With about three minutes remaining in regulation in the Valhalla-Rye game, the teams appeared to be headed for overtime.
Then Jose Robinson was tripped in the box and Vikings coach Sandro Prosperino chose to take advantage of Yuto Tobin’s fresh legs for a penalty kick.
“Tobin had just got back on the field, so we knew we had a great scoring opportunity,” Prosperino said.
Tobin buried the kick to give his team a 1-0 win in its first league game.
Alex Briganti had two saves for Valhalla in a game in which Prosperino said the Vikings benefited from a strong overall defensive effort.
“It’s not four guys in the back,” Prosperino said. “It’s 11 players who have bought into this defensive mentality of playing hard for 80 minutes.”
Johnny Emanuel had nine saves for Rye.
“The keeper made some outstanding saves, so it definitely looked like overtime was going to happen,” Prosperino said. “It was a game where Rye did everything right defensively. They are a tough and well-coached team.”
Valhalla will visit Rye Neck Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the Bronxville tournament. Prosperino expects his top-ranked Class B team to apply the one-game-at-a-time theory.
“Today was a big game in a sense that the rankings came out,” Prosperino said. “It takes a special group of kids to get it out of their mind and focus on the task ahead. We can be ranked any number during the season. Our goal is to be number one at the end.”
Best of the rest: Sam Rinzler scored a goal on an assist by Zach Morant for Hackley in a 1-1 tie with Rye Country Day. Paul Leake scored a goal on an assist by Kevin Collado for the Wildcats. … Nick Georgiou and Nick Viola each scored for Eastchester in a 2-1 win over Dobbs Ferry. … Brandon Luke had two goals and two assists for Blind Brook in a 5-1 win over Hamilton. … Brian Vasquez scored a goal on an assist by Osvaldo Almiron in White Plains’ 2-1 loss to John Jay-East Fishkill. … Brandon Healy and Marco Batista each scored a goal for Tappan Zee in a 2-1 win over Clarkstown South. … Steven Hernandez had a goal and assisted on one by Mark Macias in Port Chester’s 2-1 win over Ossining. … Woodlands’ Prince Kermue had a hat trick in an 8-1 win at home over Mount Vernon. … John Jay and Hen Hud tied 1-1. … Brewster’s Cameron Diebold and Noah Heymann each scored in a 2-1 win at home over Carmel. … Byram Hills’ David Lachs and Nick Vettoretti each had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win at home over Greeley. … Putnam Valley’s new coach Craig Glenn earned his first win in a 1-0 victory at Poughkeepsie. … Edgemont’s Tom Young had two goals and an assist in a 8-1 win at home over Gorton. … Somers’ Will Bennett scored twice in the final 15 minutes of a 2-1 win over North Salem in the first round of the Yorktown tournament. … Lakeland’s Johnny Denis scored his first two varsity goals in 2-1 over Yorktown in the first round of the Yorktown tournament. … Fox Lane’s Isaac Sanabria scored twice in a 2-0 win at Harrison. … Peekskill’s Cristian Lazaro had two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win at Arlington B.