turned as the Indians struggled to push the ball downfield.
Rachael Peacock put the Broncos on the board off a sharp pass from the right corner by Devin Portner that tied the score at one apiece.
Samantha Colatruglio almost fired right back for the Indians before her left-footed bullet was slapped upward on a leaping save by Bronxville goalie Maddie Coyne. Portner scored a goal of her own assisted by Mason Warble from that same right corner to give Bronxville the lead with about 17 minutes remaining in the half.
“We got very stressed,” Martin said. “They were outworking us and it has to start in practice by going into them like they are games.”
The pace of the game drastically slowed down after halftime before Bronxville’s Alex Douskas broke the ice. She softly headed a shot over a charging Tylar Revenson to extend the margin to 3-1 with 15 minutes left in the game.
“We just didn’t have that killer instinct to finish it off today,” Fumusa said. “But we definitely are progressing as we showed in the first 20 minutes. We were outhustled after those 20 minutes. We just need to continue from the parameter of the first 20 minutes of what we did right.”
Peacock marched down and curled a precise goal just inside the right post to put the dagger in it. The Indians only had five total shots in the second half compared to fifteen in the first. But they also did a poor job of passing after committing ninteen turnovers in the match.
“We started off very strong,” Martin said. “We have to continue doing that throughout the whole game and not let off with that pressure up top.”
Mahopac earned its opportunities by shooting 10 shots on goal which included two direct kicks. The Indians also failed to convert of any of their five corner kicks. Junior Morgan Kirby and sophomore Colatruglio each took two shots on goal.
“Carly Steinberg and Morgan Kirby were good up top,” Fumusa said. “Samantha Colatruglio came off the bench very strong. They can all check back to the ball and split the defenders. Ailis Martin in the middle played some nice balls too.”
Junior goalie Julia Mende had five saves and senior goalie Revenson was in the goal for the second half while saving three shots.
“Zina McInerney gave us a solid game from the right side on defense,” Fumusa said. “But overall we have to check to the ball more and play more angles instead of so many long-balls. We need people to come to the ball to receive a pass and start overlapping.”
Mahopac bounced back with a 2-0 win over host Ossining on Sept. 17 behind goals from Katie Yurish and Kirby. Colatruglio and Miller had assists. Mende made 10 saves.
“We improved in certain aspects such as first touches and being a bit more aggressive but we have to pass with a purpose, settle the ball and play to feet,” Fumusa said of the win. “Overall, it was nice that we pulled together and held on for a tough win.”
The Indians (3-3) were blanked by Arlington 3-0 on Sept. 19.