The John Jay boys soccer team still was licking its wounds after a shutout loss to Arlington High School on Monday. The Admirals had yet to allow a goal this season and Patriots coach Rob Seipp, then, described its defense as near impenetrable.
That might still hold true, but it didn’t matter on Thursday as Mike Ciardullo capitalized on a turnover and scored in the 69th minute in the Patriots’ 1-0 upset of host Arlington in Freedom Plains.
Tom Dillmann intercepted a pass near the 30 and played the ball to Ciardullo, who fired into the upper left corner from 20 yards. Harrison Kaplan made four saves for the Patriots (7-2-1).
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“We were going crazy afterwards,” Ciardullo said. “Since the loss, this rematch had been the only thing running through our heads. It’s a great feeling.”
Ryan Wilson had one save for the Admirals (8-1).
Arlington had beaten John Jay, 2-0, on Monday and extended its streak of shutouts to eight games. Wednesday, the Admirals held the Patriots to two shots on goal, but coach Craig Sanborn said, “but if you turn the ball over against a good team, they’re gonna punish you eventually.”
John Jay outside back Matt Oliveira forced a number of those turnovers, Ciardullo said.
“It was surreal,” Ciardullo said of the victory. “We hadn’t beaten Arlington in so long, so we’re excited. We took that loss to heart and knew we had to make something happen.”
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