Field Hockey (1-1-1)
Somers 5, Walter Panas 0
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Seniors Bella Del Vecchio and Ryan Mellor netted two goals apiece to propel Somers to a 5-0 season-opening win over visiting Walter Panas on the Tuskers’ senior day.
Mellor started the scoring with less than 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a deflection off a pass from Maddy Combs. Del Vecchio pushed the lead it to 2-0 midway through the second quarter. Teagan Ryan added an unassisted goal with 39 seconds left in the second quarter.
“We were really working on using everyone that’s on the field,” Somers first-year head coach Amy Magaletti said of the offensive success. “We spread out and were able to really use everyone. Overall, they played strong offensively and defensively. We’re a well-rounded and balanced kind of team. They were a little worried about the start of this (game), but they definitely came together. And I think because it was their senior game they also added a little more excitement to the whole game.”
The Tuskers added two insurance goals in the fourth quarter. Mellor scored on a feed from Del Vecchio early in the period and they switched roles with Del Vecchio finishing on a Mellor assist with just under six minutes to play.
Somers dominated from start to finish, controlling possession and recording 25 corners.
“We were able to just trust each other and work together,” Del Vecchio said of the offense.
Goalie Trinity Buckler faced only one shot in net.
Somers, which reached the Section 1 Class B championship game last season where it fell to Lakeland, graduated some crucial players but returns plenty of talent.
“We have a lot of good players who are able to work together,” Del Vecchio said. “It was of course a loss to lose some key players but I think with a new head coach she’s really going to be able to bring us to as strong as we can be.”
The team generally feels fortunate that they’re able to experience a season after it was delayed by over a month due to COVID-19.
“We’re just lucky to be able to play,” Del Vecchio said. “We can’t take anything for granted and we just have to play like it’s our last game because any day it could be.”
Her coach shared the same sentiments.
“They were so happy when we were finally able to tell them that we’re going to be back on the field,” Magaletti said. “It definitely just gives us a sense of normalcy. This is a space for them to be able to come together and really enjoy the time that they do get for the season.”
Somers 1, Brewster 1
Thursday, Oct. 15
Somers gained a first-half lead on a tally from Del Vecchio, which was assisted by Ryan. But the host Bears battled back in the second half to tie the game and it concluded at 1-1.
Buckler made seven saves in the cage.
John Jay-Cross River 3, Somers 2
Saturday, Oct. 17
Mellor scored twice in a 3-2 loss to host John Jay-Cross River. Del Vecchio assisted both goals. Buckler stopped nine shots.
Girls Soccer (2-2)
Yorktown 2, Somers 1
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Somers fell behind 2-0 in the first half and was unable to mount a comeback in a 2-1 league loss to visiting Yorktown on the Tuskers’ senior night and season opener. Somers honored 13 seniors before the game.
Dahlia Pepe, a senior, scored the Tuskers’ lone goal on a penalty kick early in the second half.
“After losing to our rival Yorktown, it gave the new players on the team a realization to how physical and fast high school soccer can be,” Somers senior Ella Kittredge said. “Having no real preseason this year definitely showed when we weren’t able to connect as much as we’d like to.”
Somers 4, Walter Panas 0
Thursday, Oct. 15
Noelle DeMarinis, Kayli McMorrow, Ava Giudice and Annie Maguire netted goals in a 4-0 league win over host Panas. Pepe and Allie Zattola had one assist each.
Mahopac 3, Somers 2
Saturday, Oct. 17
Pepe and Kittredge tallied goals in a 3-2 loss to host Mahopac. Giuidice notched an assist.
“We knew they were a strong team in Class AA,” Kittredge said. “I thought our team had a much better mindset going into this game and I was very pleased with our performance even though we couldn’t get the win. We proved to ourselves that we can compete with anyone and just have to take advantage of our opportunities when they present themselves.”
Somers 2, Lakeland 0
Monday, Oct. 19
The host Tuskers got back on track with a 2-0 league win over rival Lakeland.
Kittredge pounced on a loose ball in front and scored to give Somers a 1-0 edge with 27:18 left in the first half.
“There were a bunch of deflections off both Lakeland and Somers players in the box,” Kittredge said. “I just found myself in the right place at the right time and was able to capitalize on the opportunity.”
Somers added an insurance goal when DeMarinis finished in front after a corner kick sent in by Pepe with 7:19 remaining in the game.
“Dahlia placed a perfect corner to the top of the 6-yard box,” DeMarinis said. “There was a scramble in the middle of the 18-yard box, and I was able to redirect the ball into the left corner.”
The Hornets had a prime opportunity with 10 minutes left after they got past Somers keeper Noemi Lucciola, but junior Alicia Hawkins was able to clear the ball just in time before it crossed the goal line.
It was an important win for Somers after dropping two of its first three games.
“After starting the season 1-2, which is very unusual for us, playing a league game against Lakeland was extremely important,” Kittredge said. “Yorktown beat them the other day so getting a win was critical to give ourselves another opportunity at the league title.”
The Tuskers, who were Class A finalists last season, get a rematch with Yorktown on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. on the road.
“We have learned to approach each game with the same intensity as if we are playing the toughest opponent in Section 1,” DeMarinis said. “We have adjusted to playing more physically and quickening our transition from defense to attack. Today’s game was representative of how well we connected within the midfield and capitalized on our opportunities. Coming off a tough and physical game against Mahopac, we definitely needed this positive momentum to start the week.”
Boys Soccer (1-1)
Somers 5, Walter Panas 1
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Bennett Leitner and Daniel D’Ippolito scored two goals apiece in a 5-1 rout of host Panas in the Tuskers’ opener.
Oscar Szutkowski had a goal and an assist in the win.
Yorktown 2, Somers 0
Saturday, Oct. 17
The host Tuskers, who were celebrating their senior day, fell behind early when Yorktown’s George Popovic finished with 25:56 left in the first half.
Peter Tinaj added another Yorktown goal about 13 minutes into the second half.
Somers had its share of chances to get on the scoreboard but couldn’t capitalize. The Tuskers were thwarted by Husker keeper Dylan Lopez (11 saves) and a pesky defense time after time. Lopez body blocked a string of close-range shots midway through the second half.