RHINEBECK – The boys soccer teams from Webutuck and Rhinebeck high schools met on Sept. 6, and the Hawks came away with a seven-goal win.
But since then, Webutuck found a way to improve — and showed it on Thursday. The Hawks and Warriors battled to a 1-1 tie.
“This was certainly a different team that came out,” Rhinebeck coach Justin Wiesenthal said of the Warriors. “This was a great game played by Webutuck.”
Senior midfielder Seth Finley put Webutuck on the board in the seventh minute. He found the back of the net off a rebound for the Warriors’ lone goal.
“We had to do what we had to do,” Finley said. “We’re happy about the tie.”
Rhinebeck trailed 1-0 at halftime, but Quinn Graziano came up with a shot to tie the game roughly five minutes into the second half.
Graziano credited Webutuck’s confidence, and admitted the Hawks underestimated the Warriors coming into the game.
“We didn’t play as well as I know we can,” Graziano said. “We were slow. We came in thinking we were going to have an easy win. They showed us we weren’t going to have an easy win. They wanted it more than us and had more energy.”
That energy was helmed by Webutuck’s 6-foot-4, 200-pound goalie Thomas Stephanopoulos. He made 20 saves, including two key stops in the overtime period.
Likewise, Rhinebeck’s defense held strong in the overtime frame. The Hawks (4-0-1) visit Dover on Monday.
“I know (Dover) is a good team, we always have good matches against them,” Wiesenthal said. “We’re looking forward to a solemn bus ride and hopefully we play better than we did (Thursday).”
Webutuck (0-5-1) hosts Pine Plains on Tuesday.
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