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Somers continues Summer League Dominance

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Somers’ Jake Faigle is congratulated after scoring a goal against Lakeland. Credits: Isaac Cass
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CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — Somers’ boys soccer team hasn’t skipped a beat since last year’s memorable run to the program’s first-ever New York State title.

The Tuskers improved to 7-0 in the Lakeland Soccer Summer League on Sunday, July 16, blanking rival Lakeland (5-1-1), 2-0, at Walter Panas High School. Somers, which has compiled an eye-popping plus-19 goal differential, locked up the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Tusker coach Brian Lanzetta didn’t mince words following the thoroughly impressive performance, which saw the Tuskers dominate possession, dictate the pace and attack at will.

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“On paper this might be the best team ever (at Somers),” said Lanzetta, who made it look easy during his first stint on the sidelines a year ago. “But that’s just on paper. Sometimes, you don’t write the script and you don’t win everything. These guys got a taste of what it was like to be up at states last year—which was pretty sick—so they want to get back there. With this team, I wouldn’t expect anything less than getting back to that sectional championship.”

Not only does Somers appear to have one of the state’s best teams—but it also plays an aesthetically pleasing brand of soccer.

“Last year, we had bruiser athletic kids, but this year everyone is a soccer player,” Lanzetta said. “Everyone can trap and pass. At one point this summer, we combined on 26 passes. Today, the most passes we combined was 17. That’s pretty sick.”

Jake Faigle, a fleet-footed winger with skill to spare, tallied a pair of second-half goals to power the Tuskers’ offense. He opened the scoring with a strike from 30 yards out, unleashing a shot that knuckled past the outstretched arms of Lakeland’s keeper. Faigle doubled the score roughly 10 minutes later, slipping past his defender on the near sideline before cutting inside the box and confidently finishing. The Tuskers’ bench exploded as the ball struck the net, applauding the combination of flash, creativity and precision.

“I shielded myself on the line, took the ball down the line and then (Cristiano) Ronaldo chopped it in,” said Faigle, detailing the first-class finish. “The (defender) slipped, I lost control, but I regained it and set up a shot.”

Somers’ senior-laden defense took care of the rest, minimizing the Hornets’ scoring chances to slam the door shut.

After dropping a pair of regular season games to Lakeland a year ago, the Tuskers savored Sunday’s victory just a bit more than a run-of-the-mill summer league match.

“We were saying that we wanted to get this win to make a statement,” Faigle said. “Hopefully, we will continue winning and win this summer league.”

Somers’ boys soccer team hasn’t skipped a beat since last year’s memorable run to the program’s first-ever New York State title.

The Tuskers improved to 7-0 in the Lakeland Soccer Summer League on Sunday, July 16, blanking rival Lakeland (5-1-1), 2-0, at Walter Panas High School. Somers, which has compiled an eye-popping plus-19 goal differential, locked up the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Tusker coach Brian Lanzetta didn’t mince words following the thoroughly impressive performance, which saw the Tuskers dominate possession, dictate the pace and attack at will.

“On paper this might be the best team ever (at Somers),” said Lanzetta, who made it look easy during his first stint on the sidelines a year ago. “But that’s just on paper. Sometimes, you don’t write the script and you don’t win everything. These guys got a taste of what it was like to be up at states last year—which was pretty sick—so they want to get back there. With this team, I wouldn’t expect anything less than getting back to that sectional championship.”

Not only does Somers appear to have one of the state’s best teams—but it also plays an aesthetically pleasing brand of soccer.

“Last year, we had bruiser athletic kids, but this year everyone is a soccer player,” Lanzetta said. “Everyone can trap and pass. At one point this summer, we combined on 26 passes. Today, the most passes we combined was 17. That’s pretty sick.”

Jake Faigle, a fleet-footed winger with skill to spare, tallied a pair of second-half goals to power the Tuskers’ offense. He opened the scoring with a strike from 30 yards out, unleashing a shot that knuckled past the outstretched arms of Lakeland’s keeper. Faigle doubled the score roughly 10 minutes later, slipping past his defender on the near sideline before cutting inside the box and confidently finishing. The Tuskers’ bench exploded as the ball struck the net, applauding the combination of flash, creativity and precision.

“I shielded myself on the line, took the ball down the line and then (Cristiano) Ronaldo chopped it in,” said Faigle, detailing the first-class finish. “The (defender) slipped, I lost control, but I regained it and set up a shot.”

Somers’ senior-laden defense took care of the rest, minimizing the Hornets’ scoring chances to slam the door shut.

After dropping a pair of regular season games to Lakeland a year ago, the Tuskers savored Sunday’s victory just a bit more than a run-of-the-mill summer league match.

“We were saying that we wanted to get this win to make a statement,” Faigle said. “Hopefully, we will continue winning and win this summer league.”

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