NYACK – When the Class AA playoffs began last season, Clarkstown North was stuck sitting at home.
The Rams managed just three wins in 2013 and were left on the outside looking in, but that will not be the case in 2014. Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Nyack guaranteed that North will get to go to the big dance.
“It’s amazing right now because last year we didn’t make it, and now this year it’s a great opportunity to show all of the teams what we can do,” junior midfielder Marco Mastrorilli said. “We’re going to go out there and play our best.”
The Indians controlled possession and outshot Clarkstown North 5-1 in the opening 20 minutes, but the Rams (6-7-1) weathered the storm and struck first when Mastrorilli charged goalkeeper Jackson Munn on a loose ball and managed to tap it in.
“I was coming in, heading toward the goalie, and I’m like, ‘Why not?’ ” Mastrorilli said. “I just go after it to see what happens. I got there and just hit it in. It was about hustling.”
North goalie Jacob Tomanelli made a huge diving save in the 43rd minute on Nyack striker Hector Sandoval and North’s Cole Spagnoli hit a post in the 58th.
The score remained 1-0 until Walter Funes booted in a long goal on a counter attack that caught the Indians (5-7-1) off guard in the 71st minute.
“That relaxed the team a little bit because we were rushing a lot,” Mastrorilli said of the second goal. “It made us settle down.”
Tyler Yassky cut Nyack’s deficit to 2-1 with a free-kick goal in the 74th minute, but the Rams were able to hold on for the win.
“As soon as we beat Suffern 2-1 (on Sept. 12), we felt that as a team, we were starting to click and everything was going the right way for us,” senior defender Chris Osorio said. “Hopefully that pays off and we can make a deep run in sectionals this year.”
Nyack’s Hector Sandoval, left, fights for the ball with Clarkstown North’s Javier Perez during their game at Nyack Oct. 14, 2014. Clarkstown North won 2-1.
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