Philipstown Soccer Club (Week 5)

Travel team results from May 7 games

Boys’

East Fishkill 7, U13 Arsenal 6
U16 Chargers 4, Beekman 1
Parrott’s HS Old Boys 5, New Paltz 2

Girls’

Southern Dutchess 3, U12 Phoenix 1

Game summaries provided by the Philipstown Soccer Club:

High School Boys Win, 5-2

Light rain and a stormy forecast welcomed the Philipstown HS Boys Parrott’s Old Boys to their season’s first home game against the New Paltz Storm.

The Old Boys were set with a full roster against a short-handed but well managed Storm. After many changes of possession but few finishing shots, mid-way into the opening half, Zach Kotzias scored first from a serve by Justin Roffman, and Juan Guerra just minutes later put a showcase solo goal in the net.

On an excellent counter, the Storm were denied an empty net goal with a great defensive header by Van Dommele. With a 2-0 lead going into the second half, the Old Boys were poised and played excellent possession soccer. Three more scores for the Old Boys, one by Van Dommele and a pair from Justin Villa, gave the Old Boys a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The Storm were awarded sequential penalty kicks, both of which were diligently put on net. But the time ran out on the Storm, and the Old Boys booked their first win of the spring season. The team has a bye week on May 14, but return to Haldane on May 21 to host Hyde Park.

Arsenal lose 7-6 in Exciting Encounter with East Fishkill

The Boys U13 Philipstown Arsenal provided fans with a fun Saturday afternoon at East Fishkill with a final score more reminiscent of baseball than soccer. After withstanding a strong start by East Fishkill, Evan Maasik made a good run down the left and crossed the ball into East Fishkill’s penalty box.

After a scramble, Colin August sent a nice shot to the lower right corner of the goal to start the scoring. East Fishkill continued their strong midfield play and attacked Arsenal frequently after conceding the goal, eventually tying the game with a low shot from six yards out. The reliable Arsenal defense of Aidan Sullivan-Hoch, Patrick DiNardo, David Tacuri, and Roy Smith along with holding midfielder Matthew Nachamkin withstood considerable pressure as the East Fishkill Force lived up to their team name.

Additionally, Chase Mayer, Arsenal’s goalie, made some important saves on several East Fishkill opportunities. At the 15-minute mark, however, East Fishkill scored from 20-yards out following an Arsenal clearance. Three minutes later, another long-range effort from just outside the penalty box went in and East Fishkill went ahead 3-1.

Until the final minutes of the half, Arsenal midfielders Evan Maasik, Tim Ben Adi, Colin August, Stefano Hammond, Danny Urbanak, Stephen Robinson, and Jasper Drake took more control of the game and found their passing. Arsenal came close to scoring off a well-struck free kick by DiNardo. As half time approached, East Fishkill added to their lead with a tap in from six-yards out. East Fishkill’s 4-1 lead was quickly reduced when Drake corralled the ball in midfield, penetrated the East Fishkill defense, and finished with a hard long range shot that went through the goalkeepers legs, closing the half with East Fishkill in the lead 4-2.

East Fishkill started the second half strong, scoring two quick goals, and within a few minutes the score was 6-2. At this point, the Arsenal team showed excellent character, and dug deep to try to close the gap. After a long run from midfield, Ryan Eng-Wong was fouled in the East Fishkill penalty box and scored on the ensuing penalty kick to make it 6-3. Soon, it was 6-4 following another scramble in the East Fishkill goalmouth triggered by a long ball into the box.

August was again alert and was able to finished well from close in. During the last 20 minutes, the entire Arsenal team found their passing lanes, ran into open spaces, and produced good combinations. The Force, however, still had some energy and scored from the center of the Arsenal 18-yard box following good build-up play from their favored right attacking side, making it 7-4 to East Fishkill.

Arsenal, however, would not give up. In the final ten minutes, a comeback started to take shape. August completed his hat-trick with another goal from within the penalty box, assisted by DiNardo following a throw-in by Maasik, making it 7-5 to East Fishkill. A couple of minutes later, Robinson hit a well-weighted ball from midfield to an in-stride Maasik who finished from 12 yards out into the bottom left corner of the East Fishkill goal, 7-6 to East Fishkill.

Unfortunately, time ran out for Arsenal but the game did not feel like a loss. Arsenal can hold their heads high as they prepare for the May 14 game that, interestingly, is at home against East Fishkill. It should be entertaining!

Chargers Rebound Versus Red Bulls

After a tightly contested match last weekend, the Boys U16 Philipstown Chargers came back strong with a victory over the Beekman Red Bulls. The visiting Chargers were first to get on the board 7 minutes in when Dominic Farina crossed to Tahiem McCormick, who blasted a shot off the Red Bulls keeper and put away the rebound for a score. After some back-and-forth action, the Chargers regained control and middie Kyle Salva showed off his speed, darting past a Beekman defender and crossing a shot to the opposite side of the net, making the score 2-0 Chargers.

After the half, Salva showed he was not done yet. He passed to striker Luke Hammond who turned and shot to make the score 3-0. After the Red Bulls got a goal of their own on the board, the Chargers defense locked in. Defenders Collin Eng-Wong, Elias Henderson, Zack Maher, Hayden Mayer, Quinn Petkus and Ben Strol shut the Red Bulls out the rest of the game.

Keeper John O’Donnell made some great saves and didn’t let the Red Bulls get any easy balls inside the 18 yard box. Luke Hammond put the game away with his second goal of the day, a powerful strike from the top of the 18 yard box, making the final score 4-1, Philipstown over Beekman. The Chargers will take on Kingston on May 14 at home.

Phoenix Versus the Weather

The Philipstown Girls’ U12 Phoenix fought both the weather and the Southern Dutchess Snow Leopards in their second match of the season. In the first half, in pouring rain and freezing cold, the defensive line of Josie Foley-Hedlund, Isabella Lukic and Walker Tinsley, along with goalie Maggie Gordineer held back the Snow Leopard attackers and kept the score tied at 0-0 going into the second half – an impressive feat given the weather and field conditions.

The second half started off with a questionable call from the referee resulting in a penalty shot for the Snow Leopards who went up 1 to 0. Phoenix midfielders Vanja Booth, Ruby Poses, Amber Skye-Korcz and Clara Tripp kept pushing the ball up the field, and gave their forwards: Megan Ferreira, Delaney Horan and Finola Kiter, several scoring opportunities.

The Snow Leopards were able to add two goals over the second half, but with minutes to go, Finola Kiter found the back of the net to bring the final score to 3 to 1. First-time player Madison Knott turned in a strong performance as forward and the Phoenix continue to show improvement in their passing and overall play.