Philipstown Soccer Club (Week 4)

U16 Chargers 3, Red Hook 1
U9 Vikings 5, U9 Storm 0
U14 Arsenal 3, Greenwood Lake 2

Chargers Defeat Tough Red Hook Team

Philipstown’s U-16 Chargers traveled to Red Hook last Sunday to take on one of the division leaders, the Red Hook Tornados.

The Chargers and Tornados started off the match very evenly matched, with several back and forth plays and no clear advantage for either team. The Tornados were first to get on the board off a throw-in that was received and volleyed into the corner of the Chargers net, leaving the score 1-0 Tornados at the half.

After the half, however, the Chargers took control. The defense of Dominic Farina, Luke Hammond, and Zach Mayer kept the ball outside of the 18-yard box, while Quinn Petkus did an admirable job marking the Tornados strongest offensive threat. The Chargers offense stepped up with constant pressure, and a Kyle Mayo shot was stopped by the Tornados keeper but middie Carter Bond was there to knock in the deflection – game tied 1-1.

The Chargers midfield of Gabe Dabkowski, Collin Eng-Wong, Alek Maasik, Jesse Sherman, and Luke Wimer were able to control and pass to striker Will Stark for multiple opportunities on goal. Halfway through the 2nd half, Stark made a throw-in which Sherman headed toward goal and Mayo knocked in to put the Chargers up 2-1.

Once the lead was in hand, the Chargers did not relent, with continued added pressure from the middies and striker. Stark made a sharp pass back to Mayo who his a spinner shot with some special sauce into the corner of the net. Chargers now were up 3-1. Keeper Chris Odonnell did face a few threats and shots but made some great saves and held onto the ball. Chargers win 3-1 the match in this comeback effort, and now sit at the top of the division rankings.

Vikings Victorious over Storm

In their first ever head-to-head meeting, Philipstown club-mates Storm and Vikings (U9 boys) faced off in a mid-season local derby.

Given the number of familiar, friendly faces, both teams were in a relaxed pre-game mood. But, from the opening whistle, it was the Vikings who set the tone for the match with a patient, but assertive offensive effort. Within minutes of play, a Vikings pass from the wing found center Elias Moran who controlled the ball and promptly scored. From there, the Vikings played in a comfortable rhythm, continually pressing the Storm defense. One foray upfield rewarded Rhys Williams with a goal to make it a 2-0 match.

Forward Connor Keegan next sent the ball into the Storm goal, giving his team a 3-0 advantage at the half. On the Storm side of the ball, the defensive line of Lincoln Wayland and Griffin Lucca saw significant pressure from the beginning of the game, necessitating supporting contributions from middies Gavin Mahoney and Taya Robinson. The Vikings kept first-half Storm keeper Henry Foley-Hedlund busy, but he came up with a big save at the half sending him off the field smiling.

Newcomer Maksum Shevchyk also showed great progress on defense. In the second half an active Vikings defense – with strong contributions from Oliver Choi, Joey Smith and Joseph DeMarco – created numerous scoring opportunities for the Vikings. Some nice runs down the left side by the Storm partnership of Taya Robinson and Lenny Wolfe were quickly countered by the Vikings.

One such opportunity saw Viking Elias Moran score his second goal of the match and Joey Smith, making the most of a brief upfield posting on offense, sank another one into the Storm goal before the match concluded in a 5-0 victory for the Vikings. Now 2-1-1, the Vikings next host the Shrub Oak Rebels on May 13 at noon.

Arsenal Wins Against Stealthy Pandas

The boys’ U14 Philipstown Arsenal soccer team traveled to Greenwood Lake to play against the Stealthy Pandas for their first win of the season.

The Stealthy Pandas came to play, challenging Arsenal’s defense and goalie for another suspenseful game. For the first half of the game, Arsenal dominated the field and put up one goal delivered by Evan Maasik with an assist from Chase Mayer. During the second half of the game Arsenal came out strong with a goal delivered by Ryan Eng-Wong just after the four-minute mark.

The Stealthy Pandas challenged the Arsenal by putting up two goals at the 12 and 20-minute marks to tie up the game. Arsenals’ exceptional goalie Danny Urbanak was actively defendint the goal for the majority of the game with support from the defense – David Tacuri, Ezra Beato, Dan Carlos, Patrick DiNardo, Jasper Drake, Aiden Sullivan-Hoch and Stephen Robinson. The Arsenal offense of Chase Mayer, Evan Maasik, Ryan Eng-Wong, and Tim Ben-Adi made multiple attempts to score on the Stealthy Pandas with success at the 25-minute mark with a goal delivered by Colin August.

Both the Stealthy Pandas and the Arsenal delivered a strong entertaining game, resulting in Arsenal’s first win of the season with a final 3-2 score.

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