As Pearl River took the field on Thursday for its senior day against Nyack and a chance for the League IV-B title, a slow start was not on the agenda.
But with Ethan Dowie scoring the team’s only first-half goal about 25 minutes in, coach Damon O’Keefe used halftime to remind them of that.
“I challenged the captains and the whole group to come out and play better,” O’Keefe said.
O’Keefe watched his Pirates return to the field with intensity and make a strong offensive push led by Brian Chiarello. Pearl River earned a 3-0 win and a share of the IV-B championship with Tappan Zee.
Chiarello had two goals and assisted on Dowie’s goal. In the second half, the Pirates (11-2-2) also pressured the ball more.
“We wanted everybody to pick it up,” O’Keefe said. “They did that and they played an outstanding second half.”
The team honored eight seniors, including Chiarello and goalie Pat Guerin.
“Brian really worked hard off the ball to get himself in the right position and his effort throughout the game was great,” O’Keefe said.
Guerin, who made 10 saves in recording his ninth shutout, also left O’Keefe pleased.
“We wanted a shutout and (Guerin) really came through for us,” O’Keefe said. “The guys appreciate the way he plays and so do I. He’s been great this whole season.”
O’Keefe added that Chris Coughlan and Manuel Arango, who assisted on Chiarello’s goals, were major factors in the team’s defensive success.
Best of the rest: Dan Grace and Brandon Healy scored for Tappan Zee in a 2-0 win over Albertus. … Charles Hochfelderscored a goal off an assist by Rafi Dodo for Solomon Schechter in a 1-0 win over Yonkers Montessori. … Rooben Michel had two goals and two assists in Spring Valley’s 6-0 win at Clarkstown North. … Connor Murphy scored twice in North Salem’s 3-1 win over visiting Haldane. … Simon Frroku had a hat trick in Dobbs Ferry’s 5-2 win over visiting Sleepy Hollow. … Prince Kermue had a two goals and an assist in Woodlands’ 4-2 win at Tuckahoe. … Sam Aherne had a hat trick in Bronxville’s 3-2 win over Scarsdale B. … Brian Vasquez and Osvaldo Almiron each scored in White Plains’ 2-1 win over visiting Scarsdale. … John Salto had two goals and an assist in North Rockland’s 3-1 win at Ramapo. … Juan Giraldo had a goal and an assist in Mamaroneck’s 2-0 win over visiting New Rochelle. … Hastings beat Ardsley 2-1. … Pelham beat Eastchester 2-0. … Yonkers beat Gorton 3-0. … Suffern beat Clarkstown South 1-0 in OT.