MHAL Tournament 10/13 & 10/25
MHAL Tournament 10/23 & 10/25
@ Marlboro High School
FDR: 1 Red Hook: 1 (Red Hook 4 - FDR 2 (PK's)
Goals: Yury Wajda (PK's - Yury Wajda, Matt Koziol)
Saves: Mike Bojko (7)
Coaches Notes: You guys played your best game of the season yesterday. I am so proud of the fight and relentless effort you put forth. Many of you really stepped up once we were left to play without one of our best players on the team. We love you Pat and we hope you get well soon!
You guys executed every aspect of the game perfectly. We did not let Red Hook get any quality scoring opportunities, we consistently switched the point of attack from the back, we won the midfield battle, we were able to score against a very stingy defense, and we competed with every ounce of energy we had. We worked together, we communicated, we got high quality minutes from guys rotating off the bench, and also had guys play through painful, banged, and bruised ankles (Gabes and Benji). We were just a bit unlucky to have a handball called against us in the box 7 minutes into the game. Both Coach Sutton and myself agree that we hate to see a game decided by penalty kicks. We were obviously the better team Saturday afternoon and that is what makes walking away from the MHAL Championship so tough.
Our game ended as a tie and will be recorded as a tie. We only went to PK's to decide who will play in the final. I know this is a tough game to accept right now but I hope you are happy with the way you played. That kind of effort and disciplined soccer is just what we need to win a Section IX championship. Back to work tomorrow.
Non-League 3-1Overall 12-2-1
Poughkeepsie Journal 10/24/2010
Soccer roundup: Red Hook boys advance to MHAL title game on penalty kicks
The Mid-Hudson Athletic League boys soccer finals are set.
Red Hook High School tied Franklin D. Roosevelt 1-1 on Saturday at Dennis Burkett Field, and then bested the Presidents on penalty kicks 4-2 to advance to Monday night's final. Ellenville defeated Webutuck, 6-2, in the other semifinal.
Red Hook will face Ellenville on Monday at 7 p.m. in Marlboro.
Kyle Murphy scored first for Red Hook 7:14 into the first half on a penalty kick when Roosevelt was called for a hand ball in the box. Yury Wajda scored the game-tying goal 12:11 into the second half. Murphy, Dave Marchessault, Andrew Dyal and Tyler Sivulich scored in the shootout for Red Hook. Wajda and Mat Koziol tallied in the shootout for the Presidents.
Each team sustained tough injuries in the semifinal. Roosevelt center midfielder Patrick Noonan suffered a knee injury in the first half and did not return. Red Hook's Macklin Willigan was also injured in the game.
"It was kind of a battle of attrition," Red Hook coach Steve Sutton said. "We were pretty tired. I haven't seen that in my team this year, so that was pretty surprising that we didn't have more legs late in the game."
Caleb Mansfield made three saves for Red Hook. Mike Bojko made nine saves for Roosevelt.
In Ellenville's win over Webutuck, John Paulsen scored a natural hat trick — netting three goals in a span of 3:21 of the first half.
Matt Matteo scored early in the first half for Webutuck, and Joey Giblin scored early in the second half.
Sutton said he saw Ellenville in the first semifinal."They're fast and big," Sutton said. "We'll see what happens if we can get today behind us.
Poughkeepsie Journal 10/20/2010
MHAL soccer championships heading outsidePhil Strum • Poughkeepsie Journal • October 20, 2010
The Mid-Hudson Athletic League boys and girls soccer championships are moving outdoors.
After being hosted for five years by the Hudson Valley Sportsdome in Milton, the league's semifinals and finals will be played at Marlboro High School's new Dennis Burkett Field.
The girls soccer semifinals are on Thursday with Spackenkill and Millbrook meeting at 5 p.m., followed by Red Hook and Wallkill. The boys soccer semifinals are on Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon. MHAL championship games will be played on Monday, with the girls title game contested at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
"The league asked us if we can accommodate them by hosting the championships, and, by all means, we said yes," Marlboro director of athletics Jonnah O'Donnell said.
The Sportsdome, run by Nick Pizza, will continue to host the MHAL field hockey tournament, which concludes with tonight's final between Red Hook and Kingston.
"We're looking forward to continuing the great tradition that Nick has at the Dome," O'Donnell said.
Clearly, the biggest difference between Milton and Marlboro will be the playing conditions. Most teams in the MHAL play the bulk of their regular seasons and sectional play outdoors, so this move makes sense for them.
"It's always been fun playing inside the Dome," Rhinebeck boys soccer coach Justin Wiesenthal said. "It's a great atmosphere and a very loud and tight atmosphere. It's tough to go from playing inside to outside. I'd much rather have the boys used to cold weather than used to playing on the turf."
That weather, as Red Hook girls soccer coach Jason Pavlich points out, could be trouble for schedule-makers trying to get the correct amount of games in before the Section 9 tournament.
"The obvious detriment to being back outside is that you're at the whims of the weather," Pavlich said. "The Dome was nice because you knew the game was happening regardless of what happened outside."
Pavlich, whose Raiders have won the last three MHAL titles, said he had a bit of difficulty at times coaching in the Dome.
"It's fairly easy to lose your bearings on the field," Pavlich said. "It's closed in. There's so many lines on the field. The crowd is on top of you. It's difficult to communicate with players."
Pavlich, though, enjoyed holding the MHAL championships at the Dome.
"I didn't really mind the Dome and the Dome was great until we had an alternative site," he said. "Marlboro has field turf and a scoreboard and it's our best option."It's nice to bring it outdoors where the game should be."