Somers Boys Soccer Picks Up Where it Left Off

Somers’ Drew Lasher, right, goes after a loose ball. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — The wins piled up last season for Somers' boys soccer team on its way to a Class A state championship and the Tuskers have quickly resumed their dominance with a 4-0 start in the Lakeland Summer League.

Somers began the week with a 2-1 win over Yorktown on June 20 at Walter Panas High School.

The Tuskers came out flying, building a quick 2-0 lead. Off a set piece, Francesco Cantarino sent in a pass and Max Grell headed it home to give Somers a 1-0 lead six minutes into the 25-minute first half.

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"Being we were playing Yorktown and they're our rivals, we just wanted to come out strong and beat them," rising junior Lucas Fecci said.

Fecci headed in another goal when Andrew Circle launched a long throw-in just three minutes later to extend the lead to 2-0.

"We both go on and off with throw-ins because we both have long throw-ins," Fecci explained. "I just told Drew (Lasher) to flick it on and he did exactly that."

Yorktown got one back late in the first half when Besim Bucpapa netted a goal to send the game into the break at 2-1.

The Huskers came out on the aggressive in the second half but the Tuskers were able to thwart their scoring chances. Yorktown slipped a shot past a hard-charging Conor O'Donoghue, but Alex Piazza was there to save the day at the goal line as he cleared the ball away with 8:30 left on the clock. Piazza did something very similar in the state championship game last season to preserve Somers' lead late in the second half.

"We knew [Yorktown] was going to come back and want it more," Fecci said. "We just had to stay composed and keep pushing."

Somers cruised past Mahopac 4-1 on June 25 to move to 3-0. Drew Lasher tallied two goals, while Fecci and Grell (1A) added one apiece. Jonathan Riina and Tim McCormack added assists.

The Tuskers topped winless Walter Panas 3-0 a day later behind goals from Ethan Lukaj, Alex Maher and Jose Giron. Lukaj also had an assist in the win.

Somers, which has scored 13 goals and only allowed two through four games, faces Byram Hills at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 2.

Despite graduating a loaded senior class, the Tuskers have replenished the team with plenty of young talent and filled in holes on the field.

"We've all known each other since we were little because we've always been at the park or high school playing," Fecci said. "We know what their skill level is and how good they are. I think we'll be good this year."

The Tuskers will play a different brand of soccer this season with a team that Fecci said is more offensive-minded.

"Last year we were more athletic and had a lot of big kids," Fecci said. "This year we're smaller, but we all know how to play soccer. We're very tactical."

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