NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – The North Salem boys soccer team opened their season with a tough 3-2 loss to Pleasantville on Thursday, Aug. 29.
The visiting Panthers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Luke Scopino and Jacob Coleman.
But the Tigers battled back.
Junior Paul Lulaj scored off of a free kick right before halftime. Ten minutes into the second half, senior captain Matt Cole, assisted by junior Noah Elias, knotted the game up on a breakaway goal.
The game remained deadlocked for the next 15 minutes until Pleasantville’s William Ricciardi scored on a put-back.
Though his team has 13 returning players, only three of them were starters last year, said head coach Ron Hendrie.
“I felt like we improved a lot through the course of today’s game,” Hendrie said. “It was much more intense and high-paced than our scrimmage with Brewster. The intensity was an eye-opener for our new guys.”
The Tigers will get right back at it on Saturday, Aug. 31, when they travel to Briarcliff.
North Salem Goals
- Paul Lulaj (1)
- Matt Cole (1)
North Salem Assists
- Noah Elias (1)
North Salem Saves
- Mark Mackenzie (20)
- Luke Scopino (1)
- Jacob Coleman (1)
- William Riccardi (1)
- Calum Macphee (1)
- Connor Clancy (4)
- Conor Bruner (6)