MAMARONECK – The biggest hit at the third annual Section 1 vs. Section 9 boys soccer challenge was the food truck that Pow! Burger in New Rochelle sent over to Mamaroneck High School for the day.
The host Tigers were set to play in the final game against Warwick, and their players simply couldn’t resist. Coach Rich Becker was worried that some may have overindulged too close to game time, none more so than Sebi Santamaria.
The senior forward downed two cheeseburgers and then proceeded to score the first goal in Mamaroneck’s 2-0 win, disproving his coach’s theory that the second burger would slow him down.
“I guess 90 minutes was enough for me to digest the burgers,” Santamaria joked. “Maybe I’ll have to take a trip to New Ro before every game and go to Pow! Burger.”
Santamaria came off the bench and blasted a 25-yard screamer into the top left corner of the net in the 17th minute. Seeing a backup score such a high-difficulty goal only reinforced the enviable depth that the Tigers possess.
Mamaroneck improved to 12-1-1 on the same day it moved to No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Association rankings.
“We’re No. 1 in the state for a reason,” Santamaria said. “We have third-string players who can go out there and still do better than some of our opponents.”
Mamaroneck’s second goal came in the 47th minute, when Conor LeBlanc hooked up with Alex Alma on a corner kick. The two-goal lead was plenty for the Tigers, who did not allow a shot on goal.
Since a loss to Yorktown on Sept. 12, Mamaroneck has gone 9-0-1.
“After we lost against Yorktown, we went on a streak where we scored like 17 goals and let in zero,” Santamaria said. “We’ve definitely stepped it up as a team.”
Lakeland 2, Cornwall 0: Nick Foci scored twice, in the 63rd minute and again in the 77th, to help the Hornets defeat the sixth-ranked Class A team in New York State. Luka Rudovic and Matias Prando had the assists and Nick Estrella made four saves for his third straight shutout.
Byram Hills 2, Red Hook 0: Max Hammond scored the Bobcats’ first goal in the 53rd minute on an assist from Mike Bordash. Hammond added an assist in the 73rd minute on freshman Yusef Hafez’s first varsity goal. Sam Alvis (two saves) and David Fishman (two saves) combined for the shutout.
Goshen 1, Valhalla 0, OT: Less than four minutes into overtime, Liam Kelly scored the winning goal. Michael Glick made five saves for the shutout and Lorenzo Luciano made eight saves for the Vikings.
Spackenkill 1, Bronxville 0: Jake Kaufman scored the lone goal in the fourth minute. Quinn McGinnis made six saves for the shutout and Eddie Connors made four saves for the Broncos.
More results from Monday…
Scarsdale 1, Yorktown 1, 2 OT: At Scarsdale, Enzo Sangiacomo scored for the Huskers on an assist from Joey Landicino and Michael Spiro equalized for the Raiders on a penalty kick.
Brewster 3, Sleepy Hollow 1: At Sleepy, Hugo Guerra had a hat trick and Marko Poljak had two assists. Cristian Sarris scored for the Horsemen.
Tappan Zee 4, Clarkstown North 0: At TZ, Jorge Umana had a hat trick, Thomas Shalvey had a goal and an assist and Daesob Lim had two assists.
Rye Neck 2, Keio 1: At Rye Neck, Reed Peterson and Pierre Klur scored for the Panthers and Tom Bermingham made nine saves. Chistao Tahara scored for the Unicorns.
Kennedy 2, Spellman 1: At Spellman, Nico Quartironi scored the winner after Luke Ferrari had the equalizer.
Nyack 2, Clarkstown South 0: At Nyack, Quinn Burch and Wismento Saint-Germain scored. Karl McGinnis made five saves for the shutout.
Pearl River 5, North Rockland 0: At Pearl River, Denis Fleming had two goals and an assist, Kevin Doorley scored twice and Craig MacDonald had three assists.
New Rochelle 1, Port Chester 0: At New Ro, David Lopez scored on an assist from Omar Espinoza.
Riverside 2, Saunders 0: At Tibbetts Brook Park, Esad Mackic and Richard Gomez scored.