Friday, April 12, 2013

Yorktown Topples Mahopac With Early Scoring Spree

By Zach Smart

Yorktown cut, dodged, dished, and fired from both mid-range and point-blank. Cherishing every possession, converting interior passes and dodges into quick rips, Yorktown coasted to a convincing 15-6 win over Mahopac at Yorktown High Friday.

Mahopac spent much of the first half starving for possession.

The Huskers (5-1) engineered a rapid-fire 10-0 surge in the first half, a scoring spree which displayed balance. Kara Starkey and Emily Concialdi permeated the driving lanes, bagging three goals each. Emalee Mongno, Gabby Berne, and Casey Duff each added a pair.

With a constant pass and move game, Yorktown sabotaged Mahopac with a barrage of shots. The patience of a spread offense induced a weary riding game for Mahopac. The Indians couldn't counter the Huskers' early shooting spree, albeit they broke out of a first half funk mid-way through the second.

Sophomore Jenna Gammer, who played sparingly last season, served as the facilitator. Gammer scored a goal and doled out a game-high four assists, feeding cutters.

The Indians' Sam Karner, now one goal shy of the 100 for her career, paced Mahopac with two goals and two assists.

“We always like playing Mahopac, they are one of our rivals so it’s always fun,” said Gammer. “We’re always trying to spread out and look for the open player. I think we’re starting to gel at the right time. We just have to make sure we stay focused. We can’t get too cocky.”

Huskers keeper Bianca Dente, a product of the Yorktown Bombers club team, kept the net sealed.

“(Dente) played very well and I think the defense is helping her achieve,” explained Huskers head coach Ellen Mager.

“They’re putting kids in position where they know a little bit more about where the shot is going. Every day she’s getting a little more confident, which is key for goalies.”

The Indians thwarted the drought with 23:43 remaining in the second half, when Sarah Lilly fired deposited a mid-ranger.

Buying into equal opportunity scoring, Yorktown now features seven players who can score on a workaday basis. Ball control and the Huskers’ ability to scoop up groundballs set the table for the offensive onslaught.

“Yorktown just kept getting the ball,” Mahopac coach Jim Lieto explained.

 “We need to try to possess the ball and take our time. Our tendency is to try to get one, but when you get one up and you don’t get the second chances, it’s frustrating. Every rebound was theirs. We had a sequence there where (Dente) makes three amazing saves. That starts to break your back.”

A Duff goal followed by a drive and pop by Gammer gave the Huskers a 4-0 edge. Displaying patience in the 7-on-7, Yorktown cycled the ball and capitalized on open looks. Back-to-back scores by Concialdi pumped the lead to 6-0. Gabby Berne then drilled back to back goals, as Yorktown began to pile it on.

“We have to be sharper, we have to have sharper cuts and get open more,” Lieto said. “Every mistake we made, they get the ball back on our end. I’ve got to do a better job at practice.”

The road to improvement began in the second, when Mahopac began tightening up defensively and (at their urging of their captains) settled into a more patient offense. Kartner and Hartner helped slice the deficit, albeit the damage had been done.