EAST FISHKILL, N.Y.— Mahopac’s girls soccer team has gotten used to winning by some large margins this season, but the Indians found themselves on both sides of the spectrum last week.
It blasted host John Jay-East Fishkill, 8-0, last Thursday, Oct. 5. Claiming the middle of the field and expanding it for the entire game, the Indians busted open a 3-0 halftime edge.
“One of our main focuses was to control the middle because our last few games we haven’t been doing well with that,” Mahopac coach Ross Fumusa said. “We wanted to try and close the gaps.”
Sophomore Carly Steinberg kept doing her thing, chalking up three goals to make it a total of 17 for the year.
Senior midfielder Ailis Martin scored twice as did senior Kayley Mattos on a day when the ball never stuck to one girl. Melanie Poulos also chipped in with a goal.
Junior Samantha Colatruglio sliced and diced the path to three assists while Mattos, Poulos, Martin, and Jacqueline Stack each added one. Sophomore goalie Isabel Omboni made five saves.
Quite the cohesive win came just two days after a frustrating 3-0 road loss to undefeated league opponent Arlington, who has yet to allow a goal this season.
“They are in another league right now,” Fumusa said of Arlington. “They are playing extremely well. We took a lot from that game.”
Omboni once again saved five shots in the setback against an Admiral team that the Indians fought to an overtime tie with in last year’s regular season match.
Today’s game versus visiting Arlington at 6 p.m. will be Jenna Nolan’s Memorial Game. Nolan, who drowned in Lake Mahopac two years ago, would have been a senior this season and was a former soccer player.
“We’re anticipating another one of those (kind of game),” Fumusa said. “We’re expecting a good game. We’re going to tweak our formations a little bit so the matchups are better and we will solidify the center of the field. That’s our game plan.”
Mahopac (8-3-1) has still had a memorable year and only has four regular season games left to try to earn a top seed for sectionals.
It visited North Rockland on Oct. 10. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Indians are scheduled to travel to Roy C. Ketcham at 2 p.m.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time and learning certain things from each game to help us make a big run in sectionals,” Fumusa said.