Hudson Valley Sports Report

COLANTUONO LIFTS ARLINGTON PAST STATE CHAMPS

Admirals Rally For Win Over Monroe-Woodbury

FREEDOM PLAINS – Let’s face it, it almost looks like a typo to see the Arlington High School boys soccer team with a pedestrian 3-3 record and not even a sniff of the state rankings.

Eyebrows were raised, wondering if this, truly, was the year where a rebuild was in order instead of a usual reload.

Hmmm.

Nothing like a win over the defending state champs to quiet the doubters.

Franco Colantuono had a spectacular game, scoring all three goals to lead the Admirals to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Monroe-Woodbury on Thursday.

Arlington trailed the reigning New York State, Class AA champions 2-0 at halftime.

“Arlington never went away,” Colantuono said. “We are young and are still working to get better each day, and this game was a huge step in the right direction.”

“We played with a lot of heart and energy,” Admirals coach Craig Sanborn said. “It was great to see our team come together for the first time this year. A real good win for our group.”

The Crusaders received goals from Owen Kelly and Chris Ryan to forge the 2-0 lead, but the tide shifted quickly after intermission. One minute into the second half M-W was whistled for a penalty in the box, and Colantuono went upper right corner with the kick to cut the lead in half.

Now playing with the momentum, Colantuono tied it on a free kick.

“Their goalie was not ready,” he told HVSR. “I took it fast and scored on an open net.”

In overtime, freshman Michael Cocca fired a shot that deflected right to Colantuono, who banged it in for the game-winner.

“It was an awesome atmosphere and a great team win,” Colantuono said. “But how we come out on Saturday against Ketcham is just as important coming off a big win like this.”

Nick Grippo made 11 saves for the Admirals while Patrick Gillen had 13 for the Crusaders.

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