LINCOLNDALE Somers head coach Paul Saia has a philosophy he wants his girls to follow every game: start strong and finish strong.
The Tuskers adhered to that on Friday, scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes and dominating the entire way in a 7-0 win over visiting Mahopac and living up to their ranking of second in the nation according to USA Today’s Super 25 ranking.
With the win, Somers improved to 8-0-0 on the season, and extended its unbeaten streak to 30 games, dating back to last year’s undefeated season.
“We take one game at a time; we have since last year and the year before that,” senior captain Hannon Eberts said. “We don’t think of the past, we think of the game we have that day. Off the field, people are like ‘wow, you’re really good,’ and well, we just play.”
Somers built up a 3-0 lead within the first three minutes with goals from Ciara Ostrander (2) and Eberts, effectively shutting out Mahopac before the Indians even had a chance to get anything going.
“We treat every opponent the same: with respect,” Somers head coach Paul Saia said. “First five, last five, we like to score, and I’ll take anything in between too.”
Mahopac, a team that made the Class A sectional final the previous year, has struggled with injuries all year. The Indians were down six players, the latest casualty being first-choice goalkeeper Daniella Cimadomo, and saw captain Erin Butler get hurt in the first half, though head coach Ross Fumusa said she’ll be fine for the next game.
“We’re doing the best we can, but we’re just down right now, we;re trying to get healthy,” Fumusa said. “We have ten more games, so that’s what we’re focused on now.”
Player of the game: Ciara Ostrander, Somers. The junior forward moved the ball well up top and took advantage of her opportunities, scoring the game’s first two goals within seven minutes of kickoff and completing her hat trick in the 67th minute on a well-placed shot from inside the left side of the box.
Turning point: With Somers already up 1-0, Ostrander scored directly off of a corner kick in the seventh minute to double the lead. Eberts extended the lead to 3-0 in the 12th minute, getting a break on a well-placed long ball from Claire Mensi and finishing to effectively seal the game.
Stat line: For Somers, Ostrander had three goals, Eberts had two goals and two assists, Tina Margante and Steph Righetti had a goal each, Melina Couzis had two assists, Mensi had an assist and Liz Hanley made two saves. For Mahopac, Tylar Revenson made 11 saves.
Quotable: “Two years ago, my freshman year, sectional quarterfinals, we played Rye; we looked past them and we lost,” Ostrander said. “We look one game at a time, we’ll be fine. We need to approach every game the way we always do.”