TARRYTOWN Edgemont had countless chances to take the lead against Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday — 15 shots, if we’re going to be exact — and complete the season sweep of its league rival. But one after another, the Panthers were either turned away or off target.
“There’s that sense in the back of your mind that you might have to pay for those shots and missed opportunities,” senior midfielder Nikash Taskar said. “But in the end, you have to stay optimistic and know that you’re going to put something in.”
Drew Simon had some of the most painfully obvious misses, particularly two instances when he beat the defense but saw his shots sail wide. But the senior winger, who is known for his all-out hustle and high-end speed, just kept coming.
Finally, with 10 minutes left in the game, Simon came through. He stopped on a dime from 20 yards out and curled a shot that bounced off of the far post and in, giving Edgemont a 1-0 win.
“I got frustrated on the two (shots that went wide),” Simon said. “I expect myself to put those in the back of the net and make life a lot easier. Of course, the more difficult one is the goal that I get, but I was confident that we’d get one. We usually find a way to pull out these type of games.”
Player of the game: Drew Simon, Edgemont — Although he’d probably tell you he should have notched more than one goal, Simon was clearly the best scoring threat on the field throughout the game.
“He’s got pace like no other,” Taskar said. “You’re not going to find that in a lot of places in this league. In this league, pace is what you need, and he shows it game in and game out. I have a lot of confidence in him.”
Turning point: The Headless Horsemen had only one shot on goal in the second half, but it was a doozy. A long throw-in in the final minute of play ended up in the Panthers box, causing chaos and a mad scramble. The ball suddenly popped out and was heading for the back of the net, but Edgemont’s sophomore goalkeeper, Eliot Hamill, made a sprawling save to seal the win.
Stat line: Edgemont (10-2) — Simon scored on an assist from Stefano Rozenthal in the 70th minute and Hamill made four saves. The Panthers took 16 shots, seven of which were on goal. Sleepy Hollow (7-3-2) — Andrew Laub made six saves. The Horsemen took six shots and put four on target.
Quotable: “We just want to stay hungry,” Simon said. “We know that we’re getting a little more respect as win after win comes in, but we still have that chip on our shoulder. We think we can come out and beat anyone if we’re playing harder than the other team. That’s what we want to keep doing.”