The Mamaroneck Boys soccer team will face Byram Hills, the #1 ranked team in the State for Class A, on Saturday, October 17th at 7pm.
USA Today named Junior Midfielder Alex Alma Player of the Week
Steven Rothman has this analysis from the Mamaroneck Globe:
After graduating 17 seniors and returning seven players, only two of which were starters, expectations were kept in check for this year’s Mamaroneck Boys Soccer team. Media members from around the section cited the teams’ youth as a cause for concern regarding the Tigers’ chances this year – something that didn’t sit well with the team.
“Honestly, it bothered us a lot that people doubted us from the start. That being said, it didn’t make us stop playing our game and working hard every practice to get better,” captain Jack Spiridellis ‘17 said.
The most exciting game of the season came against John Jay East Fishkill on September 3rd. With the Tigers leading 1-0 in the second half, a defensive lapse left goalie Dante Rhodes ’17 one-on-one with a John Jay forward. He appeared to make a brilliant sliding save, which would have kept the Tigers in front, but the referee called for a penalty.
John Jay converted the PK, and the game eventually went to overtime. In the first session of OT, Alex Alma ‘17, just minutes after leaving the game with a calf cramp, scored the golden goal, his second of the match, propelling the Tigers to a 2-1 win.
“At the end of regulation, my calves were cramping and I was pissed because I wanted revenge from last year’s section final loss so I pushed through the pain for overtime. Coming into overtime, I thought about how hard the team had worked all summer and how badly I wanted this win. Noel (Vidal ’17) played the ball across and with one touch, I got good contact and it bombed into the bottom left corner. After losing such a devastating game last year, I was so happy to beat them, and I ripped off my shirt and came to celebrate with my teammates and the fans,” Alma said, recalling the moment.
The team is clearly one of the youngest in the section, but it’s also loaded with potential. They’ve got a flair for the dramatic, and the ability to do big things, but it’s anybody’s guess as to how far they’ll go. What we do know is that they’ve got a great mindset, and the knowledge that they can compete with the section’s soccer elite.
photo: FAL photography