It was 17 minutes into the first half when Arlington High School’s Paul Makaj fired a shot on goal that was deflected by Beacon’s goalkeeper. Dillon Ashong followed the shot for the rebound and poured in the host Admirals’ first goal in a game that wrapped up 4-0 in Arlington’s favor on Friday.
George Pogyo then found the back of the net off an assist by A.J. Ramputi, and the Admirals (11-1) went into halftime with a 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs.
“We came out and really handled the ball well. We played quick in the beginning,” said Arlington coach Craig Sanborn.
And quick was important, as Sanborn described the Beacon team as “big, athletic kids,” who also ran the ball well and with a lot of speed.
The coach admitted the Admirals settled and got a little sloppy toward the end of the first half, and Beacon capitalized on the waning speed and flagging effort of Arlington.
“They really took it to us in the second half, put a lot of pressure on us,” Sanborn said. “They really played with a lot of steam.”
But the Admirals pressed in all the more, and Makaj came up with the third goal that “helped put things away for us,” Sanborn said.
Vinny Colantuono poured in the fourth and final goal to seal the win.
Ryan Wilson made two saves for the shutout.
“We’re back to another big league match on Tuesday,” the coach said, referring to the Admirals home game against rival Roy C. Ketcham. “Our first match (against Ketcham) was physical, an all-out good game and we’ll have our hands full.”
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