POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – What a week it’s been for the Spackenkill Spartans boys soccer team. Actually what a month it’s been for the Spack boys. The Spartans haven’t lost a game since the second day of September. Since then, Spackenkill has rattled off 10 consecutive wins, including three this week (Pine Plains, Rhinebeck, and Millbrook).
“We’re playing really well right now and rallying for 10 straight wins after starting the season at 0-2 has really boosted confidence and moral. We’re really playing as a team and the chemistry has been great. I couldn’t ask for more from them”, claimed Spackenkill Head Soccer Coach, Manny Blanco.
On Thursday, Spackenkill threatened form the opening whistle, but were stonewalled by Millbrook goalie Jahaziel Jimenez. The sophomore keeper was stopping and blocking everything the Spartans were throwing at him; including a penalty kick at point blank range.
But when Andrew Moreira got things started with a header in the 13th minute, the flood gates opened and Spackenkill had a 4-0 lead at halftime.
One of the highlighted goals in the first half came when Ian Nevers followed a Demetrius Maroukis shot on goal that was initially blocked by Jimenez. What made this goal significant is that Nevers is the Spartans keeper, but on this day he started as a striker.
“Nick Genco told me I needed to score”, said a joyous Nevers, “They tried to give me the opportunity and it worked out for me today”.
This is Nevers’ first year playing varsity soccer. In previous years, Nevers played on the Spackenkill football team.
“We’ve been on a hot streak”, commented Senior Captain Giancarlo Porco, ” It’s good to see everyone working together on the field like that. We play better when we’re together like that”.
The 10-2 Spartans will play Bronxville in a non-league game on Monday and then John Coleman to finish out the regular season.