MAHOPAC, N.Y.— There aren’t many better ways to begin a season than to win in blowout fashion in front of your home fans.
Mahopac’s varsity girls soccer team took it to the extreme, beating out Ossining in every facet to chalk up a savory 9-1 victory at Baldwin Meadows Park on a sunny Friday afternoon.
“We did everything we’ve been working on in practice,” Mahopac coach Ross Fumusa said. “Limiting our touches, trying to switch the fields. We knew they were going to be a fast team, so as soon as they touched the ball we made sure they didn’t have time to breathe. Winning the ball and transitioning was the key which led to a lot of our goals.”
Wasting no time, the Indians got on the board in the second minute when junior Samantha Colatruglio set up sophomore forward Carly Steinberg on a direct kick for the score.
“We talked about how right from the start to come out, finish and don’t let up,” Steinberg said. “We’ve been connecting (since last year) and now we’re just building on it.”
Steinberg notched her second goal on an assist from senior midfielder Ailis Martin not long after as the storm was already brewing.
“We are already working so well together and I’m just excited to say that this is only the beginning,” Martin said.
Senior midfielder Morgan Kirby tallied her first of five total goals from the middle of the crease after receiving a swift corner-pass from Mia Klammer, and Mahopac led 3-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Martin made her presence felt by chipping in a goal off the rebound of a save near the net 10 minutes before the Indians contently took a 4-0 advantage into halftime.
Mahopac’s excellent passing, blistering speed and solid ball control continued in the second half. The difference was that Kirby erupted to kick through four more goals as the Indians jogged to the finish line.
“We kept our possession really controlled,” Kirby said. “We also played very wide and played every part of the field really well. We read each other really well and pressure really hard. We have such potential here and we’re confident that we can go incredibly far this season.”
Kirby made it 6-1 when she tucked in a goal to the left of the goalkeeper on a gorgeous pass from Klammer.
“Just the excitement coming into this game allowed for us to all be able to put that many in the back of the net,” Kirby said. “We were just so ready.”
Steinberg mixed in three assists with her two scores and junior midfielder Katrina Klammer scored too. Her sister Mia Klammer dished for two assists and sophomore Sabrina Nogula passed for one assist. Senior Julia Mende made six saves in goal.
“All-around we have a lot of weapons on this team,” Fumusa said. “We’re just well-rounded offensively and defensively. We’re all on the same page and all have one common goal and focus. It showed today, but we can’t get complacent. We have to keep this up.”
The Indians hosted Horace Greeley on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and travel to Mamaroneck for a 4:30 p.m. game today.
“We have a goal in the back of our minds,” Steinberg said. “And that’s to win sectionals. It’s going to be disappointing if we don’t because that’s our goal.”