Despite not scoring a goal through Suffern’s first four games this season, senior forward Liam Powers had a feeling throughout the day on Tuesday that his time was coming.
Scoring has been an issue early in the season for the up-and-down Mounties, but Powers provided the only goal that they needed in a 1-0 win over Clarkstown South.
“This whole day I was picturing the game and going over it in my head – just setting up plays in my head, and it all came together,” Powers said. “It just felt awesome.”
South came into the game having won four in a row, but Suffern (2-2-1) leaned on its team speed and strong defense to cool down the Vikings (4-2).
“It felt like we were chasing a lot of the time in back because they had two or three guys that had to be watched,” Clarkstown South coach Michael Ludwig said. “You can’t give guys like that any space.”
After an evenly played first half in which Suffern goalkeeper Matt Ryan and South’s Michael Tagaris each made four saves, the second half was all Mounties.
Powers made sure of that less than a minute after the break when Tom Schember made a cross from the end line and found him wide open on the far post.
Suffern continued to apply pressure, with its best opportunity for a second goal coming in the 60th minute when Daiton Powell blew past the Vikings defenders before getting fouled in the box to set up a penalty kick.
T.J. Borenkoff took the shot, but Tagaris dove low to his right to make one of his eight saves.
“I’d definitely like to see us put a lot more goals in the back of the net,” senior defender Max Ranzato said. “We have so many opportunities – we’re making great runs, we’re splitting the defense and we have so much speed. We just can’t finish.”
South managed just one shot on goal in the second half as the Mounties concentrated on stopping the Gloskin brothers, Adam and Zach, up top.
“We had heard from North Rockland. We have a friend over there, and they said to watch out for those boys,” Ranzato said. “They have speed on them and they have good chemistry, but we knew if we shut them down, they would start getting frustrated and lose their focus.”
Here are more of my thoughts and observations from the game:
• Along with Powers and Powell, Suffern had a few others with speed on the offensive end, including Devin Connell, Myles Solan and Zach Lloyd. Coach Bob Walkley likes to sub a lot to keep guys fresh, and that enabled the Mounties to keep continued pressure on the South defense. “Our right and left forwards easily go down the line,” Ranzato said. “We try to hit it to the corner as much as possible because we know we have speed and can beat them.”
• Suffern took 16 shots, but only nine of them were on frame. There were definitely a couple of golden opportunities in which the Mounties simply missed the target. “We really have to put those in,” Powers said. “They’re very critical.”
• It’s been an interesting start for Suffern, which upset league favorite North Rockland, but has lost a couple of head-scratchers. The Mounties really seemed to play better after Powers’ goal, and he seemed to think that it’s a matter of confidence. “It kind of released some of the pressure, but you still have to play the game as if it’s 0-0,” he said. “You still have to fight as hard as possible, but as a team, it just made us more confident in ourselves.”
• The Vikings have been scoring a pretty high-rate of late, as evident by their four straight wins, but Ludwig said that they had trouble creating chances today. “We didn’t generate a ton of opportunities today, and I give Suffern credit for playing really good defense,” he said. “I was talking to the team after the game, and I think we might have only had one or two corners. We didn’t really threaten too much. I was hoping to get some momentum after we stopped the penalty kick, which was great, and usually that can kind of get you fired up. But, it didn’t end up that way.”
• Still, Ludwig stressed that he’s happy with the direction that his team is heading in, and he said that he doesn’t expect this loss to derail that, noting, “We should be wanting to play them again.” It’s crazy to think, but South has already doubled its win total from last year, and we’re only about a quarter of the way through the season. “We have a good group of kids this year,” Ludwig said. “Even though we didn’t finish today, we’ve had a much easier time getting some finishes this year. Our record was a little deceiving last year. We had a good little squad last year. We didn’t have too many wins, but I thought we moved the ball great last year, and we lost probably eight or nine one-goal games. To me, we put in a good effort last year, but we’re getting more opportunities this year, goal-wise.”
In a matchup of the top two teams in the latest #lohudsoccer power rankings, Arlington proved that it remains the team to beat in Class AA with a 1-0 win over John Jay-East Fishkill on Tuesday.
I wrote yesterday that those two teams are pretty much 1A and 1B in the section so far this year, but the Admirals still seem to have JJEF’s number. CLICK HERE to read the Poughkeepsie Journal’s story on the game.
Best of the rest: Jonny Dorf scored on a header assisted by Takeshi Kakudo in the 62nd minute of Scarsdale’s 1-0 win at White Plains. … Pleasantville’s Patrick Killion and Valhalla’s Michael Perna each made seven saves in a 0-0 tie at Pleasantville. … Joao Barreto scored twice in Irvington’s 4-1 win over visiting Dobbs Ferry. … Leandro DeAbreu had two goals and an assist in host Westlake’s 4-3 overtime win over Croton-Harmon. … Luis Morales scored twice and Steven Hernandez had two assists in host Port Chester’s 3-1 win over Eastchester. … Nicholas Tortorella scored in Putnam Valley’s 1-0 win over visiting Arlington B. … Luis Patino scored twice and Lugdini Desrosiers had a goal and two assists in host Spring Valley’s 6-0 over Albertus Magnus. … Adam Deutsch had a goal and an assist in Hastings’ 2-1 win over visiting Rye Neck. … Craig MacDonald had two assists in Pearl River’s 3-0 win at Nyack. … Capy Charles had a hat trick and an assist in host Hamilton’s 4-2 win over Woodlands. … Noah Bender made four saves for host Harrison and Johnny Emanuel made two saves for Rye in a 0-0 tie. … Cristian Lazaro and Sulaiman Hamid each scored twice in Peekskill’s 4-2 win over visiting Panas. … Shawn Shapiro and Marco Batista each scored in a three-minute span during the second half of host Tappan Zee’s 2-0 win over Nanuet. … Christian Ohanian had a goal and an assist in North Rockland’s 2-0 win at Clarkstown North. … Miguel Tunas had a goal and an assist in host North Salem’s 2-1 win over Pawling. … Matias Prando scored two unassisted goals for host Lakeland and Aidan Datene and Miguel Perez each scored for Hen Hud in a 2-2 tie. The Hornets were playing without leading scorers Johnny Denis (away) and Devin Flanagan (injury)… Bennett Kramer had three assists in host Byram Hills’ 3-1 win over Pelham. … Michael Adler scored twice and Drew Goldberg had two assists in Greeley’s 4-1 win over visiting John Jay.
Here are all of the scores that we received from Tuesday:
Suffern 1, Clarkstown South 0
Arlington 1, John Jay-EF 0
Byram Hills 3, Pelham 1
Pearl River 3, Nyack 0
Scarsdale 1, White Plains 0
Rye 0, Harrison 0, 2 OT
Pleasantville 0, Valhalla 0, 2 OT
Irvington 4, Dobbs Ferry 1
Westlake 4, Croton-Harmon 3, OT
Port Chester 3, Eastchester 1
Putnam Valley 1, Arlington B 0
Spring Valley 6, Albertus Magnus 0
Hastings 2, Rye Neck 1
Hamilton 4, Woodlands 2
Peekskill 4, Panas 2
Tappan Zee 2, Nanuet 0
North Rockland 2, Clarkstown North 0
Bronxville 1, Sleepy Hollow 1, 2 OT
North Salem 2, Pawling 1
Lakeland 2, Hen Hud 2, 2 OT
Fox Lane 3, Yorktown 0
Horace Greeley 4, John Jay 1
Ossining 5, Beacon 0
Somers 1, Brewster 0, OT
Photos by Peter Carr/Video by Vincent Z. Mercogliano