Game summaries provided by Philipstown Soccer Club
U10 Vikings 4, Cornwall 0
The Philipstown boys’ U10 Vikings overpowered the visiting Cornwall Aztecs, 4-0, on Sept. 15 at Philipstown Park.
In their previous match, the Vikings allowed early, consecutive goals – an advantage they couldn’t overcome. In this match, it was the visiting Cornwall Aztecs who found themselves on their heels.
The Vikings sent speedy attacks up the right and left wings. One attack rewarded left wing Rhys Williams with an early goal. Another quickly followed from center Elias Moran, giving the Vikings a 2-0 advantage that they carried to halftime.
In the second half, the Vikings defense, led by Joey DeMarco, paralyzed the Aztecs. Oliver Choi, Trey Murphy, Ames Jannetta and goalie Patrick Shields denied all attacks while feeding balls upfield to teammates. The Vikings offense continued to attack, and right wing Parker Larsen racked up his first off-the-post scoreless hat trick, unable to convert three thrilling near-misses.
Instead, the glory went to left wing Connor Keegan, who sent a surgically precise chip over the goalie, and Jack Fitzgerald who, determined to score, found the net to secure the 4-0 victory.
The Vikings (1-1-0) next travel to face the Newburgh Chavos Juventus on Sept. 30.
U11 Hawks, 3 Cortlandt Manor 2
The Philipstown girls’ U11 Hawks edged out the Cortlandt Manor Revolution, 3-2, on Sept. 15, improving to 2-0.
The Hawks soared into the first half with a goal in the first 30 seconds of play by Anna-Catherine Nelson, then took control with teamwork and controlled passing. Marisa Peters demonstrated excellent field control from the inside, breaking through the opponents midfield time and time again to push the ball forward. Power boot Jessica Tudor maintained a defensive wall, shutting down the Revolution offense throughout the first half, aided by tight marking by defensive teammates Fiona Mooney and Sofia Rasic.
The second half relied even more heavily on the Hawks defense as the Revolution brought strong offensive pressure. Hawks goalkeeper Ava Vasta, now in the hot seat, notched seven saves. In one of the most exciting moments of the game, Sami Thomas ran down the Revolution’s right-field striker, took the ball and punched it back to the Hawks midfield in an extraordinary display of speed, grit and ball-handling.
Carmel 4, U9 Thunder 0
The Philipstown boys’ U9 Thunder played a tenacious match on Sept. 15, battling the Carmel Fuzion to a scoreless tie at the half on their opponent’s field before the Fuzion finally broke through for the win.
The Thunder’s Gavin Drury and Henry Bailey presented a strong defense from the start. Midfielders Jameson Tormey and Sebastian Rasic rushed to aid on both ends of the field. A new addition to the Thunder, Eli Beato, showed stellar hustle as a forward, and goalkeeper Archer Stubbs’ saves held the Fuzion scoreless for the first half.
Second-half goalkeepers Everett Daly and Xavier Fox kept the score close with strong saves. Gavin Drury drew gasps from the crowd with a breakaway run and shot on goal, and Archer Stubbs stepped forward for the team’s first penalty shot of the season.
While the Fuzion won, 4-0, the Thunder showed strong improvement over their performance last week. Their willingness to put their best effort forward despite the heat and the limited number of substitutes available highlighted their love for the game. “I was very proud of our team’s endurance in the heat and improvement as a team after only three practices so far this year” said Coach Brian Tormey.
Team Thunder will host the Brewster Bulls on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.
Croton 5, U11 Force 2
The Philipstown boys’ U11 Force fell short against Croton on Sept. 15 in a hard-fought match under hot sun.
The Force came out strong in the first half, racing to a 2-0 lead thanks to two beautiful goals by Bryce Kenny. But the team, which is still contending with the loss of some experienced players in the off season, couldn’t hold the lead. Croton scored an impressive quick five goals in the second half, ultimately claiming a 5-2 win.
Brewster 4, U10 Storm 1
The Philipstown boys’ U10 Storm came out at full steam on Sept. 15 in their second match of the season at home against the Brewster Pirates.
Forward Marco DeLillo got the Storm on the board early in the first half with an impressive goal. For the rest of the game, Storm turned out a strong defensive line; in particular by Griffin Lucca, who averted three potential goals by the Pirates. Forward Gavin Mahoney put in a solid performance, controlling the ball for Storm and setting up teammates.
Both Storm goalkeepers, Henry Foley-Hedlund (first half) and Theo Sacks (second half), showed focus and strength, keeping the score close throughout. Sacks saved five balls – including a diving catch – when the game heated up in the second half.
Despite those efforts, the Pirates prevailed, 4-1.