SHRUB OAK, N.Y. — Yorktown and Mahopac would love to have had the opportunity to decide their boys soccer contest in overtime but since it was a summer-league game, they had to settle for a 1-1 tie on July 12 at Lakeland High School.
Yorktown got on the board first with 17:30 to go in the opening half, when rising sophomore center midfielder Rocky Bujaj kicked a shot that curved nicely into the air on the right side of the goal to put the Huskers up 1-0.
“I saw the ball bouncing so I decided to trap it with my right foot because I knew I could make enough space and just hit it,” Bujaj said.
That goal gave Bujaj a big jolt of energy for the rest of the contest.
“It was really exciting,” Bujaj said. “I felt confident through the rest of the game.”
Bujaj continued to put the pressure on as just over two minutes later he attacked the Mahopac defense again but this time his shot went just left of the goal.
Yorktown (1-1-3) attempted to double its lead two minutes into the second half as Joey Landicino hit a strong shot but it went straight above the goal.
Mahopac (1-2-2) tied the score 1-1 with 20:28 to go in the game. Rising junior center midfielder Augie Djerdjaj knotted it as he went high in the air, out-jumped everyone and headed the ball in perfectly with Tommy Pereira registering the assist.
The goal was a sweet one, especially considering it came against last year’s Section 1 Class AA finalist.
“Yorktown is one of the top teams in our division so it was good to get a tying goal against them,” Djerdjaj said. “I’m so excited for the season to play them again.”
The two teams remained scoreless for the rest of the game and that is the way they stayed.
Both Bujaj and Djerdjaj wish they could’ve kept on playing after regulation, something they will be able to do during the regular season in the event of a tie game.
“I would’ve loved to because they are a rival team in the same area so it would’ve been great if we could’ve played overtime,” Bujaj said.
Djerdjaj felt the same way.
“This rivalry means a lot,” Djerdjaj said. “We would’ve loved to gone into overtime and have had a chance to beat them.”
Doing the job in goal for each squad was Yorktown’s James D’Alessio (4 saves) and Mahopac’s Jeremy Carroll (5 saves).
Lakeland (3-2) played on the same night in another rivalry game, beating Walter Panas 1-0 on a goal from Nick Foci, assisted by Jordan Fein.
Nick Estrella (2 saves) and Ryan Mathis (1 save) combined to record the shutout in goal for the Hornets.