Yorktown Huskers overwhelm Somers
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LINCOLNDALE, N.Y. — Yorktown was understandably disappointed with its performance in a 10-goal loss to Long Island powerhouse Smithtown West on April 14.
“It was pretty upsetting,” senior midfielder Frankie Fusco said. “We felt pretty embarrassed, especially being on TV. We brought everyone in after that and said, ‘We’re never going to let this happen again.’”
They haven’t yet. Ever since that loss the Huskers have been stuffing the stat sheet and demolishing the opposition.
That theme continued on Thursday when Yorktown jumped out to a 10-3 halftime lead and cruised past host Somers, 16-9.
“Somers is a great program, you never want to underestimate anybody,” said Fusco, who scored a game-high six goals. “We came out firing.”
It was the Huskers’ fourth win in a row and helped them improve to 8-2. In their last four games, they’ve netted an unbelievable 68 goals (average of 17 per game).
Yorktown knew it couldn’t get too overconfident after a colossal 11-9 win over Darien on Tuesday.
“We wanted to show that Darien wasn’t a fluke and that we’re the best team in the section,” said senior attackman Conor Gately, who scored four goals and dished out four assists.
“As captains, we kind of brought everyone in and told them it’s one game,” Fusco said. “You’ve got to come out and you’ve got to play every single game on your schedule.”
The goal barrage started early against Somers and really never stopped. Gately scored with five seconds left in the first quarter to give the Huskers a 5-1 lead.
“We wanted to come out with a lot of emotion like we did against Darien,” Gately said. “We got a lead and we didn’t look back. We’re clicking at the right time.”
Fusco netted a goal with 12 seconds left in the first half to extend the lead to 10-3.
“Everyone’s moving the ball real well and cutting off ball,” Fusco said. “Our defense has also stepped up their game and started playing the way they should. Austin Graham has been clutch (in goal).”
The Tuskers struggled to maintain possession and get off solid looks in the first half. Somers (7-4) came to life in the second half, but at that point it was too little, too late. An Anthony Carpenter (three goals) tally cut the deficit to 14-6 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
After Yorktown’s Connor Vercruysse scored to start the fourth quarter, Alex Corpolongo and Chris Marasco answered for Somers to cut it to 15-8.
Also contributing for the Huskers was Brian Prestreau, who had two goals. Brian Quigley netted one goal and had an assist. Joey Raniolo and Danny Manning each had one goal. Austin Graham made 11 saves.
Marasco and Johnny Cegielski each had two goals and an assist for Somers. Kevin Cousin had three assists. Marc Fiocco added one goal. Chris Cousin made 13 saves.
Yorktown will look to keep the wins coming when it faces Mahopac on Tuesday. The defending Section 1 Class B champions fell to Mahopac last season.
“The next game against Mahopac is big,” Gately said. “We’re just going to keep on rolling hopefully.”
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