ORANGEBURG – The last time that Tappan Zee played Pearl River, the Dutchmen failed to net a goal in a disappointing loss with the Class A section title on the line.
They waited nearly a full year for a shot at redemption, but Saturday morning felt like more of the same as TZ went over 70 minutes without scoring.
In a flash, momentum shifted with two goals in about a minute to force overtime, and there was no stopping the Dutchmen from there. The result was an improbable 3-2 win over their biggest rival in a game that these players won’t forget for a long time.
“It’s a crazy game,” said senior Jack Samett, who scored the tying goal on a penalty kick in the 74th minute. “You never know what’s going to happen. Once you score a goal, your spirit is up and the other team is playing a little cautious.”
The Pirates scored both of their goals in a dominant first half, one coming from Thomas Wilson in the 24th minute and the next from Craig MacDonald less than two minutes before halftime.
After being outshot 11-3 in the opening 40 minutes, TZ continued to play back on its heels for much of the second half. But once striker Jorge Umana booted in a well-struck goal from 15 yards out in the 73rd minute, everything began to change.
Samett was awarded the penalty kick shortly thereafter, which tied the game at 2-2, and the Dutchmen were suddenly moving the ball well and applying pressure. In the closing minute of the first overtime period, Daesob Lim found Thomas Shalvey, who calmly scored the winner and sent the TZ bench into a frenzy.
“That was an incredible game,” Shalvey said. “That’s something I’ve been dreaming about — scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, running over to the crowd and taking my shirt off.”
Player of the game: Thomas Shalvey, Tappan Zee – The senior forward assisted on Umana’s goal to get the Dutchmen out of their funk and then sent everyone home by using his speed and hustle to score the winner in the 90th minute.
Turning point: Moments before Umana scored, the TZ bench was upset with a non-foul call on what could have resulted in a penalty kick. Umana took matters into his own hands (or right foot) and totally changed the complexion of the game.
“Jorge’s goal was the big momentum-changer,” Samett said. “That was the big shift for us.”
Stat line: Tappan Zee (6-2-1) — Shalvey had a goal and an assist, Umana and Samett scored and Lim added an assist. Connor Callan made 10 saves and the Dutchmen took 15 shots. Pearl River (6-2) — Wilson and MacDonald scored and Christian Madigan and Kevin Doorley had the assists. Dolan Ocasal made seven saves and the Pirates took 22 shots.
Quotable: “It’s as intense as it’s going to get,” Shalvey said of the rivalry. “It’s like (Manchester) United vs. (Manchester) City. I’m friends with nearly every single guy I was playing against today and this a game I’ve been looking forward to since we lost to them in the section final last year.”