It didn’t take long for Mahopac’s new coach to earn his first career win.
Jim Gencarelli has taken over for Chris Emery on the Indians’ sidelines, and he started off the new era with a 1-0 victory at Brewster on Tuesday in Mahopac’s season-opener.
“It’s a game I won’t forget,” the 27-year-old said. “First time as a head coach, to get that first win is a weight off of my shoulders, so to speak.”
Gencarelli wasn’t the only person to have a first on Tuesday. Sophomore Tom Wilson scored the lone goal in his first varsity game in the 51st minute.
“I think we did a pretty good job throughout the game of controlling possession,” Gencarelli said. “Once Wilson came off the bench, we had a nice little combo down the sideline. Conor Butler was able to make the cross to the back post, and Wilson was able to head it in.”
Mike Bernardi made six saves in the shutout, helping the Indians get off to a good start after reaching the Class AA semifinals last season.
“Obviously, losing (leading scorer) Joey (Iraola to graduation) is what it is,” Gencarelli said. “We can’t replace a guy like Joey, but we brought back nine to 10 guys who got quality playing time, and they’ll make up our core this season.”
The best of the rest: Yorktown’s Patrick Burns had a goal and an assist in Yorktown’s 3-2 win at Peekskill. … Haldane’s Jay Marchese scored twice in a 4-0 win at Pawling. … Byram Hills’ Sam Ganeles had three assists in a 3-0 win at home against Briarcliff. … Somers’ Anthony Smajlaj and Scott Colombo each scored in a 2-0 win at John Jay.
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