When Joe DiBerardino scored the winning goal, assisted by Brendon Luke, for Blind Brook in overtime to defeat Rye 1-0 Saturday, Trojans coach Jozef Pomoryn was glad to finally see his team connect.
After watching DiBerardino miss a shot in a similar situation at the end of regulation, the overtime execution left the entire Blind Brook squad elated.
“We had a couple of chances and couldn’t convert in regulation,” Pomoryn said. “The defender pressed him the first time, but the second time Luke’s pass put him in the perimeter of the goal.”
For Pomoryn, the OT win was one more step forward for the 4-3 Trojans.
“Every game this year is tough and we are grinding every game,” Pomoryn said. “This game was very hard fought by both teams.”
The team’s turnaround started with a 2-1 win over Port Chester on Tuesday. Pomoryn made a change in the team’s defense by putting Alexander Fishman at center fullback. Prior to the change, Fishman had not played a game due to a foot injury.
After strong play by Fishman Tuesday, Pomoryn decided to rely onhim in Saturday’s game, too.
“Alex is tall, strong and physical and he has good foot speed,” Pomoryn said. “ The change and shuffling around was good because he played well defensively again.”
Best of the rest: Saunders’ Aldo Marin was named the MVP of the Yonkers City Championship after a 2-1 win over Yonkers at Tibbetts Brook Park. Yonkers had won the previous two city titles. … Takahiro Asai, Shusuke Sato and Shunya Izumi each scored for Keio in a 3-0 win over Horace Greeley. … Nick Kyriakidis had two goals and an assist for Pleasantville in a 6-1 win over Gorton. … Prince Kermue had two goals for Woodlands in a 4-1 win over Eastchester. … Kevin Collado scored two goals for Rye Country Day in a 3-2 win over Cheshire. … David Lachs had two goals and an assist for Byram Hills in a 3-1 win over Ossining. …Edwin Hernandez and Johnny Dennis each scored for Lakeland in a 2-1 win over Panas. … Oswaldo Valencia had two assists in New Rochelle’s 2-0 win at Westlake. … Fox Lane’s Jordan Pasetsky made 10 saves and Briarcliff’s Kevin Louie made six in a 0-0 tie. … Diego Patino scored the lone goal in Putnam Valley’s 1-0 win at Hen Hud. … Tom Young had a goal and two assists in Edgemont’s 4-1 win at home over Scarsdale B. … Chris Ahearn scored in North Rockland’s 1-0 win at Clarkstown North. … Devin Doran scored the game-winner for Tappan Zee with six minutes remaining in a 1-0 win over visiting Nyack. … Riverside scored three goals in the second half to tie Lincoln in the Yonkers City Consolation game. … Harrison beat visiting Croton-Harmon 3-0. … Valhalla beat visiting Rye Neck 1-0. … Yorktown won 4-0 at Beacon. … Hackley beat visiting Trinity 4-3.