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Yorktown Tops Lakeland in OT Thriller

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Husker Desim Bucpapa pushes the pace across midfield. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys soccer squad won an overtime thriller at Lakeland 2-1 on a tap-in goal by Ankit Patel, assisted by Sergio Spiniello.

“We knew that whoever scores wins the game,” Patel said. “It always feels good to win a game and it’s a great feeling scoring the overtime goal and winning the game.”

Timmy O’Callaghan also scored for Yorktown, assisted by Joey Carbone with teammate Mauricio Arango recording 10 saves on Sept. 23.

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Arben Hoxhaj (1G), Kyle McHale (1A) and Andres Lopez (7 saves) did the honors for Lakeland. Hoxhaj’s goal gave the Hornets the 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.

“We had a tremendous team effort and we fought through some tough calls and tough breaks,” said Yorktown assistant coach Justin Huff, who was the acting head coach against Lakeland. “We were controlling play but conceded the first goal. We didn’t lose composure and kept playing our game. We tied it less than 10 minutes after, and nearly won it in regulation with five minutes left when Ankit hit the crossbar.”

The Huskers (4-2-1) lost to host Horace Greeley 1-0 on Sept. 19 , with Arango recording 11 saves.

“I prepare every day at practice and stay focused during the game,” Arango said. “I know physically I can make the saves but as long as I stay focused mentally I’ll have a good chance of making those saves.”

Arango said he got plenty of help from his defense in front of him.

“Rocky Bujaj played an outstanding game and has been growing into one of the top defenders in the section, alongside Sergio Spiniello, who played great as well,” Arango said. “Sean Boyle was solid once again and Paul Duffy gave us huge minutes off the bench.”

The Hornets lost to visiting and defending Class C state champion North Salem 5-2 on Sept. 18.

North Salem jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Lakeland senior forward Carlos Del Monte scored twice to tie the game at halftime.

“The first goal was off a free kick from Kyle McHale that hit off the post. I was able to read it and was in the right place at the right time and I had an easy tap in,” Del Monte said. “The second goal was off a great pass from Gabe Nieves who saw me make a run in between two defenders and the keeper came out and I just tapped it over him and tied the game.”

Unfortunately for the Hornets, the Tigers answered the call in the second half with three goals to garner the victory.

“What I believe happened in the second half was that we were too relaxed and North Salem started creating chances and we ended up giving away too many fouls on our side of the field which ended up as their third goal from a free kick,” Del Monte said. “From then on North Salem had the edge and we missed a few chances ourselves, and that’s when they took over. I think we can only learn from losses like this and we definitely know now that every game we play, we have to play with all we got because you don’t get a second chance in sectionals.”

Lopez made five saves for the Hornets (5-3-1) against North Salem.

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