MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac girls soccer team has been playing their best soccer of the fall, winning nine of its last 10 games—including blowout victories over No. 13 Fox Lane (8-0) and No. 5 Greeley (6-0) in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
In their last five wins, the Indians have four shutouts, and allowed just one goal, while scoring an astounding 34.
The big blemish on Mahopac’s record is two losses to Arlington—the top seed in the Class AA tournament, and the team Mahopac was scheduled to face Thursday (Oct. 31) in the semifinals. The winner advances to Sunday’s championship game at Arlington High School at 5 p.m.
Indians first-year coach Casey Carroll said her team didn’t play up to its potential in the last meeting, a lopsided Arlington win on the Admirals’ home turf.
But since then, the team has played its best soccer, and Carroll loves the Indians’ chances for an upset.
“We’ve been playing really well as a unit,” Carroll said after her team dismantled Greeley Monday in the quarterfinals. “Our offense is really connecting well - and finishing. We’re definitely peaking at the right time - offensively and defensively.
“The way we’ve been playing, I feel a lot of confidence about Arlington,” Carroll said of the semifinal matchup. “When we went there we didn’t have a good game. But right now I’m really excited to see what we can do against them.”
In Monday’s quarterfinal win over Greeley (12-5-2), Mahopac led 2-0 at halftime, and poured it on in the second half, converting four more times on a variety of opportunities against an outmatched Quakers defense.
Sabrina Nogula and Mia Klammer each had 2 goals, and Grace DiVincenzo and Piper Klammer each had 1. Mia Klammer added 3 assists, and Hailey Pereira and DiVincenzo each had 1. Isabel Omboni had 6 saves in net, and Sophia Curcio had 4.
Mia Klammer, DiVincenzo, Nogula and co. had their way on the offensive end, constantly creating problems for Greeley’s defense, which had no answers for the Indians’ creativity. Mahopac was hitting headers in the net, delivering pinpoint passes to shooters in, and around, the box, and shooters like DiVincenzo and Mia Klammer delivered brilliant one-touch goals the Greeley keeper had no chance to stop. And on the defensive end, Mahopac was equally effective.
“Mia really had a great game for us,” Carroll said. “She works so hard. And Sabrina also had a really great game. I think these (last two) were her two best games of the year.
“And our defense—Christina Lopreato, Alexa Rispoli, Maddy DeCola and Marissa McCarney (with keepers Omboni and Curcio) has played really well in these last two (playoff) games,” the coach added. “They’ve been working their butts off, and it has really paid off.”
In Mahopac’s first-round win over Fox Lane (10/25), Nogula, Julia McGrinder and Pereira each had two goals, and DiVincenzo and Jenna Daly each added one. Curcio had four saves in net.
“Nogula had another great game for us,” Carroll said. “And Hailey Pereira also really stood out. The girls really came out and played well.”