The good news for the Spackenkill High School boys soccer team on Tuesday was a 2-1 road victory over Rhinebeck in the regular-season finale for both teams, the Hawks’ first loss of the year.
The bad news is, the Spartans (11-3) and Hawks (13-1) will meet again on Oct. 22 in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League semifinals.
“We know what we’re up against,” Spackenkill coach Manny Blanco said. “We know that they’re going to be motivated, knowing that we just beat them. It’s going to be even tougher on Tuesday.”
Dan LaGasse scored the game-winning goal off a near-post run and an assist from Sean Kaufman at the 27:38 mark of the first half.
Kaufman scored Spackenkill’s first goal on a penalty kick 23:48 into the first half, exactly seven minutes after Seth McClenahan notched Rhinebeck’s goal.
The Hawks outshot Spackenkill 13-4, but Spartans goalie Issac Choi made seven saves.
“Issac had an outstanding game,” Rhinebeck coach Justin Wiesenthal said. “We had a few really quality opportunities on goal he was able to turn away.
“From the other side it didn’t feel great not being able to score, but it was impressive to watch.”
Despite their initial loss, Wiesenthal said his Hawks are not going to panic.
“We’ve had a magical season so far,” he said. “I’m very proud of the guys. I think we all agree that we have to look at a couple of things, make a couple of adjustments. Hopefully, we’ll be successful in the next go.”