Here is Mike Zacchio’s story on Scarsdale and Arlington’s 1-1 tie on Friday:
Scarsdale coach Paul Brooks and his team will have the mystery of the unknown lurking in their subconscious after their game Friday against Arlington, the top-ranked Class AA team in the state, was called to a 1-1 draw in overtime just before they were set to take a corner kick.
The Raiders (9-3-1) were about to kick with approximately three minutes left in overtime when the officials determined it was unsafe for the players to continue the game as darkness had settled in. While Brooks and the Raiders were likely disappointed with the draw, the first-year coach saw the bigger picture.
“I would’ve liked to get the corner in, but I understand where (the official) is coming from,” Brooks said. “The kids’ safety comes first.”
Brooks said that he had no knowledge of Arlington’s state ranking entering the contest. “I didn’t know … to tell you the truth,” he said. “We go into games with our game plan and we try to implement our game plan.”
Jonny Dorf scored the team’s lone goal, heading a cross from Favhael Sheik into the far side of the Admirals’ net with five minutes left in regulation.
Vinny Colantuono had scored on an assist from Dillon Ashong in the 45th minute to give the Admirals a 1-0 lead early in the second half.
“It was a really good match. I thought Scarsdale played very well,” Arlington coach Craig Sanborn told the Poughkeepsie Journal. “We’re coming off a 10-day layoff, so we’re shaking the rust out a little bit. I’m pleased with how we played overall. We had some good opportunities to finish and we just didn’t capitalize on those. We gave up a late one and our legs might have been a little heavy.”
Brooks said that entering this season was a “blank canvas,” adding that he only knew a couple of Scarsdale players. “They’ve made great strides,” he said. “I’m proud of their growth. I’m hoping we can make a run at the playoffs.”
With the regular season winding down, Brooks said that the key to postseason success for the Raiders will be minimizing mistakes and taking advantage of opportunities.
“Hopefully we can peak at the right time,” he said.
Best of the rest: Aidan Datene scored for Hen Hud and Pat Dentico scored for host North Rockland in a 1-1 tie. … Hamilton’s Julian Espinosa had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win at Nanuet. … Spring Valley’s Edgy Marc and Jesus Vasquez scored in a 2-1 win over visiting Clarkstown South. … Briarcliff’s Caleb Asamoah scored two goals in a 3-2 win at North Salem. … Irvington’s Matt Casadei had two goals and two assists in a 7-2 rout of visiting Lincoln. … Michael Donnelly had a goal and an assist in Kennedy’s 2-0 win over visiting Salesian. … Mike Dale and Mike Fallon each scored for host Albertus Magnus while Marco Batista and Thomas Shalvey netted goals for Tappan Zee in a 2-2 tie. … Isaac Sanabria had two goals and an assist and Javier Lopez scored twice in host Fox Lane’s 6-1 win over Clarkstown North. … Ryan Metz had a goal and an assist in host John Jay-East Fishkill’s 4-0 win over Monroe-Woodbury. … Zack Lichtman had a goal and an assist in Somers’ 3-2 overtime win over Keio. … Zander Levitz scored on an assist from Michael Adler in Horace Greeley’s 1-0 win over Rye.
Here are all of the scores that we received from Friday:
Scarsdale 1, Arlington 1, OT
Hen Hud 1, North Rockland 1, OT
Hamilton 2, Nanuet 1
Spring Valley 2, Clarkstown South 1
Briarcliff 3, North Salem 2
Irvington 7, Lincoln 2
Kennedy 2, Salesian 0
Albertus Magnus 2, Tappan Zee 2, OT
Fox Lane 6, Clarkstown North 1
John Jay-EF 4, Monroe-Woodbury 0
Somers 3, Keio 2, OT
Greeley 1, Rye 0
Blind Brook 0, Eastchester 0, OT
Ossining 2, Sleepy Hollow 1
Bronxville 5, Ardsley 0