NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.— It was a slow start to the season for Mahopac’s varsity boys soccer team, but the Indians turned up the dial in the stretch run to finish second in their league behind powerhouse Arlington.
The ninth-seeded Indians’ season came to a halt, however, in the opening round of the Section 1 Class AA playoffs in a 2-0 loss to No. 8 New Rochelle on Thursday, Oct. 20, at New Rochelle High School.
“It was a good game on both sides,” Mahopac coach Jim Gencarelli said. “We were able to put some pressure on New Rochelle and their defense, but we could never put consistent pressure (on them) and we couldn’t break through their defense to get good shots on goal.”
Harry O’Shea made eight saves for a Mahopac team that was able to get just four shots on goal.
Striker Harwan Alzuabidi scored both goals for New Rochelle. He put the Huguenots up 1-0 in the 13th minute and added a free kick in the 70th minute to seal the game.
New Rochelle went on to upset top-seeded Mamaroneck in the quarterfinals on Oct. 24 on penalty kicks.
Mahopac concluded its campaign with a 7-8-2 record.
“Our season didn’t end the way we hoped but we improved in a number of ways,” Gencarelli said. “For the last two years being 2-6 in our league and going 6-2 (this year), and having to play in the outbracket games to earning a nine seed was a great improvement that I credit to our hard work and dedication to the program.”