PHOTOS: Arlington boys soccer rolls over Roosevelt

PHOTOS: Arlington boys soccer rolls over Roosevelt

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PHOTOS: Arlington boys soccer rolls over Roosevelt

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Arlington's Dillon Ashong, center, tries to keep the ball away from FDR's (left to right) Markese Shelby, T.J. Illuminate, and Bryan Steigenwald.

Arlington’s Dillon Ashong, center, tries to keep the ball away from FDR’s (left to right) Markese Shelby, T.J. Illuminate, and Bryan Steigenwald.

Zach Valckenaere dished two assists and Max Giancarlo anchored a smothering defense as Arlington High School topped host Franklin D. Roosevelt, 4-0, in boys soccer on Tuesday.

Vinny Colantuono put the Admirals on the board, scoring off a pass from Valckenaere in the 12th minute. Paul Makaj made it 2-0 in the 26th minute. Will Kaupsky and Frankie Ljucovic each added a goal for Arlington (3-0).

Arlington's Travis Cartica, right, tries to keep the ball away from FDR's T.J. Illuminate, left.

Arlington’s Travis Cartica, right, tries to keep the ball away from FDR’s T.J. Illuminate, left.

“What’s nice about this group so far is we’re getting goals and assists from a lot of different people,” Admirals coach Craig Sanborn said. “Teams can’t zero in on one or two guys and try to take them away.”

Ryan Wilson made two saves in the shutout and Sanborn lauded the defensive play of Giancarlo, the center-back, and Tristan Battistoni. Dylan Ashong was a key offensive facilitator, the coach said.

FDR's Brandon Gracias, right, tries to keep the ball away from Arlington's John Furcick, left.

FDR’s Brandon Gracias, right, tries to keep the ball away from Arlington’s John Furcick, left.

“Defensively, keeping a zero on the board is something we preach each and every game,” Sanborn said. “We’re doing a good job there. And from our pressure, we were able to initiate our offensive attack.”

Arlington lost “unexpectedly” in the quarterfinals last year and this group is driven by a desire to redeem itself, Sanborn said.

After a collision, Arlington's Max Giancarlo, right, notices he still has possession of the ball, while FDR's Bethuel Yebouet, left, looks back in confusion.

After a collision, Arlington’s Max Giancarlo, right, notices he still has possession of the ball, while FDR’s Bethuel Yebouet, left, looks back in confusion.

“We’re an experienced team and guys learned from last year what it takes to get to the next level,” the coach said. “Guys took that loss very seriously. It’s a group that’s very hungry and wants to get after it.”

Stephen Haynes: shaynes@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4826, Twitter: @StephenHaynes4

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