POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – This year’s Spackenkill Spartan boys soccer team knew that coming into this season it would have to rely on team chemistry. With the absence of Chris Stamper last season, and the absence of Jake Kaufman this season, the perennial boys soccer threat is not in an identity crisis with two quick wins over Oneonta, last week and Monday’s 4-0 win over Ellenville to start the season. But the Spartans are quickly realizing that they don’t have a “go-to” guy like they did when Stamper and Kaufman were around.
“We don’t have that one stand out guy this year”, said head coach Manny Blanco, referring to the aforementioned standout players. “This year we all have to play as a team and I think we’re learning how to do that”. So Spackenkill is combining chemistry and math to add up to a good start early in the season.
In Monday evening’s game against league foe, Ellenville, the Spartans put together a collective effort of offense and defense, albeit against a very young Ellenville team that carries just three seniors; Spackenkill has 11 seniors.
“This is always a tough place to play and I think our younger guys came out a little intimidated and that’s what led to Spackenkill scoring three goals in the first half.”, said Ellenville head coach Max Mead. “But I think we played a very solid second half and so we’ll build on that.”
Spackenkill Senior forward Demetrios Maroukis scored the first goal of the game in the 23rd minute and then scored again just before the first half ended.
Andrew Moreira scored on a penalty kick, and Corey Mazzarelli rounded out the scoring as time was winding down in the contest.
So if Spackenkill continues to learn its chemistry, the Spartans will be able to do the math right into the Sectional championship game.