MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Mahopac girls soccer continued to play well last week, letting the rest of the section know the team is for real by handing Rye its first loss, 2-1, last Saturday, after dominating John Jay of East Fishkill, 4-0, the prior Thursday. The Indians opened last week with a 4-0 road win over White Plains, and now stand at 5-1 overall, 1-0 in league play.
The Indians’ first-year coach, Casey Carroll, called Saturday’s win over Rye her team’s best win yet.
“Rye is a strong team, and they came in unbeaten, so we knew they’d be good,” Carroll said. “But we played a great game, I think that was our best win so far. We really played as a team. Our girls were reading Rye well, and we used space on the field well.”
Mia Klammer took a pass from Alyssa Chiullo and put it in the net in the 26th minute of the first half to give the Indians the lead. The Garnets (7-1) tied it in the second half, and it looked like the game might be headed into overtime.
But Indians senior captain Grace DiVincenzo squashed that notion, securing a pass from sophomore Marissa McCarney and delivering the game-winner with under three to play.
“Grace had a phenomenal game for us,” Carroll said of DiVincenzo. “She got the winner on a great pass over the top from Marissa. And Mia always comes to play. Our defense communicated well, and really kept us in the game.”
Isabel Omboni had 11 saves in net for Mahopac.
Two days earlier in East Fishkill, the Indians took command with three goals in the first half —DiVincenzo had two and Klammer had one—and finished it off in the second half with junior Shannon Becker (Mahopac’s nationally renowned softball pitcher) running over a defender and firing a strike in the back of the net for her first varsity goal.
Klammer also had 2 assists in the win, Chiulli had an assist, Omboni had 2 saves in the first half, and Sophia Curcio had 5 stops in the second half.
“That was a big win, and in a league game,” Carroll said. “We got a lot of time for a lot of girls, and we really played well.”
DiVincenzo, a third-year varsity player, said the team is coming into games with a plan.
“We’re prepared,” she said. “We came out really quick in the first half, we played fast and got some early goals in, so we were able to kind of sit back (defensively) in the second half.”
Mahopac has bounced back after losing its top player (Carly Steinberg, ACL) to injury before the season even started.
“It was heartbreaking,” DiVincenzo said of losing Steinberg. She was a big part of our team, our engine. But she’s still here, supporting us, motivating us. And we just have to deal with it. There’s nothing anyone can do about it.”
DiVincenzo added that the team’s strong start is just what the players were expecting—even without Steinberg.
“It’s not a surprise,” she said of the 5-1 start. “We’re ready, we’re prepared. Maddie DeCola, Jenna Daly, Mia, they’re all stepping up. Our first goal is to win the league, and we’re working really hard. We still have a lot of things to work on, coach will keep us working hard. We really like the way she’s running things, and this is a great group of girls. I love them all.”
DiVincenzo and Klammer each scored twice in the team’s win over White Plains. Alexa Rispoli had two assists, and Hailey Pereira and Megan Pereira each had an assist. Curcio stopped five shots in net for Mahopac.
Mahopac faces another test this week, with games scheduled vs. Dutchess powers Arlington (Sept. 24) and Roy C. Ketcham (Sept. 26), both on the road. The Indians will also travel to take on Scarsdale on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 11 a.m.