With Arlington’s 2-1 win over Brentwood in Sunday’s Class AA state title game at Faller Field and Port Chester’s Class A finals trip, I think it’s safe to say that Section 1 is back on the boys soccer map statewide. The section did not fare well last season, with none of its four section champions even making it out of regionals. This year’s success was a drastic turnaround — a clear message that there is very competitive soccer being played in this portion of New York state.
Prior to Arlington’s title, the last state championship won by a Section 1 team came from Bronxville in 2008. The Broncos’ title marked the third consecutive season in which a team from this area had been crowned, but there had been a drought since then. Thanks to the efforts of the Admirals and the Rams, statewide respectability has returned to Section 1.
Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal covered the Arlington game. Here is his game story. And here is Phil’s story on how Arlington’s feeder system breeds success. When I cover baseball in spring (where Arlington was also the section champ in Class AA), we often joke that the Admirals have a minor league system. The same can be said for soccer, where the Admirals have four teams — varsity, varsity B, JV, and JV B. They’re able to develop guys who aren’t quite ready for varsity, and plug in guys easily when someone gets hurt or graduates. It’s nice to have numbers.
Photo by Karl Rabe/The Poughkeepsie Journal