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ARLINGTON BOYS OPEN WITH VICTORY

Admirals Shut Out Mahopac On The Pitch, 2-0

MAHOPAC – For the better part of more than 35 years now, former Arlington High School boys soccer coach Gary Montalto and current coach Craig Sanborn have both said the same thing.

Going to Mahopac to play the Indians on their home field, no matter what the records, no matter what time of year, has always been a difficult proposition for the Admirals.

So imagine having that as your opening game of a unique season that had already been delayed and now includes the wearing of face masks.

“I didn’t even want to think about it,” Sanborn said with a laugh, a laugh he could afford to have after Arlington beat Mahopac, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon thanks in large part to goalkeeper Brendan Corrigan’s save on a penalty kick when it was still a one-goal game in the second half.

“I thought we played well in the first half and then we came out really sloppy,” Sanborn said, “and then we fouled their kid in the box and I’m like ‘Oh, here we go.’”:

But Corrigan, the backup to Nicholas Grippo last year, came up huge with the save to preserve the 1-0 lead and, ultimately, the game.

“Brendan did a great job reading their shooter,” Sanborn said. “At the high school level I always tell my keepers to try to read the shooter instead of just trying to guess which side he’ll go to.”

That was in the 65th minute of the game. Two minutes later, Arlington’s Jason Wuytak scored unassisted to make it 2-0 after teammate Henry Lavariega tallied in the first half on an assist from Drew McIntyre.

“I think the boys played much better than the result showed,” first-year coach Chris Mulholland said of his Indians, who lost their opener against John Jay on Tuesday. “Opening up against John Jay and Arlington is tough but good for us in the long run. We now have played against the top competition and know what to expect out of ourselves, and I think that showed by how much better we played today than we did on Tuesday.”

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